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John Kerrigan

DJ John Kerrigan.

John Kerrigan has been synonymous with the Dance Music scene both here and in the UK for the past twenty years. He is known as a respected club promoter, radio presenter, station manager, producer, record label owner and of course DJ.

A young Kerrigan began running and playing at his own nights in what used to be known as McGraths in O Connell Street. He soon built up a local following and it was at a Battle of the DJs in The Castle in Finglas that he was spotted by well known Dublin DJ Ian Walker. He introduced him to the world of pirate radio. John quickly gained a regular slot and Jay Pigeon saw fit to give him a game changing gig in the SFX alongside DJ Orbit, Ken Tobin and Sonic Trip to name but a few. This led to gigs alongside the Club FM crew in the Boyne Valley and Temple Theatre. Mark Kavanagh gave him a huge break playing at his Babydoll Night in the Crypt. Hardhouse was his passion and exciting times were to follow, most notably a residency at Hard House Heaven in The Temple Theatre.

A quick learner John was poised to take over managing Kiss FM when the vacancy arose. When the Temple shut its doors he took over as owner of Kiss and the path was clear to run a string of hugely popular gigs in various venues, most notably Il Mondo alongside the late Ger Byrne.

John and his brother Kevin then began to run their own nights in the Bridgehouse in Enfield and the Legal Eagle. Many Dublin DJs will credit the Kerrigan Brothers with giving them their first opportunities to play to a club audience. John was also playing at various spots up and down the country and struck up a partnership with Bray’s Senan Shortt . Between them Bray’s best known Hard House Club Energize was relentlessly hosting the top Hardhouse DJs from both home and the UK.

Paddy’s Eve 2006 saw the dawn of R3VOLUTION. Teaming up with the Kerrigan brothers was Slim Jim, Taff and Scorchio. This was John’s biggest venture and took place in the Vaults. The concept was 4/5 rooms in one venue playing all the genres of dance under one roof. There was a new unity among clubbers as all the radio djs who had branched out in various directions were now accessible under one roof. R3VOLUTION went from strength to strength with some of the worlds most renowned DJs coming to play in Ireland such as UMEK, Valentino Kanzyani, Lost Witness, Dave the Drummer, John Askew, Lisa Lashes, BK, Paul Glazby, Ian M, Andy Farley, Justin Bourne, Amber D, OD404, Jp & Jukesy, John Kelly and Solarstone to name but a few.

John began producing and releasing records. He became part of a duo with Karl Davis and they set up the label Hardsounds. This hugely successful label alongside their thrilling b2bsets, most notably those involving 3 decks and scratching was bringing them huge attention and secured them sets at Planet Love and Trade Eire. Both also enjoyed individual signings to various UK labels. John began collaborating with UK producers such as Frank Farrell and had the opportunity to DJ at the biggest UK Hardhouse clubs and events such as Purple Turtle, Fire, Storm, Frantic, Magna, Xstatic, Insomniacs and Hi Oktane.

Now it was time to start presenting for real! RTE PULSE was born and alongside many of his old Pirate Radio peers John secured a slot presenting the Digital Underground. This became a showcase for DJs from both here and the UK and featured many interviews with the Tidy Boys, Billy Bunter, Amber D & Paul Glazby to name but a few. The Vaults had sadly shut its doors but this didn’t stop the R3VOLUTION crew from moving to pastures new and RadioCity became their new haunt.

These were the golden years for John with regular sets at high profile UK events such as the Tidy Weekenders, Atomik Weekenders, Ibiza Bootcamps, Xstatic Festivals and Frantic Timeless.

After a long time of relentless clubbing, promoting, presenting and producing it was time for a break. However, the last couple of years have seen a huge revival in Old School and Classics nights. As well as running his own nights such as Cream of Dublin Old School with Senan & Kevin and various nights in VooDoo he has also played alongside Mark Kavanagh and various legends at Celebration of Red in the Button Factory.

The second half of 2018 is shaping up for an exciting revival for John with the opportunity to once more become involved in the world of dance radio on HOT 91 FM. He has already played alongside N-trance ,Alice Dee Jay and Seb Fontaine at the brand new Club night Energize. John and the rest of the Hot FM residents have a host of high profile gigs in the pipeline. Stay tuned to HOT 91 FM

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