Category: Photography

LIVE: LLOYD COLE @ UNION CHAPEL, LONDON.

On this tour Lloyd Cole is only performing his classic songbook covering a period from 1983 – 1996 which comprises of hits from albums Rattlesnakes, Easy Pieces, Mainstream, Lloyd Cole and Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe.  Union Chapel is an intimate and relaxed setting perfect for an acoustic performance, with soft stage lights and the balcony lined with candles.  The audience are seated together in the church pews drinking tea and coffee (the venue still being a functioning church, no alcohol is allowed in the chapel area) it seems to add to the warmth and closeness of the...

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In Pictures: Moondance Festival.

When I first heard about Moondance festival I wasn’t sure about going to a rave on a Sunday, but I thought I would give it a go anyway. And it was a good choice! Moondance has been run by the “old skool-ers” for over twenty years now and you could easily see that their experience shining through by the great choice of artists selected. Moondance Festival is organised by Found who have united with some of the UK’s most prestigious, independent promoters to celebrate the pioneers of dance music, showcasing the best in old skool, drum & bass, garage, house, jungle...

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Rock Show: Green Day finally hit Hyde Park!

Californian rockers Green Day are finally having their day in the sun at London’s Hyde Park as they become the first act announced to headline the 2017 British Summer Time festival held in the park. The concert series, which kicked off in 2013, has seen the likes of Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Neil Young and The Who headline the Great Oak Stage in London’s famous Hyde Park while this year we saw Carole King bring her Tapestry album to life on the stage while Stevie Wonder, Florence + The Machine and Mumford & Sons also headlined. Green...

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Live: Blossoms @ The Forum, London

Stockport rockers Blossoms’ story is one that truly endears them to their audience and the music industry alike. They’re young, fresh and full of energy, but with an understanding of the struggle it takes to succeed in the music business, each member having tried and failed in past musical endeavours while working other jobs to make ends meet. In a stark contrast to the plethora of manufactured bands that come and go with the seasons, it’s Blossoms’ songs that have got them where they are. As it should be. The Tom Ogden-led indie rockers played their biggest London headline...

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Interview: Luna Bay, Great Things On The Horizon.

Luna Bay arrive surprisingly fresh faced, as they have all assembled in London from various parts of the country, their guitarist having stepped off a train from Wales moments before.  They are a four piece band consisting of front man Connor O’Mara, lead guitarist Rye Milligan, Sammy Penniston on bass and Alex Ross on drums. They all met during their foundation year at the Chelsea branch of BIMM Institute Music School, when asked how the band started, Conner defers to Alex, “It was all his idea!  I wasn’t sure I wanted to be in a band, I had been...

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Rock Show: Paul Dempsey – Rare Solo Show from SFK Frontman

Something For Kate front man Paul Dempsey is slotting in a rare solo UK appearance at West London’s Bush Hall in support of his third solo album Strange Loop. The Melbourne, Australia-native has had huge success with rock trio Something For Kate since 1997’s Elsewhere for 8 Minutes hit the shelves, with 2001 hit record Echolalia certified Platinum. 2009 saw Dempsey flex his solo muscles with debut solo album Everything Is True, which peaked at number 5 on the Australian album charts and saw Dempsey pick up from his native Australia and transplant himself in New York for a period of...

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In Photos: Communion Turns 10!

Independent record label, live music promoter and publisher Communion is 10 years old! Growing from a monthly live music night at Notting Hill’s famous basement Arts Club venue, the artists and fans-based supportive community nature of Communion expanded from that monthly music night to what it is today. Boasting a roster of artists, recorded output and live shows that seems to have developed into a who’s who of genre-bending, mould-breaking and spirit-lifting acts, it’s hard to believe that Communion is only 10 years old. Founded in 2006 by musicians Kevin Jones, who went on to form Bear’s Den a few...

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Interview: Ani Glass, Heart of Ani.

