A tribute night is being held in memory of Barry Connell, a top DJ from Glasgow, who died from meningitis nearly ten years ago.
Barry, an engineer by day and a DJ by night, was regarded by many as one of the most talented DJ’s that Scotland has ever produced, holding long term residencies for Goodgreef and Inside Out (popular nightclubs).
Just days before he died, Barry achieved one of his lifelong ambitions of his music career by completing his first BBC Radio 1 Essential mix from Inside Out at the Arches.
Organised by Barry’s friend Mark Willis, the tribute night is set to be as big as Barry’s personality. Mark said: “Barry was one of those rare individuals whose love for his family, friends, music and life was infectious, and he never failed to bring joy to anyone who knew him.”
Some of Barry’s closest friends and colleagues including William Daniel and Stewart Green, have been working alongside Mark to plan the special event, which will be held at SWG3 Warehouse in Glasgow, on Saturday 12 May.
All proceeds from the event will go to Meningitis Now, and with no specific fundraising target Mark is aiming high. He said: “I am determined to sell it out and make as much money as we can for the charity, in Barry's name. Please join us to pay tribute to a legend who was taken way before his time.”
As the 10th anniversary of Barry’s death approaches, Mark and the team are determined to keep his memory alive and won’t forget the influence he had on people both personally, and within the music industry.
Mark summed up his friend’s impact by saying: “Barry Connell will always be held in the highest of regards, and his legacy continues to remain an inspiration for many DJ’s across the world.”
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