‘No one has touched him in terms of pure, fresh-faced originality’

‘No one has touched him in terms of pure, fresh-faced originality’
John Reynolds outside POD, the venue which helped transform the club scene in Dublin Pic: Tony O’Shea

John Reynolds had been in a particularly creative phase in recent times with the success of Electric Picnic challenger All Together Now and this weekend’s innovative indoor festival Metropolis

When Declan O’Regan and his much-missed brother Hugh opened Hogans bar in Dublin, John Reynolds was one of the first people to sit at the counter. Down the road, on Harcourt Street, Reynolds was set to launch the POD, the legendary Place of Dance, a converted railway building that would be home to music and spectacle and bacchanalian delights of a kind unknown before in Ireland.

It was 1993 and, like the O’Regans, Reynolds...

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