Ani Glass is the stage name of Cardiff based electro-pop singer songwriter and musician Ani Saunders. Having begun her musical journey as a member of girl bands Genie Queen and The Pipettes, Ani moved back to her home town of Cardiff to join Indie band The Lovely Wars, before releasing her first solo single, the upbeat Ffol (Foolish) in 2015. In the wake of the release of her latest single Y Ddawns (The Dance), and whilst working on her new EP, Ani talks to Michael Eden about her life, her influences and her music. Did experiences in your early...

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Live: Ramblin’ Man Fair @ Mote Park, Maidstone.

Wow, what a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, the inaugural Ramblin’ Man Fair in Maidstone’s Mote Park experienced modest audiences, kept in check by wretched weather. The event made a loss and resulted in a change of management, with Spirit Of Rock taking the reins. Roll forward to 2016. Twenty-two thousand people packed out the park. For two days, the sun beamed under blue skies and the mercury resided comfortably in the mid-70s to 80s. Ramblin’ Man Fair is the festival for the people who sew denim patches on their denim patches; a celebration of all things...

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In Photos: LeeFest Presents The Neverland

LeeFest Presents: The Neverland. The day in photography as we have a close look around John Darlings Farm (we always wondered what he did after Peter Pan). From the Mermaid’s Lagoon in neon, to pirates at Skull Ridge, we encounter Lost Boys and girls, glitter wrestlers, fashion icons and retro games as well as three great stages of music. Music from Otherkin, Clean Cut Kid and Get Inuit made our day as we watched bands play at Bangerang, Tootles Circus, Hooks Rock and danced the night away at The Goldmine. See our photography below.            ...

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Live: Bilbao BBK Live 2016 – Festival Season’s Hidden Gem

For music lovers the world over, festival season is often the best opportunity to catch those elusive acts it is impossible to snap up headline show tickets to while catching the up and comers on their rise. But where some of the world’s big festivals can often leave you missing the acts you had your heart set on, there are those medium-sized affairs that are big enough to attract the heavy hitters but small enough to ensure you can leg it from stage to stage via the beer stand and catch all of the action. And amongst those BBK...

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Live: The Struts @ Dingwalls

Every so often, a band comes along that the online music photography community opines as a ‘must have’ in the portfolio. Vintage Trouble are one such artist. I’ve snapped them and can confirm that they certainly lived up to the hype. More recently, The Struts have been listed in the same exalted company, so when an opportunity presented to photograph them performing at Camden’s iconic Dingwalls, it wasn’t one that needed thinking about for very long. The Struts have been active as a band since 2010, although the current line-up of Luke Spiller (vocals), Adam Slack (guitar), Jed Elliott...

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Live: Band Of Horses @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Seattle-based rockers Band Of Horses released fifth studio album Why Are You OK last month, and following a triumphant John Peel stage performance at this year’s recent Glastonbury Festival, they were back in the UK for a trio of shows, including two stops at London’s newly re-opened Shepherd’s Bush Empire venue. With the record coming from a slightly different place than the previous four, frontman Ben Bridwell having recently become a father for the fourth time and producer extraordinaire Rick Rubin giving it a glance, we have a lot to look forward to. With their American Trucker look of...

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Live: Santana @ Eventim Hammersmith Apollo

It’s been a really awful few weeks. Brexit, no Government, no opposition, defeat to Iceland, Jo Cox, Caroline Aherne. You’d be forgiven for thinking that tonight’s crowd at the Hammersmith Apollo might have reason to be a little agitated right now. In residence was Carlos Santana, legendary guitarist and head of the nine-piece Latin jazz-rock fusion band that bears his surname; and the artistes did engender a few whistles of dissent by emerging close to 20 minutes late. Within a few bars of the opening number Soul Sacrifice however, it was clear the audience were going to at least momentarily...

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Live: Glastonbury 2016 – Mud, Brexit and All-English Headliners

Described by festival founder Michael Eavis as the muddiest ever Glastonbury, revellers can at least be thankful that the rain was largely kept at bay during the four festival days, although a torrential spell during Friday, a good downpour over that night, and some drizzle here and there over the remaining days ensured Worthy Farm’s famous mud was kept topped up. Hell, this year’s edition is probably just as memorable and mentioned for its sludge-like mud as for any of the bands, the resulting substance described by one as a kind of chocolate mousse. Attendees can also be thankful for...

