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Moby at Ruby Lounge

Jordan Mellor enjoys a brief excursion into Moby land

Published on July 25th 2008.


Moby at Ruby Lounge

Moby started his mini-tour of Manchester with a bang on Wednesday night, and before you ask, that wasn't the sound system at Ruby Lounge blowing as he dropped his first record. For this was a different Moby. With this acoustic guitar performance, he produced a sound which was warm and hearty to the ear, and that you couldn't help but move your feet to.

The Moby sets I have seen before normally consist of many synthesizes, drum machines, effect modulators and iMacs mixing up beats with stolen samples. On Wednesday however, it wasn't the type of high tempo techno fans may have been expecting. It was a more stripped down performance, but it was still full of energy and charisma. If Moby is feeling the effects of his late night DJ sets and New York lifestyle, he isn't letting it show. This 45-minute set had moments of brilliance. The highlight of my evening was his version of Johnny Cash's 'Ring of Fire'.

Before Wednesday I was a virgin to the sights and delights (i.e. the drink prices) of Ruby Lounge but I can now appreciate why Moby fans voted for it in a poll to select a location for this performance.

A great venue for live music, it has surprisingly well worked acoustics, unlike many small underground clubs. Moby's sound complemented it perfectly. Even though it was at full capacity, the night felt intimate but with a sexy and dirty underground vibe.

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

fundancesweatymobysankeysFanJuly 25th 2008.

oh Mobyfan you miss the plot completely. You'll note that his latest offering is called Last Night and draws heavily on his experiences and adventures in venues no doubt similar to Sankeys? If you dont want to sweat and dance then perhaps dont venture into a world famous nightclub? I find the opinion of a lot of contributors to this site to be very eltist and derogatory of people who are clearly just enjoying themselves and not sat in the shadows making memos to post on Manchester Confidential. Or in the words of Moby himself, ""Last Night is basically a love letter to dance music in New York City. What I love about the New York approach to dance music is the eclecticism and the open minded-ness on the part of the musicians, the DJ's, and the people in the bars and clubs," note the comments about open minded-ness and dance? Take that you cad.

Head talkJuly 25th 2008.

Ah yes, Mobyfan you have hit the nail on the proverbial coffin there, the kudos of been up close and personal with 'a celebrity' ran true with the night at Ruby Lounge. It was a Camera phone extravaganza, all held high and clicking every 2 minutes, seeking that perfect shot to share with friends and family. However, I was also guilty of taking a few snaps on my camera phone, was I seeking Kudos or just a visual memory, I like to think a visual memory. I fortunately didn't have to suffer from overwhelming heat, that said, it was hot in Ruby Lounge but I feel that this is a catch 22 as Manchester is facing its first heatwave of the summer and at popular events like this it's going to be hard to avoid. So lets just roll with it and prepare ourselves for hot nights in these great venues.

AnonymousJuly 25th 2008.

The gig was awesome!! However whilst waiting for the doors to open, in a desperate need for alcohol I reluctantly (and rightly so) popped into 'Melodies' for a quick drink... What an experience that was!!! The clientele were easily 50+ and after being shouted at by one man for not knowing who sang the song being played in the background I then became distracted by a flock of women rushing to the dance floor to pop their hip replacements to the sound of the Drifters and numerous songs before my time... I beg Manchester Confidential to review Melodies for the craic... I think it would be hilarious!

John McrJuly 25th 2008.

Mobyfan, Sankeys is like that most weeks mate and has nothing to do with people trying to see a 'celebrity' believe it or not the sweatbox atmosphere is part of Sankeys charm and always has been since it was an old warehouse, thats what most clubs are like in this country but seems your an armchair fan who couldn't take the heat ;)

MobyfanJuly 25th 2008.

Sorry was talking about the Sankeys club night there above not Ruby Lounge....

KatieScouseJuly 25th 2008.

I love the Ruby Lounge, most definatley THE best live music venue in the North West. Staff are great and there is a fab atmosphere everytime. The loser below needs to sort himself out..The Ruby Lounge had 3 fire exits and is well equipped to handle a large crowd. If worrying about issues like that is all you can rant about then maybe crowded gigs are not really for you. I believe Swan Lake is on at the Lowry - maybe this is more up your street. Rock n roll.

mobyfanJuly 25th 2008.

As per usual place hammered to full capacity with starlets and other wannabes there more for the kudos of seeing "a celebrity" and getting as many pics crammed on their cellphones as poss. E-heads abound making the place even more sweaty and oppressive with the heat, ugh! shame, couldve been a top night out but had to leave early as i was practically drowning in my own and other peoples sweat. surely there was a breach of health and safety here?? Management sort it out before theres a liability suit! what if someone had tripped and fell on the dance floor? A stamped on head doesnt bear thinking about, as usual let too many in and it spoilt the otherwise good atmosphere which should've been better.....limits on numbers next time please! Intimate it certainly wasnt!!

DrChiJuly 25th 2008.

Loved the Sankey's session from Moby but left about 2:30am. Does anyone know if he played "lift me up"???He Rocked the place!! even if he did tease the crowd.

MobyJuly 25th 2008.

It was a bit sticky but i prevailed thanks to and E and some Sure for men

Mobyfan is an idiotJuly 25th 2008.

mobyfan says..“ As per usual place hammered to full capacity with starlets and other wannabes there more for the kudos of seeing "a celebrity" and getting as many pics crammed on their cellphones as poss. E-heads abound making the place even more sweaty and oppressive with the heatWHAT? AT SANKYS? FOR REAL?? OMG!! Its obviously changed from the days when I used to go there with other suited types and chat about the NASDAQ over a quality Shiraz, just goes to show how people change.

crazyjohnJuly 25th 2008.

Me and my gorgeous girlfriend were sat in the Greenhouse on Great Western Street having a bite to eat and talking about the gig. Low and behold who was sat next to us but only the man himself, Mobage. It was WELL weird, couldn't believe he was right there!I know you probably won't believe me at all and it all sounds a little far fetched but I honestly think she is gorgeous. I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that.

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