Tag: Gig Photography

Live: Katy Hurt @ The Sound Lounge

I first met Katy Hurt back in July 2014 when I got chatting to her parents at a Kacey Musgraves show at west London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. We were all enamoured with the meteoric rise of Country Music’s popularity in the UK but the Hurts had an ace up their sleeves, daughter Katy’s incredible Southern-styled voice coupled with her song-writing talents which her parents were immediately gushing about and championing. Spending her early life in the U.S., it’s no surprise that Hurt was exposed to Country music and got the bug herself. But pursuing it following the family’s relocation...

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Live: Sting @ Hammersmith Apollo

Sting is a man who needs no introduction. Or maybe he does in a world where his solo tour has been hitting up medium-sized venues rather than the arenas and stadiums of years past. He is probably known to most as former The Police frontman, the 1970’s new wavers who exploded globally with their three-piece rock offerings before bowing out in a blaze of glory following hit 1983 album Sychronicity (obligatory noughties reunion tour not withstanding). But Sting was always more than just a rock singer and bassist, having a foundation in both Spanish guitar and jazz, so it’s...

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Live: Melanie C @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

There are pop stars and then there are The Spice Girls – probably one of the most successful female pop groups of them all – a group comprised of five very different personalities, something that made them stand out from the rest from the off when they broke onto the scene in 1996. And, while probably not the biggest tabloid star of the five, one of the stand-out voices of the group was always, always Melanie Chisholm AKA Sporty Spice or Melanie C, to differentiate between the two Melanies in the group. Proceeding the Spice Girls effective disbanding in 2000, Mel...

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Live: Bear’s Den @ Hammersmith Apollo, London

It’s funny, I always think of the Hammersmith Apollo as one of London’s bigger, less personal, gig venues.  But last night Bear’s Den managed to make it feel like the back room of a smoky pub. Whether it was their particular brand of spiritual, emotive folk rock or the soft but striking set lighting I don’t know, but I liked it. Since Joey Haynes left the band last year, Bear’s Den don’t play alone. On stage with songsmith and lead vocalist Andrew Davie and singer and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Jones, is Dutch session man Christof van der Ven on guitars and banjo,...

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Live: Bush @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

You’d be forgiven for thinking 1990’s rock outfit Bush were an American band, given both their sound and enduring success across the pond. Their 1994 debut studio record Sixteen Stone was certified 6x Platinum in the U.S., it’s follow-up peaked at #1 in the U.S. album charts and many of their singles hit #1 on the U.S. Alt. Rock charts for a decade. But Bush are, in fact, a British band. So much so that they’re named after the area in which tonight’s gig takes place – Shepherd’s Bush! The original line-up of frontman Gavin Rossdale, drummer Robin Goodridge,...

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Live: Band Of Horses @ Troxy, London

What a great night. Before the enigmatic Band Of Horses adorn the East London stage, I’m not surprised to see that folk have arrived early to witness a warm-up from Israel Nash who would quite rightly on another occasion command a headline slot in his own right. The fellow American, whom RockShot Magazine met in Notting Hill last month, was joined on stage by friend and musical partner Eric Swanson for a stunning 6-song support set. Nash’s highly personal song-writing and powerful vocals compliment perfectly the headline act, and it is easy to see why he has joined them throughout the UK and European leg of their tour. Through a thick...

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Rock Show: Nashville In Concert – TV stars hit the stage

The stars from award-winning US Country music-themed television show Nashville are heading back over to the UK for a series of shows this summer following hugely successful and well-received events last year. Featuring Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Britain’s own Sam Palladio, Nashville In Concert will see the cast perform songs from the series as well as original material. Playing fictional Country music singers, writers and performers on screen, these five, alongside the show’s extended cast, are all talented musical performers in their own right, recording all of the songs heard on the show themselves...

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Live: Green Day @ The O2 Arena

With the recent controversial U.S. presidential appointment seemingly the only thing I’m forced to read about these days on the news, it seems that rockers Green Day have ample inspiration for new material coming hard and fast. With the announcement in September 2016 that the band would be playing at London’s O2 Arena for the first time since 2009 in support of 12th studio album Revolution Radio, British fans were abuzz with excitement. Being a hardcore fan of the band since I was 14, I knew that this was certainly going to be a show to remember. They hadn’t been in...

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Live: Pete RG, Staticland & Candlebox @ Underworld, Camden

Living in London means one thing, you are always surrounded by live music. If you’re lucky and choose correctly, you could have a decent feast almost every night. If your choices fail you might end up in a need of ear plugs in a pub that charges you more than a fiver for a beer. So choose wisely. If you notice Pete RG is playing in your town, do not hesitate, grab a ticket, take your mates and experience real music at it’s finest. American singer-songwriter Pete RG came to London’s Underground venue in Camden to support fellow American band...

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Photography: The Hunna @ Shepherds Bush Empire

Last time I photographed The Hunna was in front of a couple of hundred people at a sold-out Boston Music Room in London’s Tufnell Park. Nine months later, they’re back promoting their debut album 100 at a sold-out Shepherds Bush Empire. This time around, the venue capacity has multiplied ten-fold, ticket resale sites are asking stupid money, and touts are out in force patrolling Shepherds Bush Green. It was obvious from the outset that this band were going places and the evidence displayed in and around this splendid West London venue seems to speak for itself… Read the full...

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Live: Saint Agnes @ Oslo, Hackney.