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Live: Nashville In Concert @ Hammersmith Apollo

Hit US television show Nashville, following the lives of fictional Country musicians living in Tennessee’s Music City, has been a breakthrough hit on both sides of the Atlantic. And while viewing figures may have waivered enough after four seasons for the ABC broadcast network to cancel the show, fans the world over have made enough noise for cable channel CMT to pick it up for a fifth. But the thing that makes the show great is the simply diverse talent of its stars – actors, singers, musicians and writers across the board from the youngest cast members, sisters Maisy and...

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Live: Ladyhawke @ Scala

New Zealand synth rock artist Pip Brown, better known to the world as Ladyhawke, a stage name taken from a 1985 Richard Donner fantasy film, has had a colourful time of things between her sophomore record, 2012’s Anxiety, and it’s newly-released follow-up Wild Things. Having achieved global success with her eponymous debut, which produced five singles, the shy and anxious Brown followed it up with the less-stellar, guitar-driven and somewhat moody Anxiety. Disclosing her late-diagnosed Asperger’s and eventually copping to alcoholism, the intervening period has seen the Kiwi beat her addiction, get married and produce a collection of songs that can only be described as...

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Live: Jane’s Addiction @ The Forum

Jane’s Addiction at The Forum in London on 13 June 2016.  (Imelda Michalczyk) This show was set to be special, as Jane’s Addiction played seminal album Ritual de lo Habitual in full. The title’s literal translation, obvious to even the most linguistically challenged, is Rituals of the Habitual, put differently, Everyday Sacred Ceremonies. A wise choice to guarantee gig-going satisfaction. Although frequently named one of rocks most influential bands, by the likes of Tool, The Smashing Pumpkins and Korn, they are a band who have acquired very few new fans from the younger generations. With only two albums following...

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Live: Garbage @ Troxy

“Twenty years we’ve been coming to London and every time we have, I’ve spent the whole day on the toilet, being so neurotic, because I feel like we come from the United Kingdom.” Now that’s some statement from an ever present and seemingly unflappable frontwoman that makes you think twice about a band that come across as so strong and confident that a show at London’s Troxy venue should be a walk in the park. Playing their first headline show since the release of sixth studio album Strange Little Birds just last week, Scottish-American electronic rockers Garbage hit up the...

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Live: Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown @ Boston Music Rooms

Nashville born heavy rock and blues 4-piece Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown are making significant waves as a support act on AC/DC’s current stadium tour. Tonight, I had the pleasure of seeing them perform in the tiny North London venue that is Boston Music Room. This was the gig for people who wanted to see Bryant without feeling obligated to hang around for a sixty-one-year-old man running around in a schoolboy’s uniform. I am definitely one of those people. Mark Curran, front man of acoustic two-piece first support artist Curran commented that having heard the sound check, he knew...

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Live: PiL @ O2 Indigo

If you can forgive those adverts for the butter (and please do – actually they were pretty funny and they did fund new PiL music, so let’s all just get over it, shall we?), John Lydon must surely be one of the most iconic musical artists still occupying a stage. Tonight’s stage was the O2 Indigo, the second (but still significant) performance space under the East London tent. The gig was part of a tour promoting PiL’s 2015 self-released album What The World Needs Now and the scheduled stage time was 8.45pm. At 8.45pm precisely (it’s all a little...

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Live: Lera Lynn @ Islington Assembly Hall

Nashville, Tennessee-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Lera Lynn brought her Resistor tour to the UK for a run of shows including tonight’s stop at Islington’s Assembly Hall in support of her recently released fourth studio album – if we discount her significant contribution to last year’s soundtrack for season two of HBO’s hit crime drama series True Detective, in which she also picked up an acting part. Appearing on stage wearing a black jacket over a white shirt and tight gold trousers, flanked by a bass player on her left, guitarist and producer Joshua Grange on her right and drummer...

