There are few things as ignominious as an fallen star being shut down and told to go home mid-set. That’s exactly what happened to Finley Quaye. And it was all caught on camera.
The British singer was 30 minutes into a performance and he’d just spent five minutes boring the audience half to death with a meandering blues jam when the promoter Matt Roberts intervened.
Roberts took the mic before the crowd at the Convent Club in Woodchester, England and gave Quaye and his band their marching orders. “I will not sit here and pollute my venue with bullshit,” he told the audience.
“I am so sorry, I have worked in the industry 28 years,” he told guests, noting that Quaye failed to show for soundcheck at 3pm. “And then at 9 o’clock they turn up. And I have a beautiful, beautiful crowd of people who I love, and then they come and f— my stage. You guys,” he said to the entertainers, “go home.”
He added, “We will refund the tickets and I can only say that I’m so sorry because the music industry and live music is beautiful.”
Quaye, who comes from a celebrated musical family, had his heyday back in the ‘90s. Following the release of his debut album Maverick A Strike, he won the 1997 MOBO Award for best reggae act, and the 1998 BRIT Award for best male solo artist.
He’s had various brushes with the law in recent times. In 2012, he was charged with a racially aggravated assault (he pleaded guilty to spitting in a woman’s face and punching her) and he was declared bankrupt in the same year with a tax debt of more than $500,000.
Watch the Convent Club video below.