Category: Photography

Samantha Fish Gets The Voodoo Working At Borderline

Some artists, like AC/DC, specialise in familiarity. Others, like Kate Bush, Bjork, and now Samantha Fish, specialise in surprise. The singer-songwriter-guitarist has been looking beyond her blues base to incorporate elements like Americana, ‘50s rock ‘n roll, vintage R&B, and retro soul into her sound. At this point in her career, all that’s guaranteed are her powerful vocals, expressive guitar playing, and emotional authenticity. “You should always get outside of the box,” she explains. “Challenging yourself is how you grow.” As if to prove her point, this year the Kansas City native’s released not just Chills & Fever (reinterpreting...

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Black Star Riders Bound For Glory @ Academy Sheffield

In their short lifetime, Black Star Riders have managed what few bands achieve in a career and that is to create a dedicated fan-base who will travel many miles to see them perform their cheerful blend of good-mood hard rock – many of whom made their way to the O2 Academy in Sheffield last week. Listening to Black Star Riders, I sometimes wonder if this is what Springsteen would have sounded like if he was Irish. Giving emerging bands a shot, Black Star Riders were supported by the fantastic Dirty Thrills from London, Bristol-based Tax The Heat, and Swedish...

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Steve Hill, One-Man Band Casts A Spell At Academy Islington

Being an opening act is always tricky. You never know what to expect or how many people will turn up early in the hope of some good music. And then there are venues like O2 Academy Islington, where I’ve seen great opening bands playing to an almost empty room. So if challenges are your kind of thing, top of the list would be a one-man band opening for rock veterans Wishbone Ash. But young Canadian one-man blues-rock machine Steve Hill is totally up for the challenge. Far from the mainstream, Hill does things his own way and, in a world where...

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Tears For Fears Sow The Seeds Of Love @ Royal Albert Hall

  Tears For Fears were superb last night at  the Royal Albert Hall in London. They opened the show with a recording of Lorde’s haunting new realisation of their own hit Everybody Wants To Rule The World, from the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, before appearing on stage to kick off the night with their own classic take on the song. Of course tonight was about their “comeback” and to headlining in their own right. After a massive tour in the US with Hall & Oates (sadly cut short by the death of Roland’s wife) and supporting The Killers (reportedly blowing them off...

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Otherkin Up Close & Personal

The garage rockers, Otherkin, continue to tear through 2017, setting stages alight with their own brand of adrenaline-pumping joyful chaos. Championed by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on his Beats1 radio show and having completed three UK tours this year – one headline, one with The Amazons and a third with punk legends the Dead Kennedys.   Otherkin are one of the most fun, gritty and absorbing new live acts around. They are always determined to put on a real show for you, often including stage diving, crowd surfing and lots of jumping around in general…oh and sweat! Their songs are...

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Photography: Victorious Festival 2017

It’s rather pleasant outside and whilst we’re still occasionally getting a whiff of Indian Summer, there’s no stopping the inevitable slide into rain, wind, gutters full of leaves and longer evenings. What better time then to hark back to images of three of the best days of weather and music that Summer 2017 had to offer: Victorious Festival. Of course, you don’t only go to the seaside for the sun, and Southsea’s 2017 Victorious Festival had arguably its finest ever line up this year. When the sun goes down, the party continues… …and the headliners come out to play....

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LeeFest The Neverland 2017 Photography

The sun shone over The Neverland as LeeFest welcomed a colourful crowd of mermaids, pirates and lost boys as well as internationally renowned and local up and coming artists for the 2017 incarnation. Friday headliner Jake Bugg closed the ever ethereal Bangerang stage with a diverse mix of folk love songs and pop anthems. Special guests Wild Beasts showcased their astounding vocal range with fan favourites and new tracks from their latest album Boy King. Earlier in the day Aussie born Berlin based Parcels brought their their funk-pop feel good tracks to the sun soaked John Darlings Farm, performing...

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Tonbridge Calling Festival, A PhotoStory

Hundreds turned out in the glorious sunshine for the second year of Tonbridge Calling Festival on Saturday 12 August. The free, unticketed  event was set within an open park and seamlessly run by a team of 40 volunteers. It was set up last year with the vision of bringing a message of  unity to the town and strengthening community spirit. A diverse array of sounds, rythyms and culinary delights was provided for all. The energetic Penge community samba reggae band Pengenista Drummers woke up the town with their vibrant Brazilian Bahia rhythms as they marched along the river to the...

