Booth, who passed away last Saturday of unknown causes, was a key fixture on the scene since the ’70s, first as a resident at legendary venue Pips Disco, where he famously DJ’d at Joy Division’s first-ever gig. Over the next two decades, he played at spots like Deville’s, The Haçienda and Space Ibiza. He also supported The Stone Roses on numerous occasions, including their iconic 1990 gig at Spike Island.
Fellow Manchester artists have been paying tribute on Twitter.
Upsetting news. 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. pic.twitter.com/hbDuExs8wj
— Dave Haslam (@Mr_Dave_Haslam) May 17, 2020
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
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
RIP DAVE BOOTH ROSES DJ X
— Ian Brown (@ianbrown) May 17, 2020