The Soul sensation Kwabs made history at Manchester’s Chadderton Baths at first big event in the historic venue for more than eight years.
In keeping with the ethos of Lumia Live Session (LLS), which brings emerging artists to unusual locations, the concert gave fans a unique live music experience.
Audiences were blown out of the water with the amazing sound filling every corner of the stunning venue.
Despite being at relatively early stages in his solo career, Kwabs is already gathering support and interest from fans and other artists alike including: Jessie Ware, India Arie, Joss Stone and Plan B – who Kwabs supported on tour in summer 2012.
His artistic evolution has paid off during the summer of 2014, which Kwabs has spent putting the final touches to his debut album, due out early 2015.
Christophe Abric of La Blogothèque said: “In 2014, it doesn’t matter if you like R’n’B, electro music, rap or soul; the Internet freed everyone from genres.
“Kwabs is one of these artists for whom music is a big field of experiment. He isn’t a rapper, a soul man, or an r’n’b singer – he is all of them at the same time, floating from one genre to another with his deep soulful voice and his incredible sense of rhythm.
“He will, without question, easily bring us into his world for our first Manchester Lumia Live Session.”
North London born and bred songstress, Sinead Harnett, grew up on a diet of Classic Soul, 90s RnB and UK Garage; genres that have unquestionably influenced her modern soul sound.
Having collaborations with Disclosure, Rudimental and Ryan Hemsworth already under her belt; supporting act Sinead Harnett – currently working on her debut album, is one to watch.
The art deco Chadderton Baths is one of several important civic buildings in the borough of Oldham, Manchester.
Opening in 1937, the baths were famously the home of four-time Olympic swimming champion, Henry Taylor; in 2006, following the discovery of cracks in the roof, they were closed to the public.
The fifth LLS of 2014 follows Brit Award winning singer, Ella Eyre, who wowed fans in a fairground museum in Devon, and electro soul three piece, Years and Years, beneath the streets of London in the abandoned Aldwych underground station, Jagwar-Ma in a Bristol court and Little Green Cars in a gothic chapel in Dublin.