Posts Tagged ‘Festival Photography’

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I missed the Massive Wagons set owing to commitments with Chrome Molly, though arrived back at the side of the stage just as the band were finishing. Not to be outdone I grabbed this one image at the very end of their set.

Oddly, people who have seen this image think its superb and whilst I’m happy with capturing the scissor kick, IMO the image would be far better had I been square on to the stage.

That’s one short entry lol.

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Hand Of Dimes were next up on the bill and though I was not entirely up to speed on either the band or their music I thoroughly enjoyed their set.

The band were down one member and had brought in a rock guitar legend, from my youth, for the day. Oh yes Mr Bruce John Dickinson of Little Angels Fame was to be found setting up his infamous “Eat My Dust” Gibson guitar backstage and was kindly posing for pics too. I politely asked for one too, for which he pleasantly obliged. Many a band could learn a thing or too from the likes of Bruce.

The set was excellent and I would say that I captured my favourite image of the day and possibly to date too. Bruce just looked straight at me, smiled and I took the shot.

The Band –

Neville MacDonald, Neil Garland, Colin Edwards, Mark Maybry, David Stephenson.

Substitute guitarist for Stonedeaf – Bruce John Dickinson

Find them Here – Hand Of Dimes

Pics –

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And that favourite of the day……….

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So Stonedeaf was also my first main festival as a photographer. As Chrome Molly were my reason for being there and, also being a fan of the band, gave this a nice buzz for me.

Now being a band photographer has an added advantage to the other photographers at any gig as you get to shoot the entire set, whilst they only get three songs to capture their images. If you ever wonder why some artists seem to produce exclusive live photographic images its because they save particular poses or stunts purely for their in house team or chosen photographer.

Chrome Molly had no such intentions of selective imagery and gave the same 100%, as did all the bands on the day, from the first bars of the first song. I was just lucky in having that additional time to pick out images and clearly the back stage / pre set preparations. The whole thing was over in a heartbeat and we were soon backstage, with a cold one or two, discussing the set.

This isn’t a review, though I continued to capture things for them until they finally went on their way. At this point I was lucky enough to have been given an all access pass so decided to shoot a few other bands too.

Chrome Molly are –

Steve Hawkins, John Foottit, Andy Barrott, Nic Wastell & Greg Ellis.

Find them here – Chrome Molly

Pics –

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The all new Stonedeaf Festival.

Edit – The Stonedeaf Festival is now currently known as the Stonedead Festival. After the success of the 2019 event someone claimed copyright on the Stonedeaf name etc.

Held at Newark Showground, this one day rock festival has emerged owing to the beliefs that all too many festivals have now become just corporate monsters. I’m inclined to agree that the good old one day, one stage festival worked well and indeed allowed you to enjoy everything on offer. Whereas some current festivals can have multiple stages, with multiple bands playing at once, the whole Stonedeaf ethos was one stage with one band playing. It’s horrible being at a festival and having to choose which band to miss, when stage times clash. To then find that the small tent, housing that chosen band band, is at capacity is even more demoralising not only to your brain but your wallet.

So this new one day, one stage festival kicks off with quite a statement by showcasing a band effectively chosen by the public. Any band can put their name forward for this opening slot, with just a few minimum requirements set by the organisers. From several rounds of online voting the final few bands are then scrutinised by the organisers and a winner is chosen.

The first band onstage and winners of the public vote were Newcastle rockers Fallen Mafia. Led by. almost powerful female vocalist, they certainly had the passion, musical skills and presence to win over the fledgling crowd. Not only did they win fans, via an excellent set, they also have the accolade of being the first ever band to play at Stonedeaf.

Although there for Chrome Molly, we had driven round to the stage and I grabbed a few images of the Fallen Mafia set, whilst the lads met up with the stage manager and others involved with the stage production.

Fallen Mafia are –

Hannah Neil – Vocals
Chris Johnson – Guitar/Backing Vocals
Stephen Hope – Guitar
Jack Martin – Bass
Adas Cowan – Drums

Find them here – Fallen Mafia

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I had the privilege of being at this event, in the capacity of photographer, to capture the Wayward Sons Set. It also allowed me to capture some of the other bands on stage too. This is not only good for the portfolio yet, as I found out, also good for networking with other photographers and indeed bands too.

The drive to North Wales was uneventful and as smooth as I could have hoped, arriving around lunch time on the Friday. Booking in and getting laminates was pleasantly easy and the staff were absolutely superb. Odd events have a big “I Am” around who likes you to know it & its really not necessary at all when I’ve found 99% of the bands to be fully approachable and chatty.

The event as a whole went superbly and I met some really nice individuals, some of whom I will be staying in contact with. Photography wise it was a doddle. I had unprecedented access to the band, the entire pit to myself after the first three songs had been completed, and with proper stage lighting I was able to shoot at decent resolutions too.

The Wayward Sons set was superb and they are really starting to gel as a band. The sound was tight and had the entire audience bouncing along with them for the duration. One minor blip was an amp giving up, though that was replaced in just a couple of minutes allowing them to continue. This band can and should go places in the coming year. They certainly deserve to on the album and performances to date.

Not too much on the side of images, as those of you who read this blog will know I have a gentleman’s agreement over images for Wayward Sons. I am however popping a couple from Friday’s headline set on here. Dee Snider, of Twisted Sister, played with his solo band which was a big moment for me. Absolutely loved him in TS all those years ago in my teens yet never managed to see them live. Access to the photography pit and he’s on, see’s me standing there for that first three song opportunity.

Things rounded off drinking a few beers with WS at the after show, kipping on a settee in the bands chalet, followed by an early rising and the long drive back home.

As an experience of work this was fantastic, as an experience of a small festival it was superb and for interaction with other gig photographers it was also fabulous. I just love this side of work and though it pays peanuts I’ll be continuing to slot the gigs in where I can.

Can’t show a Wayward Sons pic so how about an artistically focussed image? I’ve started doing this so I can at least pop something on here rather than repeating the small montage.

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The legend that is Dee Snider

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And you just have to love it when a band member poses for you.

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Another image of mine, taken at the Let’s Rock Leeds festival, being used by Mr Mark Shaw of band Then Jerico. The blurred hand is deliberate as I’d slowed my shutter speed hoping to capture his movement a little more, which this image does.

Always nice to see as I see so many ‘live music’ images from alleged ‘Pro Photographers’ which is simply appalling. You can certainly see why a small selection of certain photographers are always used by the big bands for their promotional work. Sadly even the dire photographers continue to be used within a genre that seems locked out to new talent.

I think the words ‘Exposure Triangle’ would confuse many of the alleged pro’s other than that top tier I referred to.

Jerico