The death has been announced of the festival and concert promoter John Reynolds, who died suddenly in Dublin at the age of 52 on Thursday.

A statement issued on behalf of his family read: "It is with great sadness that the Reynolds family confirm the sudden death of John Reynolds of POD this evening.

"John, aged 52 years, who was one of Ireland's leading independent festival and concert promoters, died suddenly at his home in Milltown, Dublin.

John Reynolds pictured at the first Electric Picnic in 2004

"Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days. The family requested privacy at this time.

"Metropolis Festival will go [ahead] this Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October as scheduled in the RDS, Dublin."

A native of Co Longford, John Reynolds was a nephew of the former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, who passed away in 2014.

During his career, John Reynolds co-managed Boyzone in their early days and founded the Electric Picnic festival, although he had not worked with that festival in recent years.

He also ran the POD and Red Box clubs on Dublin's Harcourt Street and was the driving force behind Dublin's Metropolis, Forbidden Fruit and Vinyl festivals, among many other ventures.

This year he launched a new festival weekend, All Together Now, through his promotions company POD at Curraghmore House, Co Waterford. 

Read Jim Carroll's tribute to John Reynolds. 

There have been many tributes on social media: