- 20 Nov 18
The sad passing of John Reynolds came as a huge blow to his family, his friends and to the Irish music industry. Here, Paul Nolan pays tribute...
It's not an exaggeration to say that John Reynolds permanently altered the gigging and festival landscape in Ireland. Having debuted in 2004, Electric Picnic really hit its stride in the ensuing two years - incredible events that have a fond place in the memories of all who attended.
John had hit on the rather excellent idea of building an event around left-field acts who could get somewhat lost at other festivals. Featured in one of the tents in 2005, Arcade Fire became instantly legendary. But there were so many other memorable moments, both that year and next: Devendra Banhart, Mogwai, LCD Soundsystem, Kraftwerk, New Order, the Pet Shop Boys, Gary Numan, Sparks, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more.
Throw in a brilliant array of extracurricular activities and a hugely popular chill-out area, all taking place in an incredible atmosphere at the Stradbally Estate, and it was clear that a new type of Irish festival experience had arrived.