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British Electric Foundation, A Photo Story At Rewind

Supergroups are one of a kind. In one place and on one stage, they offer you the chance to witness collaborations between the biggest musicians. Whether a tribute project or a band offering brand-new music, it’s always worth seeing what all-star groups have to offer. British Electric Foundation are one of the best and they should be. Having stormed the charts in the ’80s with performers like Tina Turner and the late great Billy Mackenzie, they bought all their electronic experience to  Sunday afternoon at Rewind The 80s Festival. The iconic group in full flight featuring the full Heaven 17 band...

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John Parr, Status Quo, Peter Hook & Other Great Photography Highlights at Rewind

British summer is well known for two things: unpredictable weather and the best festivals. So choosing the right festival experience can be crucial to keep your mood up during the downpours. Rewind The 80s gives you the opportunity to cruise through the decade with your smile in place, no matter the weather conditions. But it’s always good to have your waterproofs ready. Here are some of my personal highlights from the North edition of this year’s Festival writes Edyta Krzesak. I have to admit, two years ago when New Order were announced as headliners of The Other Stage at Glastonbury...

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Rewind North The 80s Festival 2017 Photography

Sometimes the best things in life start in an unexpected way. Imagine, you’re about to go to a festival, you’ve kept your ticket safely in your desk, and you’ve been getting excited as the date approaches. You pack your bags with the essentials: small stove, sleeping bag, waterproofs, clothes, and food. You’ve got your train ticket on your mobile, and you’re ready to go. Then your accommodation falls through. On the bright side, I discover this before setting off from London. But it’s the day of the festival, my train departs in 2 hours, and I have nowhere to stay....

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Photography: Y Not Festival 2017

On a wind and rain-battered weekend in the Derbyshire countryside, the masses gathered for a musical spectacle that most had been looking forward to for a long time. Strewn across eleven stages, artists were set to entertain and dazzle throughout the four day festival. Unlike all of the previous years, however, the festival had recently been sold and the new management company seemed to have been caught with their pants down when it came to running a festival in heavy rains. Consequently, many acts were cancelled, cut short, or moved to indoor stages and the festival was cancelled on...

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Photography ZZ Top & Extreme @ Ramblin’ Man Fair

Ramblin’ Man Fair, a showcase of classic rock, prog and blues is now in its third year and continues to go from strength to strength. This year’s two main headliners, Extreme and ZZ Top it’s fair to say stirred up conflicting emotions amongst the fan base – with some in the Ramblin’ Man community feeling that neither band truly reflected the nature of the event. Personally, I couldn’t disagree more strongly with this sentiment – but tastes vary. The two sets were both brilliantly performed and hugely enjoyable but served up very different lighting from a photographic perspective. Extreme was challenging to say...

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Photography: Truck Festival 2017

The twentieth edition of Truck Festival, held at Hill Farm, close to the sleepy village of Steventon in rural Oxfordshire boasted the finest lineup in the event’s history. From the metalcore of Bury Tomorrow to the pop punk of Roam to the indie pop rock of Superfood to the country twang of Catherine McGrath to the nostalgic sound of Franz Ferdinand and The Libertines, this TruckFest had it all. It also had rain, an awful lot of rain. But despite the best efforts of the British summer, Truck put smiles on faces wherever you looked. And so that was that: three days of rain, mud, slither and great...

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Photo Story: G L /\ S S M /\ P S

One of the hottest, most oppressive days in London this summer made a trip to visit Joel Stein in Brighton an even more appealing prospect. Little did I know, this visit with Joel, formerly of Howling Bells, and now performing solo as G L /\ S S M /\ P S, would be one of the silliest photo sessions I’ve had in ages. Having recently relocated to Brighton, Joel and his wife Sandra, who came along were great to hang out with and allayed any fears I may have had about the dreaded ‘awkward subject’ a common species when you shoot...

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Photography: bluedot Festival 2017

“Science has no frontier” – These words by Sir Bernard Lovell FRS are displayed on the wall of the Jodrell Bank Observatory, where each year nerds, geeks, music lovers, and people from all walks of life come together to celebrate the frontier-free nature of science and music at bluedot festival. With fun activities and science talks during the day and inspiring and jaw-droppingly good music in the afternoon and evenings, the festival catered to all in attendance. Throughout the weekend, everybody enjoyed the fantastic family-oriented atmosphere of a very special festival that not only opened our eyes to new...

