DJ JOHN KELLY is a true legend of dance music. He is part of an elite group of DJs who are responsible for shaping the British dance scene, and his energised performances are still guaranteed to rock the dance floor wherever he plays. His message is simple: ‘music makes the people come together’, and his understanding of what makes a crowd move, wherever he is in the world, is what makes him unique and worthy of the title, superstar DJ.
John became a DJ almost by accident, playing at small events for family and friends in Liverpool in the late ‘80s. Having quickly mastered the art of DJing, it soon became clear that he was destined for greater things. Fate led him to a form a friendship with James Barton and together, they started a club in Liverpool called The Underground. The housemusic scene grew rapidly and fuelled by the energy and excitement they were generating, the pair moved on to a new, bigger venue, Quadrant Park. ‘The Quad’ as it was known, had a capacity of 5,000 and stayed open until 6am; it was the UK’s first super-club and the precursor to the legendary Cream.
John’s reputation as a serial crowd-pleaser grew and word spread quickly. As the UK dance scene erupted, ‘John Kelly’ was the first name on the lips of promoters at emerging new clubs including Gatecrasher, Slinky, Passion, Sundissential and Miss Moneypenny’s. Within a short period of time he earned himself residencies at the world’s greatest clubs, including Cream, Godskitchen, Ministry of Sound, and the biggest club in the world, Manumission.