EMA: The Ruby Lounge, Manchester – live photo review

The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
4th June 2014

Erika M. Anderson, the American, statuesque tomboy known as EMA, is in the UK to promote her new album The Futures Void. Louder Than War photographer Melanie Smith caught her Manchester show – scroll down to check out her awesome pics from the show and to read a few words setting the context.

EMA arrived in Manchester a little later than billed as part of her headline tour. She, and her band, pulled out all the stops, delivering a dazzling show, during which she made it hard for you to take your eyes off her  (or in my case my lens viewer) for a second. She’s part Kim Wilde and part Kurt Cobain, a strange mixture but it works. An intelligent woman who sings from her heart and soul.

A heckler started during the support act and became more and more attention seeking, so EMA proceeded to pour a bottle of water over his head, much to the amusement of the small, intimate crowd at the Ruby Lounge. Although there was some chattering to be heard it didn’t spoil the enjoyment and Mr Heckler might think twice at his next gig. You have been warned – EMA takes no prisoners!

EMA: The Ruby Lounge, Manchester – live photo review


Photo gallery:

Set List

Violin introduction
So Blonde
Butterfly Knife
When She Comes
Feels Blind
Dead Celebrity
Anteroom (encore)
White Like Heaven (encore)

EMA’s current website, named after her new album, is thefuturesvoid.net. She can also be found on Facebook and she tweets as @EMAthorstar.

All words and photos by Melanie Smith whose website is here: mudkissphotography.co.uk. The best way to find more of her work on Louder Than War is via the search box above, or by clicking this link.

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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 mel@mudkissphotography.co.uk


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