Dave Booth RIP (legendary Manchester DJ)We are sad to report the death of legendary Manchester DJ Dave Booth.

An affable and engaging presence with a tower of musical knowledge, Dave was at the heart and soul of the Manchester scene. Without him Manchester would have not had its psychedelic edge or its nod to the dance floor – he turned a generation of bands like the Stone Roses on with his amazing record collection.

He was the most influential indie DJ of the mid to late eighties period and a profound influence on  Tony Wilson’s great claim that ‘Manchester kids have the best record collections…” Those records collections would have been incomplete without Dave’s amazing DJ sets and enthusiasm for all forms of music – a musical taste driven by instinct instead of fashion. Dave was music through and through and massively respected by all the bands in the city.

He co-created the Playpen nights that were fundamental in this musical flux and also the Blood Club. When the Roses broke huge they paid him back by booking him for their biggest shows.

Dave was the DJ that turned the Stone Roses onto Love and the many other wonders of sixties psyche and beyond. He could play that style of music, indie, dance, Northern soul, goth and post punk band mix is all up into a stunning whole. He was a musical portal that changed the way that Manchester music sounded but was far too modest to ever take any credit. He was also a proper DJ who loved his craft and made it seem so effortless. For him, it was always about the music and he would be far too immersed in those moments of musical greatness to ever blow his own trumpet.

But the people that knew always knew – we always championed his energy and his broad taste and vision and there is a great article about him here.

Above all this, he was a thoroughly decent man and a great few hours of in depth music conversation when you bumped into him on the city streets.

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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. What an absolute loss from the cultural landscape of Manchester… THE HANGOUT in the late 1980s was where it all began for me and many others of my generation RIP

  2. God what a loss god bless him.. He was a part of the fabric a Manchester night life..playpen.. Legends.. What a sad loss… The best to his family

  3. Heartbreaking news. Such a beautiful soul. So passionate about music, that love of of music was infectious. Will be sorely missed.

  4. I was shocked and saddened at the very sad news that the Legendary Manchester DJ Dave Booth had very sadly passed away. Dave was a friend of mine ,and he was a great man and a great DJ and will be very sadly missed by everyone who know him. Dave had Dj’ed everywhere and had Dj’ed for me at The Twisted Wheel Club at 6. Whitworth Street. A great loss to Manchester. Pete Roberts.

  5. We had some great night’s out at Northern soul with Dave and his then wife Debbie. Lovely man. R.I.P. Dave.
    Our thoughts and prayers to his family.x

  6. Sorry to hear the sad news that Dave has passed away…we had some great night’s out at Northern soul with him and his then wife Debbie.
    Lovely man, great dj.. R.I.P. .. Our thoughts and prayers to his family x


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