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Photography: BST Hyde Park, Kings Of Leon Day

RockShot are attending a few of the dates at this years’ musical celebration within the confines of Hyde Park, the Barclaycard sponsored BST (British Summer Time). There are five stages on site, with a total of six afternoon/nights of live music – and a lineup that accommodates a wide variety of tastes. I attended the middle of our three outings; where the accent was firmly on alt-rock, with artists such as Deaf Havana, Pixies and headliners on the impressive Great Oak Stage, Kings Of Leon. You can read my full review of Kings Of Leon here. In summary: great band, great music,...

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Photography: The Lesser Known Face Of Glastonbury

Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is one of the biggest music and cultural open-air events worldwide. With over 100 stages, various areas, from Kidz Field through to the Pyramid Stage and from Field Of Avalon to Silver Hayes and thousands of tents, it is a unique place where everyone has their own story to tell. This one is mine. Glastonbury as seen by my eyes, or to be exact with my camera lenses. I remember when I first got my Glastonbury ticket three years ago and tried to get as much information about the Festival ahead. Overexcited, trying to plan where...

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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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Photography: William The Conqueror @ The Borderline

Indie-Americana trio William The Conqueror were captured live by Edyta K at The Borderline in London. They have recently announced the release of their debut album Proud Disturber Of The Peace via Loose on 4 August 2017. They are joining a roster of esteemed label mates including Courtney Marie Andrews, Sturgill Simpson and The Handsome Family. Listen to their first single called In My Dreams. Coming from the coast of Cornwall, multi-instrumentalists Ruarri Joseph, Harry Harding and Naomi Holmes channel classic blues and singer-songwriter influences through a grunge/indie filter drawing influences from bands and artists as diverse as The Doors, Ryan Adams...

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Photography: THØSS @ Electric Ballroom

  UK singer/songwriter THØSS has shared his first effort of the year, Work Is A Four Letter Word. The track blends soulful vocals with punctuated bass lines and bluesy guitar chops to create an evocative soundscape that fits perfectly with the personal nature of the lyrics. Speaking about the song, THØSS stated: “Work Is A Four Letter Word came from the realisation that working a menial job provided me with a sense of worth, a liniment of sorts. I was flipping hot dogs and feeling better about my place in the world.“ THØSS was captured live at Electric Ballroom by...

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Photography: Royal Blood @ Corn Exchange Cambridge

Hot on the heels of the announcement that their eagerly anticipated second album How Did We Get So Dark? will be released on June 16th and the unveiling of lead single Lights Out, Royal Blood build on that momentum with the confirmation of a series of intimate shows in support of the album. Here they are captured live by Lucy Kingsford at Corn Exchange in Cambridge on 17th May 2017. These dates are the first UK headline shows since March 2015, run alongside their previously announced summer festival dates which include Glastonbury, The Governors Ball, Summer Sonic, Lollapalooza and the Eden...

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Photography: Oumou Sangaré, The Songbird of Wassoulou

Photographed by Edyta K at a sold out concert at Village Underground in London, Malian singer & songwriter Oumou Sangaré is captured in all her beauty and glory in the clean and clear light at the club. Normally, Oumou Sangaré will be selling out concerts at The Royal Festival Hall,  Barbican or WOMAD so it was a real treat to see her so up close and personal. Photography bt Edyta K of Oumou Sangaré @ Village Underground, London, May 2017  ...

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Photography: Joe Bonamassa @ Royal Albert Hall

Joe Bonamassa – two-time Grammy-award nominated guitarist and vocalist – does not need an introduction. This year he is back in the UK to promote his twelfth studio album Blues Of Desperation. The album was recorded in just five days in Nashville’s Grand Victorian Sound Studios (previously known as RCA Studio A) under the watchful eyes of Bonamassa’s longtime producer Kevin Shirley along with drummers Anton Fig & Greg Morrow, bassist Michael Rhodes and keyboardist Reese Wynans.  This combo is a simple recipe for success. As expected, Bonamassa’s new proposal is the kind of material that redefines the blues-rock genre. Blues Of Desperation appears to be...

