Rae & Christian - Rizla Tour - McrUni MDH 18.02.99

First gig I ever blagged my way into with camera without knowing anyone behind-the-scenes... Rae&Christian Live at Manchester University Main Debating Hall. Part of their Rizla sponsored (-Ha ha! Nicely done chaps-) UK Tour to promote track 'All I Ask' & their debut (Grand Central 1998) album 'Northern Sulphuric Soul'. A much-anticipated fourth Grand Central LP release following Tony D's 'Pound for Pound', label compilation 'Central Heating', and Aim debut 'Cold Water Music'

Rae-&-Christian live band consisted of DJ Mark Rae (keyboard/samples) & Steve Christian (guitars), Danny Ward (drums), Sneaky (double-bass), Peter Parker (turntables), with our local chanteuse from Old Trafford Veba and New Jersey rapper YZ

These photos were the first live-band photos I was happy (ish) with. They went towards building my first portfolio which I hawked around Manchester record labels & London music magazines, with varying degrees of the same result: Nowt much doing

Six months later I had another portfolio & a meeting (via journalist Sarah Hey, thanks!) with City Life editor Luke Bainbridge. I started covering Clubbing events for them & occasionally their sister publications Metro News or Manchester Evening News

Already over-familiar with the 'Fat City Sound' as it had echoed around the Northern Quarter throughout the mid-nineties this was the night, listening to 'Swan Song' & 'Spellbound', that I fell irrevocably in love with the velvet voice of Veba