Finley Quaye kicked off stage 30 minutes into ‘bizarre’ gig

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NINETIES pop star Finley Quaye was booted off stage just 30 minutes into a bizarre performance - which was so dismal the promoter asked him to leave.

Quaye, 41, who had hits with Sunday Shining and Even After All, missed a sound check and turned up on stage an hour late.

Matt Roberts tells Finley Quaye and his band to get off the stage. Picture: Hemedia

Matt Roberts tells Finley Quaye and his band to get off the stage. Picture: Hemedia

He failed to address the crowd, walked around with his back to the audience and didn’t appear to play his guitar during 30 cringeworthy minutes.

The audience, who paid £20 a ticket, soon lost interest in the band and began to talk amongst themselves.

Eventually Matt Roberts, owner of the Convent Club in Woodchester ordered him off stage and apologised to the crowd.

He explained that the band had missed the sound check and had “f**ked the stage” before telling them to “go home”.

I suffer from alcoholism and stuff, and I have issues in my life, but I am professional

Matt Roberts

He said: “I am so sorry guys, I have worked in the industry 28 years, I have a reputation.

“And the reputation, small as it is, but when somebody doesn’t turn up for a sound check at three o’clock in the afternoon, and I smile.

“And then at nine o’clock they turn up, and then I have a beautiful, beautiful crowd of people who I love, and then they come and they f**k my stage.

“You guys, go home. We will refund the tickets, and I can only say that I am so sorry because the music industry and live music is beautiful.

Finley Quaye won the 1997 Mobo Award for Best Reggae Act. Picture: TSPL

Finley Quaye won the 1997 Mobo Award for Best Reggae Act. Picture: TSPL

“I suffer from alcoholism and stuff, and I have issues in my life, but I am professional.

“I am sorry, I will not sit here and pollute my venue with bulls**t, and I can only apologise for you who were getting some of it because there is some magic there.

“But not, international people watching I apologise, not in the Convent.

“I am so sorry guys. So all I can say is this is my house and I have acted how I feel is appropriate.”

The audience, who clapped and whooped during the 1.34 second speech, were promised a full refund and also offered drinks at the bar.

In the background, the band can be seen slowly skulking off of the stage, with the drummer and bassist last to leave.

Andy Dunn, who was in the audience for gig on Friday, said: “It was like being at a rehearsal where the band really didn’t care whether anyone liked it or not.”

Quaye’s reputation was established by Maverick A Strike, released in September 1997, the year he went on to win the 1997 Mobo Award for Best Reggae Act, and the 1998 BRIT Award for Best British Male Solo Artist.

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