Ipswich: DJs descend on Ipswich for tribute night to ‘legend’ Karl Crisp who passed away

Karl Crisp, who died three years ago from a brain aneurysm.

Karl Crisp, who died three years ago from a brain aneurysm. - Credit: Archant

Some of the most popular DJs in Ipswich and East Anglia will descend on the town this weekend in memory of a popular character who passed away three years ago.

Karl Crisp died from a brain aneurysm in March 2010, he was just 36-years-old and his partner Georgia Fox was expecting their first child.

Now a night of dance music and a charity auction has been prepared to remember the former Copleston and Stoke High School student who was described by friends as a “legend”.

The event, on November 2, will take place at the Curve Bar, Ipswich. 17 prizes have been donated by local businesses, many of whom knew Karl before he passed away.

Prizes on the night include a month’s free membership at Oaks Gym, jewellery, champagne, and gift vouchers for some of the most glamorous businesses in Suffolk and Essex.

The night is free, however proceeds raised from raffle tickets will be contributed towards a trust fund for Karl’s son Kai, who he never got to see.

Earl Hurd, also known as DJ Earl, has helped to organise the event. He said Karl was well-liked by all who knew him.

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“Karl was a tradesman, multi-talented, he was a jack of all trades,” said Earl. “He was always popular in the rave scene throughout the 80s and 90s and was around the stations with us, the loud guy in the corner, the life and soul of the party.

“Most of the guys who are now popular DJs, they all knew who Karl was. They’re coming to this from Luton, London, they’re coming from all over.

“Because Karl loved drum and bass and dance music, and because I’m on the radio and playing that sort of music, I thought you know what I should do something for Karl.

“All these DJs knew Karl so putting something together like this was easy really. I have only been doing it four weeks and it has grown into something special.”