Irish promoter Martin Thomas passes away

Hot Press is saddened to learn about the death of Irish promoter, Martin Thomas.

Martin Thomas, one of the leading lights of the Irish dance music scene for many years, has passed away in Dublin.

Along with Rory O'Keeffe, Martin was the driving force behind Rock & Roll Rescue Squad, Strictly Fish, Strictly Handbag, Ultra Lounge and Most Wanted, among other promotional and musical initiatives. One of the most influential promoters on the Irish scene, he was a genuine ideas man, who also had a huge passion for music.

In 2005, Martin set up the rock'n'roll karaoke experience 'Song Of Praise'. Guest DJs in Thomas' clubs have included big names like Kevin Rowland, Terry Hall, Glen Matlock and Will Sergeant – reflecting the huge respect in which he was held throughout the business.

Amongst his other ventures, Thomas also ran an Artisan Parlour & Grocery in Ringsend Village with his wife Venetia Quick. Hot Press passes on its condolences to Venetia, a good friend of the magazine, who works with Q102 radio station in Dublin.

We will bring you further news as it emerges.


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