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Photography: Hothouse Flowers @ Electric Ballroom

Hothouse Flowers were photographed at the Electric Ballroom by Simon Reed, you can see the live review here: https://rockshot.co.uk/25189/live-hothouse-flowers-the-electric-ballroom/           Hothouse Flowers were live at The Electric Ballroom on Saturday 18th March 2017. Photography by Simon Reed...

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Photography: Moon Duo @ Heaven

Photographer Rachel Lipsitz went along to Moon Duo on Friday and got these exclusive pictures from their gig the cult London venue Heaven.   Moon Duo hail from Portland, Oregon and have made four albums so far. They have recently put together a BBC 6Music playlist and played live on the Lauren Laverne show. A lot of the recent attention that has been focused on them is because of this great track, Creepin....

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Photography: Kaiser Chiefs @ O2 Arena, London

So,  2016 might be a quiet period in the Kaiser Chiefs camp but after they released their sixth studio album that silent time came to an end. Although they’re still seen as an indie band, that last album Stay Together is much more on the pop side of a scale than the previous production Education, Education & War. The show at O2 Arena brings out the best and the most awaited songs from band’s first two albums Employment and Yours Truly, Angry, Mob mixed well with the new material. Ricky energy goes out and beyond the stage taking fans on the greatest hits ride....

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Photography: Green Day Live

Californian rockers Green Day returned to the UK for their first shows since 2013, rounding out this first leg with an mammoth, incendiary 30-song set at London’s O2 Arena. Here is some of the great photography from the night. The rock trio, supported by an extended band, opened the night with 21st Century Breakdown lead single Know Your Enemy. A fan was pretty much immediately pulled up on stage to sing with the frontman before reluctantly stage-diving into the crowd. Armstrong motioning to the fan to take her running leap of faith. Bassist Mike Dirnt shared front of stage with frontman Billie...

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Photography: Glenn Hughes @ Church Leeds

In a very emotional show, dedicated to his late mother, Glenn Hughes showed the audience who made it to Church in Leeds on a school night, why he is the rock legend that he is. Transporting the audience right through the decades, Glenn and his fantastic band, comprised of guitarist Søren Andersen, drummer Pontus Engborg, and keyboardist Jay Boe, enthralled the audience with a wonderful blend of slow blues and heavy rock tunes. Hughes was supported by emerging newcomers Stone Broken, who are on a very steep trajectory to stardom, having recently been added to the Download Festival line-up....

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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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Festival: Bilbao BBK Live 2017. The Killers, Depeche Mode, Phoenix and Two Door Cinema Club to headline

It’s that time again! That time when the excitement starts to build up for next summer even before Christmas is upon us and the year is out. BBK Live have confirmed another stellar initial line-up for 2017’s 12th edition. The Basque festival, set in the Kobetamendi hills above the city of Bilbao enjoyed an awesome line-up in 2016 including the likes of Arcade Fire, Pixies, Foals and Tame Impala. 2017 is set to raise the game again with Las Vegas rockers The Killers and South African rap-rave outfit Die Antwoord added to a line-up already featuring 1980’s English electronic...

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Live: Chase & Status @ Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace started filling up with red-lit smoke just seconds before Saul Milton aka Chase, Will Kennard aka Status, MC Rage and drummer Andy Gangadeen appeared on stage. I expected the venue to be busy but wasn’t at all prepared for how rammed it actually was. Ten thousand people gathered in one of the most iconic venues in London on Saturday 26th of November. They all came to see one of their favourite bands – they all came to see the world famous Chase & Status, the excitement and the party-like anticipation were palpable. MC Rage welcomed the crowd letting...

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Photography: The Temperance Movement, Acoustic Live.

The Temperance Movement live acoustic……So, an announcement at the end of November that the band would shortly be playing a series of three stripped back acoustic shows in small venues in London, Manchester and Glasgow was met with considerable excitement and fans rushed to obtain tickets for what might well be the last opportunity to see the band in this guise. The first of these shows was at Bush Hall (a treat in itself) in West London and I was fortunate enough to be there…read more here: https://rockshot.co.uk/23431/live-the-temperance-movement-acoustic-bush-hall/ Photography by Simon Reed. The Temperance Movement at Bush Hall 2nd December...

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