Rudimental @ NCS concert, Gorilla, Manchester
My favourite shot of current drum and bass chart-hoggers Rudimental from today’s NCS (National Citizen Service) gig in Manchester. The other acts were The 1975, Clean Bandit and Goldierocks.
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The Script @ Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
The Voice UK is back on telly tonight. Here’s a shot of judge/mentor Danny O’Donaghue doing his day job at the Capital FM Arena a couple of weeks back. Shortly after this he came down to sing to the front rows and at one point put his glittering, stardust-flecked hand on my humble, tired shoulder. I will never wash that jacket again. I’ve never washed it before, to be fair.
Kagoule - shot for LeftLion magazine in Nottingham
I’ve passed this derelict clothing place every time I’ve gone into Nottingham on the bus and always wanted to shoot a band in front of it. When LeftLion gave me a band whose name is an item of clothing and who didn’t want to be posed (just wanted to hang out somewhere kind of grimy), I realised this was my chance. Only problem was - it’s a busy road and people were just leaving town after the Christmas lights switch-on. I had to shoot from the other side of the road, with intrepid assistant Dave Parry keeping an eye on the cars/buses and jumping out with lighting gear every time we got a break in traffic. It was also very, very cold - but that’s par for the course.
Big thanks to Dave for the help with this one. Go see his own photography at www.davidparryimaging.com
REFUSED at DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2012: fanboy photograph
Proper Download blog post coming soon, but for now here’s a fanboy shot I took from way back in the crowd of reformed Swedish hardcore legends Refused being absolutely, mind-blowingly immense. (I wasn’t shooting them for Rock Sound, I just went to watch.) Refused, Soundgarden, Metallica, Lamb Of God… I saw some unbelievably good bands this weekend. See www.rocksound.tv for mine and Carla Mundy’s photo galleries.
TRASH TALK at DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2011: shot for Rock Sound
I’m off to Download Festival once more tomorrow - again shooting for Rock Sound. Looks like being very wet, very windy, very muddy and quite a challenge - especially as I’m shooting the main stage, so will be exposed to the elements for every band. But, as a photographer and rock music fan, the fact that I will get to take photos of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Soundgarden and the like is pretty bloody exciting. Stupidly so, actually.
I’m not sure that huge photo/safety pit for the main stage will yield anything like this up-close shot from one of the tents last year though. It’s Lee Spielman from Trash Talk passing some Handy Andies to a girl on the front row who’d been damaged by his relentless interaction with his crowd. If you’ve ever seen the insanity of a Trash Talk gig, you’ll know what I mean. Nice to see he cares though.
Okay… Download 2012. Waterproofs, boots, camera rainsleeves and indeed Handy Andies packed. Wish. Me. Luck.
CRAZY ARM at HIT THE DECK FESTIVAL, NOTTINGHAM: personal shot.
Yesterday I shot Hit The Deck festival in Nottingham for Rock Sound. Devon-based rootsy punk crew Crazy Arm were not on my shot list, but RS writers Amy Bangs and Pete Withers enthused about them so I went for a look. I could only stick around for a few songs but it was probably the best thing I saw all day - gutsy, melodic songwriting with a bit of Thin Lizzy harmony guitar action thrown in and a full-pelt live delivery. A total surprise to be honest, and I’ll be checking out more of their stuff. Worth taking a photo of too…
DRY THE RIVER at Rescue Rooms, Nottingham: shot for the band.
I had a great time last night hanging out with Dry The River at the Rescue Rooms. There was champagne. And beer. And Quality Street (sort of). There was a LOT of Michael Jackson (on an iPod, not in person, obviously). There was the promise of Genesis, Rush and Whitesnake in a DJ set (which I had to bloody well miss because of work commitments this morning). On top of all this, there was a great gig - Dry The River have just arrived back from a huge US support tour and their live show is amazing - a much grungier take on the alt-folk sound of the last few years. They have impressive vocal harmonies but they’re not afraid to hit the gas too - as you can probably tell from the photo. Intrigued? Go check them out. I’m going to try and catch them again in London on May 2.