THE BLACK CRUSADE, LONDON – UK

The Monday after the weekend before. I’m feeling a little under the weather as everything has caught up with me. 2 shows with Machine Head and a fistful of memories. Saturday I went along and met up with The Frontliners and some of the Machine Head crew. I didn’t’ have a ticket or pass but we managed to buy a spare that someone had and I watched from the highest point of Brixton Academy. As I was rocking out I spotted someone at the corner of my eye that was really familiar. After the show I went backstage to say hi to Machine Head who heard I was at the venue. They invited me to the after show at Sin club. Machine Head would meet us there and we would catch the tube. As we are walking along the oh-so familiar face walking with us was the guy that was standing beside me with his wife. It was Colin Richardson – best known for recording many Machine Head albums, Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold and more. We get chatting and he told me stories of being out in LA with Machine Head and dodging bullets on the way to the recording studio […]

ALICE COOPER AT WEMBLEY

This show took me full circle as my first introduction that I can remember to rock music. At the age of 10, I watched Top of the Pops to see this man with long hair and makeup surrounded by his band rocking out on guitars to a song called ‘Poison’. I loved it and wanted to hear more. Stood in a photo pit 18 years later about to take Alice Cooper’s pictures was something I would have never imagined possible. Terrorizer Magazine really had no idea how much being booked for this meant to me. Before Alice Cooper was Joan Jett and Motorhead. A line up not to be messed with really. Such talent. Unfortunately at Wembley they have a policy whereby if you don’t have a ticket, you can’t stay for the show. A Photo pass doesn’t count. So everyone was escorted out. I got chatting to the security and they ended up giving me a wristband so I could go in for the show and they put my camera in a secure room until after the show. Nice eh!! Right at the front by the barrier I watched in awe of a great performer and stage show. They […]

16 – 18 AUGUST – BLOODSTOCK, DERBY – UK

A busy busy festival! Arriving the day before Showtime with the unsigned stage crew we had our own party on Wednesday after setting up the stage and rigging. Here’s the rest of the festival in brief as I was so busy on Main Stage, some Unsigned stage bands, backstage and the signing tent – a crazy time! Thursday – Photographed: Head On, Firewind, Kiuas and Testament live Signings – Chris Slade and Testament After I had photographed Testament’s first 3 songs I went back to Head-On’s dressing room and they were already drinking. Things got a bit crazy and the guys decided to feed Ross (the bass player) random things and I filmed it: VIDEO The night just got worse after that. Mark ended up being seen to by a paramedic as he wrestled someone to the ground badly and injured his hand. They drank vodka through their eyes and photographed each other going to the loo. HAHA. Friday – I was a bit knackered from the late night/early morning’s shenanigans. Got out of the tent to find the guys from Forever Never had arrived and I would be taking their pics after I have had breakfast and a damn […]

THRASH NIGHT, LIVERPOOL – UK

Exhausted! From a night of absolute mayhem. To Liverpool and back to London again in less than 24 hours for Earache Records ‘Thrash Night’ that was filmed for a DVD release. In short (as i can’t even string a sentence together properly) I went with Talita and Louise, many interviews with Evile and Municipal Waste, fan pictures, promo pictures. Then the live show which was SO brutal I just about managed to escape with my camera intact and almost all of my dignity. I had a decapitated pigs head shoved in my face by SSS got soaked in beer and ate a Burger King. Louise and I were so tired on the way home we listened to Heart 106.2 on the radio or something and sang along to cheesy songs. That didn’t stop Louise from filling up with petrol at the station halfway home with the radio AND the engine on!! That’s how tired we were. Pictures speak a thousand words. Here we go…

13TH – 15TH JULY 2007, GUILFEST, UK

A real mix of a festival, being quite family orientated so I secured the Rock Sound Tent for the few days and just focussed on that. Lovely weather and a great vibe, the Rock Sound tent was always busy in the day and absolutely rammed in the evenings. I met up with a few photographer friends and we chilled in the “backstage” area (being some rolled up mats and a little peace and quiet. A few of the bands on the bill I was looking forward to photograph. One band wasn’t on this particular stage, good friends of mine – Sym-Choon – they were on the 2nd stage so I whizzed over to them to photograph their set. Other than that; great friends Sennah, Exit Ten and Orange Goblin were at the Rocksound stage. To sum up the weekend I’ve made a montage of each day’s favourite shots I took. The colours are as vibrant as the festival was – that’s the best way I can describe it. A real buzz and I’d happily photograph there again. But definitely just the Rock stage I think.

22 – 24 JUNE, HELLFEST, CLISSON – FRANCE

My first festival abroad and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, gathering my thoughts on my return I have learnt a lot about culture, language barriers and myself. Setting off from Stansted Airport, London the weather was beautiful. Talita, Rachel and I were all in high spirits and even met some UK festival go-ers on the plane! We land in France and the weather is blustery and threatening. We were met by JP one of Talita’s friends and were taken to the festival location to meet the crew and set up the press area. Nicely decorated with decking, funky lights and felt floor decorations – the art guys there did a very good job. It was a shame that in the next hour it would all be totally ruined. With torrential rain, in a matter of moments, the place was flooded. Talita, Rachel and I had to pull up all the felt decorations and sweep the water out of the press area to save the electric cables that were running for the laptops etc. The French were not happy. Rachel and I have no idea what they said, but Talita tried to appease them while they shouted and pointed, […]

8 -10 JUNE, DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, DONNINGTON – UK

Just a few days after getting back from my trip to Belgium for Machine Head, my friend Cindy was to join me in the UK for a trip to Donnington racetrack near Derby for the UK festival of the year – Download. We hadn’t sorted where to stay or how to get home; we only knew we would be travelling there with my friend’s friend. But that didn’t stop us. Friday – We arrived and put our luggage in Silverstein’s dressing room with the hope of securing a place to sleep during the course of the day and took a wander around the site. I found this super cool trike and insisted getting on to have a picture! I got to photograph Bloodsimple from the photo pit and also side stage. We hung out a little after their set. I was introduced to a guy called Mike Gitter from America. He was really cool and we watched Bring me the Horizon as he hadn’t seen them before from side stage for all of about 2 seconds and then he decided he had enough haha. We went back to Silverstein’s dressing room to chill for a bit and I noticed that […]

MACHINE HEAD IN BELGIUM

My first ever pro band photo shoot with my favourite band. You can imagine my excitement. I travelled on the Eurostar to stay with my friend Cindy and as I arrived, first stop was a drive to the tattoo shop. I had said to myself that when I work with a band I would get a tattoo to commemorate. Not an actual band tattoo, but one that would remind me personally of the experience. I went to see Cindy’s friend at Tattoo Mike with a Fleur de Lys design that I really liked. Funny thing was I didn’t realise the significance of the Fleur de Lys. It’s the symbol for Lille – where I arrived on the Eurostar. That was a bonus for me. Shortly after my tattoo was done, we would get ready to go to the venue for the photo shoot and show. I was slightly nervous and excited. Lamb of God were there and walking past to catering saying “hey” every time. Very friendly guys. I had never heard them before and was looking forward to the whole show. As we sat waiting, there was a lady that went up to Cindy and spoke in Dutch, I […]