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 […]