The death of key Manchester alternative DJ is being rightfully mourned across the city’s music scene. If Manchester’s music history is now world famous the story gets more and more linear over the years. Like all music scenes it was a patchwork of different people creating a whole. The Hacienda may have been a new kind of club but it was not the only game in town.
For years the Ritz had the crowds and its key player was John Gannon, whose Monday night was always packed with over a 1000 people in there dancing joyously to his DJ sets that embraced alternative music and took people on a trip.
Not enough is made of these kind of nights and these kind of DJs, John’s death – along with the recent death of DJ David Booth puts a sharp focus on the key players in the city culture. Both of them were fonts of musical knowledge and great DJs who could fill a floor with the best of alternative music from the period.
John Gannon’s nights at the Ritz saw that venue’s famous sprung dance floor witness all manner of drunken wonk dancing, goth meandering and indie shuffling as well as bands being formed, relationships starting and the possibilities of life and music being explored to his glorious soundtrack that brought people together and turned them onto the possibilities of music.
Many passed through that legendary Monday night that lasted for decades and many passed out to the sticky drinks and swirling atmosphere.
John was a deeply intelligent, affable music freak who shared his enthusiasm to generations of Manchester music fans. He was as much part of the city culture as the more media friendly bigger names and he lives on through his music and, John, can I ask one thing – is it ok if I keep your book about the old buses of Malta – I was meaning to get it back to you…
Please donate to the fund for John’s funeral costs here