Tag: Concert Photography

Photography: Sunday @ Glastonbury Festival 2017

When Sunday at Glastonbury Festival rolls around, there’s that bittersweet sense of impending closure on the horizon. We all do our very best to make sure we squeeze every last ounce of pleasure out of Michael Eavis‘ Worthy Farm while making sure we don’t overdo it (like the night before) or else suffer the fate of hungover journeys home. And so it was with that feeling that I arose in my tent on a hill, flipped through my battered guide and set forth first for a return to the Thali Café for a repeat Indian-themed breakfast and a wonder around...

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Photography: Saturday @ Glastonbury Festival 2017

Having trekked around large areas of the Glastonbury Festival site on Friday, I still had barely scratched the surface, but a full day of music across the many stages still beckoned including the massive, long-awaited Pyramid Stage headline slot from American rockers Foo Fighters who had to pull out of their 2015 appearance due to frontman Dave Grohl breaking his leg at a show a few weeks beforehand. But also added to the bill on both the Pyramid and Leftfield stages was Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. But for early risers like me, it was choosing which layers to pack...

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Photography: Friday @ Glastonbury Festival 2017

There is absolutely no way to do Glastonbury Festival justice with a single pair of eyes (or camera lens) as the site is simply huge, and seems all the bigger with the 200,000 odd festival-goers roaming the boulevards, fields, tents, hills and gullies of the 900 acre site. But here is what I managed to catch, running around the festival on Friday. While many would have headed for the festival’s famous Pyramid Stage to see the festival officially opened by the Hacienda Classical, proceedings on The Other Stage for the weekend were kicked off Chrissie Hynde‘s The Pretenders, the Anglo-American...

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Live: Jeff Lynne’s ELO @ Wembley Stadium

The first album I bought was Out Of The Blue. The Electric Light Orchestra, that album, and those which followed and preceded it were the soundtrack to my childhood. The ELO obsession has followed me into middle age. I’m the sort of guy who can sing: “Yes, I’m turning to stone ‘cos you ‘ain’t coming home. Why aren’t you coming home if I’m turning to stone? You’ve been gone for so long and I can’t carry on. Yes, I’m turning, I’m turning, I’m turning to stone” at full speed without pausing for breath or breaking into a sweat. Kind...

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Live: Jon Stevens @ Borderline

Jon Stevens rose to fame in the 1980s, the decade when more was most definitely more. Over 30 years later, he’s still got the same mindset. Instead of just one London gig, the Australian rock legend is playing five across the city. And, although the venues are far more intimate than those he’s used to, don’t for one second think he’s scaled back. He’s brought the full band who supported him at the Isle of Wight Festival, even though they struggle to fit on the Borderline stage. He’s brought a team of audio and lighting engineers so, although the...

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Live: Sam Palladio @ The Water Rats

Sam Palladio might not yet be a household name, but his character on hit U.S. television show Nashville just might be – Gunnar Scott anyone? Since making waves when it hit U.S. TV network ABC in 2012, the Country music-driven drama set and filmed in Tennessee’s Music City has gone from strength to strength despite relocating to its more natural home on the Country Music Television (CMT) cable network for its fifth season. Strange to think that it was British actor and musician Palladio, hailing from Cornwall, that was the first regular cast member to be cast for the...

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Live: Vieux Farka Touré @ Howard Assembly Room

Every year, Opera North in Leeds hosts a very well curated selection of artists and this week was no different, with an enchanting and magical performance by Vieux Farka Touré. Having been a massive fan of Ali Farka Touré, Vieux’s late father, and seeing Vieux perform at the 2010 Fifa World Cup Opening Ceremony in South Africa, he has been on top of my list of musicians that I have wanted to see for a while. Naturally, I was not going to pass up the opportunity to see him live. Arriving at the Howard Assembly Room, I was surprised...

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Live: Chris Shiflett @ The Water Rats

Chris Shiflett grew up in Santa Barbara, California. His childhood idols were Kiss. He first gained attention as a member of punk band No Use For A Name. And for almost two decades he’s been the Foo Fighters’ lead guitarist. Yet, over the past five years, the musician with such bonafide rock credentials has been beating a path down to Nashville (the city not the TV show) on three solo albums. The latest, West Coast Town, is his most authentic yet. Recorded in the city’s legendary RCA Studio A with Chris Stapleton’s producer Dave Cobb, its classic country sound is...

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Live: Evanescence @ Apollo Hammersmith

One of the best things about doing this is that you get to experience live music that doesn’t necessarily twitch the antennae. To be honest, it’s unlikely I’d have been mixing it with a sold-out crowd tonight at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith for an evening with Arkansas rockers Evanescence were it not for the chance to snap them – but I’m very glad I did, on a number of levels. First of all, we got lucky with access right at the front. The band were known in journalistic circles for being a little camera shy on this tour, having...

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Live: Nic Cester and The Milano Electrica w/ Chris Shiflett @ 100 Club

The 100 Club, located at 100 Oxford Street is one of the most iconic venues London has to offer. The venue has been hosting live music since 1942 under the name Feldman Jazz Club and since 1964 as the 100 Club. It is one of the oldest, independent venues worldwide. Throughout the decades the venue has been hosting all type of live music, from the blues of Muddy Waters and BB King, the rocking hippy taste of The Who and The Kinks in the ’60s, the iconic Sex Pistols, The Clash and Siouxsie & The Banshees brought punk to...

