Legendary Irish music promoter Vince Power has died aged 76

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Vince Power, the legendary Irish music promoter who ran events all over the UK, Ireland, and beyond, has died at the age of 76.

Born John Vincent Power, the “revolutionary” promoter and festival owner was involved in the making of Reading & Leeds, Barcelona’s Benicàssim, and had a hand in the running of Glastonbury over the years.

The news of his death was confirmed in a statement by his family, who announced (via The Irish Post): “It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Vince Power.”

“A visionary entrepreneur who enhanced and influenced the music industry significantly, whilst always being a dedicated, loving father and a loyal friend to so many.”

Power was appointed a CBE in 2006, and has been credited with changing the face of live music in the UK and Ireland for the better. Amongst his ventures is the iconic Mean Fiddler, a venue dedicated to up-and-coming talent in North London.

Born in Waterford, just south of Kilkenny, Power would eventually move to London in his teen years where he ran a successful second-hand furniture store. Using the funds from his business, Power opened Mean Fiddler in 1982.

The venue was opened in the basement of London Astoria and operated as a live music venue, nightclub, and gay bar, hosting the likes of Annie Lennox, Roy Orbison, and Jamiroquai over the course of 26 years.

Power also helmed the UK’s first-ever four-day festival, named The Phoenix, which offered an alternative to festivals such as Glastonbury and Reading.

By 1996, the Phoenix line-up included the likes of David Bowie, Björk, The Prodigy, Leftfield, Goldie, The Chemical Brothers, and Cocteau Twins, with a huge haul of dance music acts.

Read some tributes to Vince Power below.

Gemma Ross is Mixmag’s Assistant Editor, follow her on Twitter

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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