Bryan Ferry © Mudkiss Photography

Bryan Ferry © Mudkiss Photography
Bryan ferry
(with support from Juanita Stein)
O2 Apollo, Manchester
April 13th 2018

The super cool pop crooner Bryan Ferry treated Manchester to one of his rare performances with a dazzling, two hour show stopping set. Photographer and big fan Melanie Smith was thrilled to be shooting the whole show for Louder Than War.

Bryan Ferry the legendary Roxy Music frontman didn’t fail to entertain the sold out, all seated show at the O2 Apollo, with his excellent musicians in tow, amongst them one of the finest guitarists in the music business Chris Spedding. The set was sprinkled with tracks from Roxy Music’s very early career through to a number of tracks from the 80’s album ‘Avalon’ and Ferry’s solo tracks.

At 7:30pm Australian Juanita Stein of the band Howling Bells kicked off her set and did a fine job of warming the crowd up in readiness for Ferry and his band. The audience were a somewhat older crowd than usual and like me had possibly followed Ferry’s lengthy 40 + year career from Roxy Music to Bryan Ferry solo. There was dancing in the aisles and singing throughout and towards the end of the set a group of fans rushed to the front of the stage, to the amusement of ferry, smiling and dancing around. At the age of 72 he still has the passion for his music and knows how to throw a good party……thanks for the memories, it was a blast.

Bryan Ferry © Mudkiss Photography
Bryan Ferry © Mudkiss Photography
Bryan Ferry © Mudkiss Photography
Chris Spedding © Mudkiss Photography
Bryan Ferry © Mudkiss Photography
Bryan Ferry © Mudkiss Photography


  • The Main Thing
  • Slave To Love
  • Ladytron
  • Out of the Blue
  • A Wasteland
  • Windswept
  • Bete Noire
  • Zamba
  • Stronger through the Years
  • Oh Yeah
  • Bitter Sweet
  • Mamouna
  • Remake/Remodel
  • In Every Dream Home a Heartache
  • If There is Something
  • More Than This
  • Avalon
  • Love is the Drug
  • Virginia Plain
  • Let’s Stick Together
  • Editions of You
  • Jealous Guy
  • Do the Strand

You can follow Bryan Ferry on his website, Facebook and Twitter.

Photos by Melanie Smith. More work by Mel on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Photography portfolio can be found here

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Live reviews editor and head of photography: I can't imagine my life without music or photography, both go hand in hand and have played a big part in my life. I have experienced many musical genres, northern soul in 1975, the early punk movement, drifting into the electronic 'new Romantic' era, a trip around the rock scene, a taste of indie and a smattering of pop. I possess an eclectic taste in music and a lust for life; new experiences are what drives this machine. I still have that punk DIY spirit and used this to create my own website Mudkiss Fanzine in 2008 - 2013. I am the official photographer for 'Louder Than Words' music literary festival and a house photographer for Academy Music Group. Available for commissioned work, please contact me


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