Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Emily Eavis pay tribute to booking agent Steve Strange, who has died

Strange was the booking agent for Queens Of The Stone Age, Jimmy Eat World, Eminem and more

Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Emily Eavis are among those across the music industry paying tribute to beloved booking agent Steve Strange, who has died aged 53 following a short illness.

Strange co-founded the X-Ray Touring booking agency in 2005, and worked as the booking agent for international acts including but not limited to Queens Of The Stone Age, Eminem, Snow Patrol, Jimmy Eat World and more.

In a statement posted to social media, X-Ray announced the sad news of Strange’s death, writing: “X-ray Touring are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Strange, one of the founding partners of the agency, has passed away after a short illness. We have lost a legendary figure in our personal and professional lives that we will all deeply miss.

“Steve was a unique individual within our industry, his overwhelming love of music lead to a 30 year plus career guiding the touring of an eclectic mix of artists from all genres of music that he adored.

It added: “A universally known, hugely respected and loved character – if you hadn’t already seen him at a gig or festival, you’d most certainly hear his infectious and infamous laugh.

“Steve had the best ears in the agency business, signing and developing the careers of countless world class Artists from small club venues to vast international multi-stadium tours.”

Among those paying tribute to Strange included Coldplay who said they were “devastated by the news” of his passing.

The band said they had spent “a bittersweet hour” with Mr Strange last week.

“Despite his illness he was still taking calls and watching ticket counts,” they wrote.

Ed Sheeran also paid his respects on Instagram adding that his passing was “a very sad day, and a huge loss x.”

Emily Eavis also said: “He was always so kind to us here at Glastonbury and a lovely man to deal with. We will miss you sir and your infectious laugh.”

Meanwhile Garbage, paid their respects. “Rest in the music dear Steve Strange. Fine promoter and a great friend to musicians around the globe. You will be missed sir,” they wrote.

Jimmy Eat World frontman Jim Adkins posted a lengthy tribute on Instagram and said his passing was “such a loss on such a wide scale to have this beacon of life ‘… to eleven’ gone.”

Black Sabbath‘s Geezer Butler said: “Very sad to hear of Steve Strange passing. Lovely bloke, great agent. RIP Steve #GoneTooSoon.”

Frank Turner added: “Profoundly shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Steve Strange of @XrayTouring – an absolute giant of the industry and a kind and friendly heart. RIP.”

Tim Burgess also paid tribute, writing: “Absolutely heartbreaking news about Steve Strange. Our agent, our friend and one of life’s most gloriously upbeat people. You will be missed, celebrated and remembered so fondly. Goodnight big man.”

We Are Scientists hailed him and said he was “truly a one-of-a-kind character, working at the top of the industry with bonhomie and heart to spare. The world won’t be quite as magical without him in it. We’re going to miss you, old friend.”

See a range of tributes to Strange below: