GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UK (CelebrityAccess) — Scottish pop star Finley Quaye was unceremoniously ejected from the stage by a promoter just 30 minutes into a gig.
Quaye and his band were the headlining act for a show at the Convent Club in Woodchester, Gloucestershire, and had been playing a very slow blues jam for about 30 minutes when promoter Matt Roberts pulled the plug.
A video of the incident shows Roberts coming into the performance area and signalling for the band to stop. Roberts then takes the mic, apologizes to the crowd, and offered them a refund of their tickets. "I will not sit here and pollute my venue with bullshit," Roberts told the crowd.
Roberts noted that the band failed to show up for the sound check and were an hour late for the gig itself.
In a subsequent statement released on the venue's Facebook page, Roberts added: "While on the night I was livid with said performer, personally, I'd like to reiterate what prompted me to speak. It's not a personal attack on the musician whom I've always held in high regard, and whose current lack of management of his talent I find incredibly frustrating."
Quaye first came to widespread public attention in 1997 when he won a Mobo Award for best reggae act, followed by a Brit Award in 1998 for Best Male Solo Artist. However, since then, he has not been able to recreate his previous success. In 2012, he found guilty of aggravated assault after assaulting a woman and later declared bankruptcy with a tax debt of £383,000. – Staff Writers