iAndy Barker (808 State) RIPWe are sorry to hear of the death of Andy Barker from 808 State. A vibrant and key force in the Manchester dance scene as well as being a key part of the groundbreaking and highly influential band Andy was a much loved part of the city’s music scene.

The band posted this statement.

‘It’s with a heavy heart I have to deliver the tragic news of the passing of Andy Barker – here is a statement from his immediate family. “After a happy life Andrew Barker experienced a short period of illness and passed away in his hometown of Manchester yesterday, Saturday 6th November. His family and friends asks that people respect their privacy at this time but remember him for the joy he brought through his personality and music. You’ll be sadly missed”


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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. Absolutely devastating news… i see andy about the streets of heaton moor regularly, always stop for a chat or a pint… never had a bad moment in his company… weve lost a very rare lad , its been a pleasure to know him, and he’ll leave a big hole in the fabric of manchester music !. Peace to you andy, X Mani.


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