Tag: 2017.

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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Victorious Festival 2017, Three Days of Southsea Sunshine

I am local to Portsmouth, and I admit that I became slightly concerned before attending my third Victorious Festival. Victorious refuses to stop growing. It engulfs the entire city, with stages on the southernmost coast, and a new campsite on Portsmouth’s northernmost border. With victory after victory (just thought I would get the references to being ‘victorious’ out of the way), it felt as though it might disastrously shut down Portsmouth for the bank holiday. Perhaps that is destined to happen one year, but the strongest line-up yet spearheaded by Madness, Stereophonics and Elbow, along with abnormally gorgeous weather, made...

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Live: Ramblin’ Man Fair Festival 2017

Ramblin’ Man Fair, the festival run by Spirit Of Rock that celebrates the best in classic rock, prog, blues and country is now in its third year. Whilst Download has strayed into pop punk territory and Bloodstock books bands with comical names (Infected Dead, anyone?) the Ramblin’ Man focus is on an altogether more relaxed and ‘grown up’ weekend. It’s the festival where you’re more likely to find a mosh pit in the queue for an ice cream than you are down the front. And this means that it’s a really inclusive, friendly and welcoming place to be. This...

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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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Live: Truck Festival 2017

One of the UK’s finest small festivals, Truck, has just had its twentieth birthday – and the site at Hill Farm, near the Oxfordshire village of Steventon celebrated in style with a guest list that belied the ‘small’ festival moniker. Boasting headliners Franz Ferdinand, The Libertines and The Vaccines on the main Truck Stage, plus a significant undercard and some of the brightest new talent around on the other six live music stages, there surely was something for everyone – and if you preferred your music to be DJ led, the Palm City arena with another two stages pumped...

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LeeFest The Neverland: What To Expect 2017

Possibly the most fun you can have in a field and with as much going on, in this smaller festival, as WOMAD or Glastonbury. I have attended many LeeFest weekends and witnessed the growth of the festival from ultra-DIY to beautifully produced sets and backdrops. There is always haybales, glitter, frisbee and powder-paint. LeeFest Presents The Neverland is an immersive world that prides itself on attention to detail and fun. You might discover your home with the Mermaids of Mermaids Lagoon, the Pirates at Skull Ridge or join the Lost Boys in The Neverwoods. You are definitely encouraged to...

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Live: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers @ BST Hyde Park, London

British Summer Time at Hyde Park reached it crescendo with the ‘double header’ of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and special guest Steve Nicks on the final Sunday of the event. The Heartbreakers, once regular visitors in the 70s and 80s, appearing in the UK for only the third time in twenty years. Starting the evening sets on the Great Oak Stage, at an ear bleeding volume, is LA guitar band The Shelters.  A trio of classic rockabillies front the stage, taunting the crowd, “Are you ready to rock ‘n’ roll?”  For such a rowdy offer they play surprisingly sophisticated but jangly...

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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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Live: Kings Of Leon @ BST Hyde Park

You learn something every day. Today I learned that carrying a step ladder and camera rucksack on the London underground in the rush hour when it’s thirty degrees outside is something to be avoided at all costs. I had the rucksack because I was en route to photograph Nashville rootsy garage four-piece turned anthemic stadium rock band Kings Of Leon. I had the step ladder because I’d heard rumours that the stage at BST Hyde Park was higher than Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. Sadly, the rumours turned out to be true. At around eight-thirty, the Followhill brothers and cousin...

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Feature: Taking A Family To Glastonbury Festival

While Glastonbury Festival 2016 might not have had the torrential downpours and rivers of mud the festival makes the headlines for, the festival site was certainly waterlogged leaving the festival one of the muddiest in memory. Everywhere was damp and there were very distinct types of mud, from the soothing diarrhoea-consistency mud that made it quite easy to float through, the heavy sticky stuff that was the new home to many a welly alongside the massive puddles of mud that were best to steer clear of altogether. And as my then six-month pregnant wife re-inserted her foot into a...

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Live: Foo Fighters @ Glastonbury Festival 2017

American stadium rockers Foo Fighters were finally confirmed for that historic first Pyramid Stage headline slot at Glastonbury Festival 2015, closing out Friday night, with Kanye West taking Saturday night and legends The Who closing the stage on Sunday. And then the unthinkable happened. Just weeks before that career-defining headline slot, frontman Dave Grohl took a misstep on stage while the group played a massive show in Gothenburg, Sweden and broke his leg. While Grohl returned to the Ullevi Stadium stage to continue the show, albeit sat in a chair, the rest of the group’s summer shows including that...

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Festival: Ramblin’ Man Fair With Saxon, ZZ Top, Rival Sons, Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Ramblin’ Man Fair, the festival celebrating the best in classic rock, prog, country and blues music returns to the beautiful Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent from 28 to 30 July. The park is one of the largest in South East England with more than 450 acres of mature parkland and a 30-acre lake. With multiple travel links via train (Ashford International, Maidstone East and Maidstone West in close proximity) and road (with three park and rides available around Maidstone). The festival site is also perfect for European festival goers with easy links to the London airports, Eurostar via Ashford...

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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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Festival: Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2017

Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Laura Mvula And The Jacksons Amongst Star Acts Set To Descend On East Sussex For Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2017 Just three weeks remain until this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex for a three-day event jam packed with performances from a diverse cross section of jazz, soul and pop talent. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, the festival will run from June 30th – July 2nd and will present performances from over fifty acts across five stages including Herbie Hancock, Gregory Porter,...

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Rock Show: Roger Hodgson at Royal Albert Hall 2017

Last night RockShot Magazine attended the first of two nights in the company of Roger Hodgson (‘the voice of Supertramp‘) currently being played at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The show was a sell out and Roger delighted the audience with many of his solo works, plus of course a healthy selection from the Supertramp back catalogue. The full review of the show will follow shortly but suffice it to say that an evening with Roger Hodgson is one not to be missed for anybody with even a passing interest in the music of Supertramp. The instantly recognisable tunes are...

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January 2017 Vision Playlist

Dutch Uncles, Nadine Khouri, Israel Nash, Young Romance, Punctual, Migos, Nightlife, Red Faces, Alison Krauss, All Them Witches, Broken Forest, Taos Himm. Alex Maxwell, Parcels, Rotten Hill Gang, Tempers all on the RockShot Mag January Vision Playlist...

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