A singular spirit who had the vision thing

The genius of the late John Reynolds lay in his ability to tap the potential of the unlikeliest venues in Ireland and then cajole their custodians into realising his dreams, writes his longtime friend David Bell

John Reynolds, the music promoter who founded the Electric Picnic festival, was laid to rest last Thursday Pic: Raymond Bell

The first time I met John Reynolds was outside a Village People concert in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, which he and Louis Walsh were promoting. At the time, I didn’t even know who was playing as I turned up, a wannabe music journalist, entourage in tow, demanding to be let in. We hoped it was the Fleadh Cowboys. I guess, in a way, it was. We got turned away by John and Louis ...