Beware!  Saint Agnes are back with a new single and are ready to kick down the doors in your neighbourhood. The band, who are my personal greatest discovery of 2016, have bought out another strong rock song Merry Mother Of God Go Round. The new single release was followed by a live show at Oslo, Hackney on 8th December. Nothing can be just ordinary on 8th December. On the same date, we lost John Lennon (1980) and Darell Dimebag (2004) and it should be another celebration of Jim Morrison’s birthday – the Lizard King would have been 73 this year. With expectations set high by the upcoming single, I...

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Live: Biffy Clyro @ The O2 Arena

Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro are back, and bigger than ever, with the release of seventh studio album Ellipsis. And to support the record, frontman Simon Neil along with his rhythm section of twin brothers James and Ben Johnson on bass and drums respectively, hit up some of the biggest venues across the country, ending up with a stop at East London’s tent-venue – The O2 Arena.   The rock trio suffered from a split of their fan base following their mainstream success with Only Revolutions in 2009, seemingly sounding too light and commercial to some when compared to their...

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Live: Electric Six @ O2 Academy Islington

With twelve albums to their name, Electric Six are remarkably prolific for a band primarily known for two hit singles. Danger! High Voltage and Gay Bar were an essential part of the noughties soundtrack, but as loyal fans crow-barred into a sold out O2 Academy Islington tonight will testify, there’s much more to this band than that. This is a weird venue. Purpose built in a nondescript thirteen-year-old shopping centre, it has all the ambience of a nondescript thirteen-year-old shopping centre. As functional as it gets, service ducts and pipework dangle from the ceiling – it’s kind of like...

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Live: Paradisia @ MOTH Club, London.

After a successful debut with the single Silent Lover, London-based band Paradisia have released their second track Warpaint. The single is scheduled to be released in November and follows up a premiere show at London’s MOTH Club. Edyta K went along to photograph and find out more about this enigmatic band. Alex Maxwell and her band opened the evening and  the young singer and songwriter presented mostly her own compositions and two very brave cover versions, Frank Sinatra‘s famous New York, New York and The Doors‘ 1967 single People Are Strange. She declared herself as a die-hard fan of The Doors but I was not really convinced...

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Live: KT Tunstall @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

“Good evening London” KT Tunstall screamed. “It’s so lovely to be here, what a strange, strange day” she said. “But we couldn’t be in a better place than one of the best venues in the world!” Scottish singer, songwriter and musician KT Tunstall has been on some journey in the 12 years since the release of her hit debut record Eye to the Telescope, which spawned a series of well-received singles and earned the then 28-year-old a Mercury Music Prize nomination. Fast forward to 2016 and the release of her fifth studio album KIN sees the now 41-year-old upbeat...

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Live: Kongos @ Islington Academy, London.

American rhythm specialists Kongos brought their mighty and fascinating sound to London. On the day after the US presidential election in which Donald J Trump was chosen as the 45th President of the USA, they rocked into town in a shocked state. They are all brothers and share the family name, Kongos. In their stage shows the band are happy to include their many influences whether it be kwaito dance from South Africa or qawwali from Pakistan and their music does take in a lot of global styles and beats. It is easy to make comparisons with others who have done...

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Live: Kacey Musgraves @ Royal Albert Hall

Rising star Kacey Musgraves played the first sold-out show by a Country music act at London’s historic Royal Albert Hall venue in 12 years. That’s some feat for 27-year-old Musgraves who was playing to some 350 fans under two years ago at West London’s Bush Hall. And tonight, that very concert airs in full on BBC4 at 11pm. And so in anticipation, here is RockShot Magazine’s full review with exclusive photos from that show. “I think that this is the fanciest place I’ve ever been in, how did they let me in?” the 27-year-old said, looking around the packed...

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Live: Michael Franti @ Heaven, London.

Michael Franti returns with his uplifting, positive and political message, this time ostensibly as an acoustic duo tour, with guitarist J. Bowman. However, if you expected to be in for a quiet, mellow time of it, watch out – tonight’s show was one of the rowdiest, most rave-like, festival-vibe gigs I’ve been to. It’s time to dance… and to hug your neighbour. Franti, whose music stretches effortlessly across rootsy folk, reggae, hip hop, pop, soul and rock, has brought us various incarnations of his vision of peace and unity over the years. From the sharp observations and protests of...

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Live: Goo Goo Dolls @ Hammersmith Apollo

Hailing from Buffalo, New York, veteran American rockers Goo Goo Dolls returned to the UK for a run of shows, kicking off in Norwich last week and concluding at West London’s Hammersmith Apollo, in support of the group’s eleventh studio album Boxes, released in May. Formed in 1986 by continuing members Johnny Rzeznik on guitars and vocals and Robby Takac on bass and vocals, the group’s first two records featured Takac exclusively on lead vocals, bar a couple of songs on sophomore album Jed. But it was Rzeznik’s slow shift to frontman that coincided with the group’s rise in...

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Live: The Pretty Reckless @ Scala

Taylor Momsen-led American rock four-piece The Pretty Reckless returned to London for the first time since playing their biggest UK headline show at the 5,000-capacity Brixton Academy in November 2014, this time playing a tiny pre-album launch show for third studio record Who You Selling For, due out on 21st October, to a crowd of just 1,000 at North London’s fabulous Scala venue. While The Pretty Reckless may seem to some as The Taylor Momsen show, drummer Jamie Perkins, guitarist Ben Phillips and bass player Mark Damon were themselves the New York band Famous, formed in 2006, before being...

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