Brit Award winners and Margate do not feature too often in the same sentence but on Friday night The Ballroom at Dreamland in Margate played host to Finley Quaye, the Brit Award winner of Best Male Artist of 1998. Following on from his MOBO award in 1997 and his multi-platinum album 'Maverick A Strike', in the same year Finley was riding the wave of success and seen by many as the sound of "the future".
If twenty-odd years ago Quaye hit a high point in his career, then it's also true to say that since then there have definitely been some lows. Bankruptcy, assault charges, addiction and a spell in The Priory have all helped shape Finley Quaye's 21st century life.
Characterful as his life may have turned out to be, it doesn't detract from his music, or greatly from his undoubted charisma. Quaye's effortlessly cool persona is certainly a contributing factor to his initial success, and his laidback, easy-going manner continues to this day whilst his Jazz and Reggae fusion provides a compelling soundtrack.
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Finley Quaye, a former Brit Award winner in 1998, was kicked off stage at Woodchester, Gloucestershire by the concert's promoter during a shambolic performance.
British reggae star Finley Quaye – remember him? – was bizarrely thrown off stage during the middle of one of his live sets… by the promoter of his own gig.
The 41 year old Edinburgh born singer, responsible for a string of well-received singles at the end of the Britpop era in the ‘90s, was interrupted half an hour into his set at the Convent Club in Woodchester, Gloucestershire by Matt Roberts, the show’s promoter.
“I am so sorry guys, I have worked in the industry 28 years, I have a reputation,” Roberts told the crowd as he halted the set. He then told Quaye’s backing band “you guys, go home,” before addressing the crowd saying “we will refund the tickets, and I can only say that I am so sorry because the music industry and live music is beautiful.”
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Date of birth
25th March, 1974