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Gig: Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet

So photographed my largest gig to date last Tuesday, bar previous festivals of course – so my largest indoor venue at least.

Photographed Spandau Ballet at The O2 arena.

Was a good experience – however I think it didn’t have the impact it once may have since I’ve been doing gigs for a fair while.

I’d say there were approx fifteen photographers in the pit. Decent size although could been a little deeper – it was only enough for approx three people deep. So sometimes it wasn’t possible to get/pass to the optimal position.

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Gig: Idlewild + Sorren MacLean

Idlewild

My third evening in a week at Roundhouse (Friday last week) !

Was a lot quieter this time – relatively – only five photographers in the pit and no security (at the side instead) rather than Thursday’s fourteen photographers + security!

Sorren MacLean

Sorren MacLean on Spotify

 

Idlewild

Idlewild on Spotify

 

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Gig: Papa Roach, Coldrain, The One Hundred

Papa Roach

Second of three nights I was covering at Roundhouse this week – all fairly heavy/rock-is too

This is the first time where I’ve seen bouncers actually in the pit of Roundhouse. Also was the most photographers I’ve seen in the pit for a gig – 14!

Papa Roach was more difficult to photograph because of the light being reduced and Jacoby Shaddix standing on a box or platform.

The One Hundred

Coldrain

Papa Roach

 

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Gig: Gaz Coombes + FURS

Gaz Coombes

A new venue for me – Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank.

A really nice venue – all seated and tiered but quite large. The stage was really quite low – I’d say two feet high – so all the photographers (there were four of us) had to scrabble around on hands and knees! My knees/ankles weren’t happy about it. Was a bit tricky for Gaz Coombes since by that point the seats at the bottom had been filled and he kept swapping between the keyboard and standing guitar position. Possible angles were limited for the keyboard position with us all on the ground – I don’t think I got the best position.

The support band were FURS (who I really liked) and just before they came on their tour/manager told us that we could snap away and not adhere to the two songs only rule that we had to go by with Gaz Coombes (previously of Supergrass).

Really liked the lighting at the venue – a nice change from some past venues – although per usual it seemed better for the support than the main act! I guess they tend to prefer more mood/extreme lighting for headliners at most venues.

We (the agency) had been briefed that Gaz Coombes would have a choir for the finale and might be asked to cover it for him/the venue. No call came but I asked the venue if I could still cover it and they Ok’ed it. Rather than shooting from the bottom I went up to the middle tier to get a wider view.

Event was to publicise Gaz Coombes new album –  Gaz Coombes – Matador

FURS

Spotify:  FURS
Twitter: @fursfurs

Gaz Coombes

Spotify:  Gaz Coombes
Twitter: @GazCoombes

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Gig: Gerard Way + No Devotion

Another Brixton Academy gig – which I enjoy as there’s lots of space and their lighting is normally good and professional. Although it can be cold we usually have to wait in a side corridor and usually don’t get to stay which is a shame.

This time – Gerard Way – of My Chemical Romance fame
And No Devotion – the band formed post Lost Prophets

No Devotion

Gerard Way

23/01/2015

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Gig: JD McPherson + The Cactus Blossoms

JD McPherson

A nice Rock and roll/rhythm and blues/country/Rockabilly gig at Islington Assembly Hall. Was expecting it to be more lively – but it was fairly relaxed. Would have been a great place to photograph the crowd too as there were lots there dressed up in a Rockabilly style.

There was only two or three of us photographing the show so plenty of space to move around. Lighting was good too with no crazy smoke etc.

22/01/2015

The Cactus Blossoms

JD McPherson

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Gig: Die Antwoord

Going to try to catch up with publishing pictures from some of the gigs I’ve covered.

This one was a gig that I’d looked forward to and specially requested. Although unfortunately Brixton Academy are fairly on the ball at escorting photographers out of the building once they’re done. This isn’t unusual so not something to be upset about. It tends to bee the all seater or larger venues which do this, smaller venues are usually Ok if you behave yourself i.e. put the camera away.

The Die Antwoord show was fairly tricky photography wise – lots of UV and back-lighting. Had hoped the results would be better. Ah well – the other photographers would have had the same issues.

 

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