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Words of Wilko: Don’t You Leave Me Here Book Launch @ Rough Trade East

I’ve documented on these pages once before, that if it wasn’t for Wilko Johnson, I wouldn’t be shooting live music. It was his terminal pancreatic cancer diagnosis early in 2013 that made me consider how sad it was that I had no decent lasting memories of any of the many gigs (including Wilko’s gigs) that I’d been to – so I set out to do something about it. Of course, the one artist I thought I would never be able to photograph was Johnson, who by the end of 2013 was supposed to be dead. What happened next is...

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Live: Little Green Cars @ Village Underground

Dublin-based quintet Little Green Cars are back on the road in support of sophomore LP Ephemera, which emerged in March some three years since well-received debut Absolute Zero. Following stops in Manchester and Bristol with the touring Dot To Dot Festival, alongside Mystery Jets, Augustines and The Temper Trap amongst others, they played a headline show at London’s Village Underground venue to round out their tour, bringing their brand of folksy indie rock layered with blended vocal harmonies to East London’s trendy Shoreditch. Hipster beards and braces optional. Appearing on the East London stage encased in smoke and lit...

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Feature: Lera Lynn, Otherworldly Evocative Americana.

For devotees of HBO’s drama series True Detective, you could be forgiven for thinking Lera Lynn is as dark and melancholy as the mysterious singer she plays so well from The Black Rose, the dive bar featured in the second season which sees its fair share of unsavoury characters (not least Colin Farrell’s Ray Velcoro). The bar scenes and Lynn’s presence alone are captivating, with a deeply evocative voice and haunting melodies that evoke images of Julee Cruise in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, and there is a haunting sadness about her performance. Yet, her music in real life is...

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Live: Pentatonix @ Brixton Academy

Pentatonix may sound like a thrash metal band but they are, in fact, an American a cappella quintet that have been taking the US by storm following winning the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off reality TV show back in 2011, which resulted in the group winning a recording contract with Sony. They’ve since gone on to win multiple Grammy awards, release four well-received EPs and three further albums including last year’s eponymous US chart-topping effort. Comprised of Texans Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado and counter-tenor Mitch Grassi along with Visalia, California-native Avi Kaplan on bass vocals and Owensboro, Kentucky-born...

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Live: Jono McCleery Trio @ Bush Hall

Tomorrow, at the same time, The same feeling will arise, And you will know by then to go.  There are just a few artists that are able to change the evening into magic just by the power of their voice. Striped down, dressed only in emotions, without pretending… One of them is Jono McCleery and I have been lucky enough to see him twice this year. I think it’s becoming a good tradition that Jono’s openers are young artists mostly unknown by the audience. This time that honour belonged to Robyn Sherwell. I have to admit that I didn’t quite know what to expect....

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Interview: Ray Wilson, The Song Inside.

Ray Wilson is a sublime rock vocalist with a rich Scottish edge. He is the long-time  front man of the post-grunge band Stiltskin, who topped the UK charts in 1994 with their hit Inside.  In the last year Ray has written twenty songs that are personally meaningful to him and express the range of his vocal and melodic skills.  He has worked closely with musicians in his band to create two really accomplished albums, Song For A Friend and Makes Me Think of Home. Song For A Friend is sweetly acoustic and deeply moving. In this interview with Shirley Ann...

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Live: Graham Nash @ G Live Guildford.

Planes, boats and trains…and bus stops, the chances are that Graham Nash knows a tune or two about them or he has probably written one and we heard about them all tonight. At G Live in Guildford he demonstrated his human side, he showed us a part of himself that was emotional and poetic, stoic and romantic as he showed off his new album and awesome back catalogue. Produced by Shane Fontayne, who accompanied Graham on guitar, This Path Tonight is his first album of new material in fourteen years. It covers reflection and transition by a performer whose career,...

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Live: Vanessa Carlton @ Scala

Pennsylvania-born singer, songwriter and pianist Vanessa Carlton returned to London after a thirteen-year absence in style, following a capacity show at North London’s Lexington earlier this month, she was back at the bigger Scala venue to wrap up her European tour in support of fifth studio album Liberman. Probably, and unfortunately, still best known for her 2002 hit single A Thousand Miles from debut album Be Not Nobody, Carlton could have been written off as a one-hit wonder star. But Liberman, her freshest and most raw album to date proves that she’s come a long way since then and...

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