Hello hello! I’m back from my two month adventure in the USA and have so many photos to share from my travels but first, let’s catch up on some of the shoots I did before I went away. I’m totally thrilled with how my Gabrielle Aplin feature for Guitar & Bass magazine turned out – especially as it was shot on the day of tube & train strikes and much travel drama! After a horrendous four hour coach journey and a further hour walking across London in the baking hot sunshine carrying all my gear, I made it to the fabulously shabby Wilton’s Music Hall. What a location! Slightly wonky and faded but still glamorous with carved balconies and sparkling string lights. The feature is now online so check out the Guitar & Bass interview with Gabrielle Aplin here for lots more gear pictures and rundown of her live rig.
The final day of Download I had a traffic nightmare getting in and ended up jumping out of the car and running the length of the festival site, through the mud and straight into the photo pit for H.E.A.T, thankfully catching them with two songs to go – not bad going! I also shot Von Hertzen Brothers, Tremonti, Blackberry Smoke, Godsmack, Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators (Frank gave me some picks but sadly they have not improved my playing!), Eagles of Death Metal, Lamb of God (nosebleeds ahoy – that is some heavy metal!) and KISS. Check out DAY ONE and DAY TWO for more photo highlights.
I was still buzzing from DAY ONE of Download, so even though Saturday was a right downpour and I bloody hate the rain, I was having such an awesome time I couldn’t grumble. I loved every soggy, noisy, crazy minute of it! Wellies on, ear plugs in and hood up all day long. I even had to break out mini rain jackets for my cameras! I shot Ace Frehley, Testament (YEAH!), Motionless In White, Dub War (keeping it Newport!), Black Star Riders, Marilyn Manson & Muse. Testament were totally the highlight for me today. I also had a lovely baked potato!
Download Festival is my photo happy place and I miss it terribly! I love the wall of noise, the constant busyness running for the backstage bus between shows, the heart bouncing rumble of the bass in the photo pit, the atmosphere (metal crowds are always the friendliest), the buzz of activity in the press room and of course, the privilege of catching at least three songs up close from some truly awesome bands. As someone who could almost never see the stage at concerts, photography was the perfect career choice! Once again I was shooting for a guitar magazine (Guitar & Bass) so the emphasis was very much on the guitarists but even if you’re not gear obsessed, I hope you enjoy my highlights from Friday’s bands. I shot Blues Pills, The Cadillac Three, Thunder, Judas Priest, Black Stone Cherry and Slipknot. More photos coming tomorrow!
A couple of months ago I was up in Birmingham photographing California Breed as they supported Slash with Myles Kennedy at the LG Arena. Here are a few of my favourite shots of Glenn Hughes making a whole lot of noise back on black country home soil!