QUEEN ZEE, The Castle, Manchester

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Mondays aren’t the greatest nights for gigs especially after a heavy weekend, but in The Castle this evening there is palpable excitement in anticipation of Queen Zee’s imminent performance.

Following a lengthy spell touring the country as a support band, notably on the Cabbage tour, Queen Zee are now heading out on a lengthy headline tour across the UK, partly in support of their EP “Eat My Sass” but also to satisfy the increasing demand of fans to see their electrifying gigs.

Tonight is sold out, as is most of the tour, so this means that the tiny Castle will be packed to the rafters, hot and sweaty!

Once support band We Are Psyblings have completed their set, Queen Zee make it on to stage just after nine, with Zee dressed quite conservatively in a sleeveless leather jacket, cap and the shortest, tightest shorts you have ever seen. Guitarist Jason has made an effort however, and is wearing a short floral frock. A cover of Electric Six’s “Gay Bar” starts proceedings getting the crowd up and rocking, followed by the bands early single “Sassy Fists” which just increases the madness and the heat

With Zee up front in charge, backed by Jason on guitar, Frankie playing a hugh solid bass, Dave on drums and Ashley on the skateboard keyboard this is a powerhouse of a band with a selection of songs to blow away any crowd. By the time Hunger Pains gets played there is already a mini moshpit which given the size of the tiny venue is an achievement in itself. Zee is quite happy to join in with proceedings and disappears into the crowd whilst still belting out the vocals. The climax of the set features three of the songs on the EP “Eat My Sass” and by the time the band play the wonderful “I Hate Your New Boyfriend” the place has descended into a mass of writhing bodies and there really is sweat pouring down the walls. A final cover of Dizzie Rascals “Bonkers” just about finishes everybody off and the band depart through the heaving masses.

Queen Zee sound amazing on record and if they can repeat tonights live performance in the larger venues that they are surely destined for, then we have seen a future major rock act in the making this evening.

That my first ever gig was The Who at Belle Vue which shows how long I've been going to gigs. However despite always being interested in photography it's only in the last few years I've been fortunate enough to shoot gigs.

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