The Guide Awards: Best DJ

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But Matt Berry winning this year’s Best DJ title united people from across the local arts community.

From left: Matt Berry's sister Rebecca Glew with The Guide's clubbing columnist Char Edmonds.

From left: Matt Berry's sister Rebecca Glew with The Guide's clubbing columnist Char Edmonds.

Many in the packed theatre rose to their feet when Matt was named as the posthumous winner. At the age of 34, he took his own life in March last year.

His sister, Rebecca Glew, came on stage to collect the award and pay tribute to him. Guide clubbing columnist Char Edmonds presented his visibly stunned sister with the trophy.

Rebecca said from the stage: ‘I’m absolutely shocked. Matt should be here – if he only believed in himself as much as we did. Thank you.’

Matt was a popular figure in the local music scene, having had regular DJ stints at The Astoria and Drift Bar, and was also part of the Discreet team.

Afterwards Rebecca added: ‘It’s a perfect tribute to my brother, who was a legend.

And she revealed: ‘We are actually going to be setting up a music project with a charity called Motiv8 who do a lot of stuff with kids and disadvantaged teens, teaching them to DJ and doing it in his name.

‘Matt was a youth worker, so it would be really important to him.

‘He was all about his friends and all about the music. Matt looked after everybody.

‘I’m extremely proud of him. Not many people can say they will be remembered like this after they’re gone.’