Legendary Manchester DJ Dave Booth has died. He passed away on Saturday, with the news confirmed by DJ Dave Haslam yesterday. No cause of death has yet been confirmed.
Booth played a large part in the birth of Manchester's alternative scene, holding a residency at the Roxy Room at Pips — the venue that Joy Division played their first ever gig — before a stint at the Hacienda. He also played at the much-lauded The Stone Roses gig, Spike Island.
“Upsetting news,” Haslam posted on Twitter yesterday. “DJ Dave Booth has died. A legend for decades in Manchester – from Pips, through to the Playpen, Isadora’s & beyond – and a star at Garlands in Liverpool. Did the Stone Roses gigs with him, including Spike Island. He music and presence gave pleasure to us all. RIP.”
Tributes were paid online by artists including Peter Hook, Ian Brown and 808 State. You can see those below.
RIP Dave Booth. Such a lovely guy. He was the DJ at Joy Division’s first ever gig at Pips. We shared a massive love for Pips & all the music that came from it. I did a residency with him in Ibiza too - he was so nice & humble. I will miss him. pic.twitter.com/VYWQonboJY
— Peter Hook (@peterhook) May 17, 2020
RIP DAVE BOOTH ROSES DJ X
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) May 17, 2020
R.I.P Dave Booth - Legendary Manchester DJ -Timeline was long and complete - old school knowledge/future facing. pic.twitter.com/lq8fB9avZl
— 808 State (@state808) May 17, 2020