Night & Day Cafe founder dies at 71

Night & Day Cafe founder dies at 71

The "unique, uncompromising and ingenious" founder and proprietor of Manchester's Night & Day Cafe, Jan Oldenburg, has died aged 71. 

The 250-capacity venue has hosted the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Manic Street Preachers, Mumford & Sons, Kasabian and Snow Patrol since being opened by Oldenburg in 1991.

Posting a tribute on its Instagram page, the venue said: "Calling Jan unique barely scratches the surface of how remarkable a man he was. He saw possibilities on Oldham Street when it was all but derelict, before the Northern Quarter had its name and before developers caught on. He composed a night-time and daytime template for Mancunian music venues that has been recreated throughout the city multiple times, and across 27 years he hosted more artists and bands than can be counted. He was that perfect combination of bravery, smarts, single-mindedness and a maverick spirit."

It continued: "Jan never wavered from his idea of what Night & Day could achieve and was never more delighted than when there was an astonishing band on stage and the venue was brimming with an incredible crowd, thrilling at the venue being everything he dreamed it could be. Night & Day was his life’s work and it shows.

"Jan was unique, uncompromising and ingenious, he was an utterly devoted dad and granddad and an inspiration to be around. Jan’s family and extended Night & Day family would like to thank everyone for the extraordinary messages of kindness and support at such a difficult time, it really is very much appreciated."

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