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Live: Nashville In Concert @ Royal Albert Hall

The popularity of Country music, the perceived mainstay of the Southern United States, is on the rise both throughout the rest of the U.S. and in the UK, with London’s O2 Arena now in its fifth year hosting C2C: Country to Country – the UK’s Country music festival – alongside a number of home-grown Country acts hitting in big on the charts. Duos The Shires and Ward Thomas have each produced two massive British Country music records, proving just how universal such Southern-sounding, story-telling songs truly are. One of the factors in that rise in the popularity of Country...

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Live: Simple Plan @ Kentish Town Forum

Simple Plan know what a noisy, sweaty old-school rock show needs. The psyched audience scream on command. The showman singer likes to leap off the monitors, continually whips the crowd up into a frenzy, and suddenly appears at the mixing desk. The wild drummer stage dives and crowd surfs. Fog blasters and streamer cannons go off with wild abandon. Bras are thrown up onto the stage. T-shirts and giant beach balls get lobbed into the crowd (complete with a “playing with my balls” joke from the frontman). And the band unleash one riotous punk anthem after another. Tonight the...

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Live: Imagine Dragons @ Roundhouse

The Imagine Dragons sound is big on beats, both on record and on stage. So it’s almost expected that their encore of Radioactive climaxes with all four band members pounding on some type of drum. Less expected is the might of lead guitarist Wayne Sermon. Relatively low-key on their albums, in concert he’s as integral to the Las Vegas quartet’s sound as Dan Reynolds’ voice and, yes, even those pounding rhythms. Not convinced? How about the long, fluid instrumental that echoes the vocal line on seismic set opener Thunder? Or the fiery noodling to ride out the victory march...

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Live: Eddie Vedder @ Hammersmith Apollo

London’s Hammersmith Apollo isn’t what you’d call intimate. And yet Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder makes the 3,600-seater venue feel like a living room, or a cosy campfire singalong. And it’s not just because he’s surrounded by a vintage radio, reel-to-reel tape player, battered suitcases (complete with The Who sticker), various old-timey speakers, assorted instruments, and, later, an actual campfire complete with starry sky backdrop. Most of it’s down to Vedder himself. Seated on stage alone for much of the two and a half hour set, he’s frank, honest, spontaneous, and vulnerable in his words and musical performances. He makes...

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Live: !!! (Chk Chk Chk) @ Oval Space

Fronted by Nic Offer and assisted by vocalist Lea Lea, !!! (pronounced Chk Chk Chk) brought their dance-punk flavours to a sold out Oval Space, London’s multi-purpose arts venue set amongst a redundant industrial estate in Hackney. Being fairly new to this band and after seeing their latest video Dancing Is The Best Revenge, I was intrigued to witness their live show. Laetitia Sadier opened the evening with a view of the sun setting through the frame of the old gas storage depot towering next to the venue. An intimate solo performance of songs in both French and English,...

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Live: Mollie Marriott @ The Borderline

As a two-year-old, Mollie Marriott remembers seeing Chuck Berry perform. She was in the front row, “dancing like crazy” on her mother’s lap. Fast forward a few years and she’s still dancing like crazy, albeit on the Borderline stage in front of her own equally enthusiastic fans. Like Berry and the other rock ‘n roll greats she saw growing up as Steve Marriott’s daughter, she has real presence, personality, and power. She endears herself with disarming comments about being excited but frightened, getting hot and sweaty, the challenges of tackling an Aretha Franklin song, and the tightness of her leather...

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Live: Matt Andersen @ The Borderline

Canadian multi award-winning, R&B and blues singer-songwriter Matt Andersen was ruler of the evening at London’s Borderline, where he brought the UK part of his European tour to a close. With over 10 million views on YouTube, two European Blues Awards, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge,  Matt Andersen is taking the world by storm. He has shared the stage and toured with Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Greg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Randy Bachman, Little Feat, Jonny Lang, Serena Ryder, and more. Andersen has won the 2013 and 2016 European Blues Award for Best Solo/Acoustic Act, three...

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Live: Roger Hodgson @ Royal Albert Hall, London

For two and a half hours on Saturday night, Roger Hodgson encouraged a sell-out Royal Albert Hall crowd to momentarily park the bad stuff taking place in the world and concentrate instead on a collected shared love for music and humanity. It’s a speech he gives at every gig. At the time, I interpreted it as a sideswipe at the current incumbent in the White House – it’s a popular observation after all. Forty-eight hours later, Hodgson’s remarks now seem more prescient than ever. Roger Hodgson was the major song writing force of 1970s/1980s prog/rock/pop megastars Supertramp. He can...

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Live: Sheryl Crow @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Be Myself, the title of Sheryl Crow’s latest album, says it all. After flirting with soul and classic country on her last two outings, 100 Miles From Memphis and Feels Like Home, she’s gone back to her roots, embracing the sound that first made her a household name. The decision to be herself once more was clearly personal, as lyrics like “Hanging with the hipsters is a lot of hard work” make abundantly clear. But there’s the added benefit of the new material slipping seamlessly into a live show that, from the get go, leans on her first three...

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Live: Oumou Sangaré @ Village Underground

“I want to talk to you, but I have a problem,” Oumou Sangaré tells an adoring Village Underground crowd who greet each of her songs with jubilation. “My problem,” the Malian songstress laughs, “is English.” But, when it comes to “The Songbird of Wassoulou“, something as trivial as language is no barrier. After all, the vast majority of people rejoicing inside this packed Shoreditch venue don’t understand a single word of the Bambara language she sings in. That’s a testament to her glorious voice, refined and finessed over almost five decades of performance. A singer from the age of five,...

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