Energetic promoter, PR and manager renowned for transforming the live music scene in London

The promoter, PR and manager Stuart Lyon, who has died aged 77 of sepsis and pneumonia, helped to transform the live music scene in London with the wide range of new artists he took a risk on booking.

At a concert in his honour at Nell’s Jazz and Blues in June 2018, celebrating his first 50 years in the business, he was hailed as a “legend” and “the saviour of live music”. An entertaining, easy-going figure, widely known as Uncle Stuart or Uncle Stu, he was an avid music fan, always willing to take a gamble, particularly when promoting the African and Latin music he loved.

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