11 – 13 JUNE 2010 – DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL, DONNINGTON, UK

I’ve just been on an exciting journey with Godsized who played to the largest amount of people in their career so far, opening the 2nd Stage for the Saturday – a tent capacity of 5,000 people. Exhausted, still slightly damp from the torrential rain on the way home I write this. We arrived and set up camp on Friday early afternoon and wandered around the festival to check out the stage that they would be playing, got some drinks and had a very chilled out afternoon while the boys prepared themselves for the morning. We enjoyed AC/DC’s set and got a relatively early night. We did wonder exactly how many people would grace the 2nd stage hung-over at 11am the morning, especially after the show that AC/DC put on! Everyone woke to alarms (yes alarms at a festival) at about 7:30am as the guys had to showered and be at the stage for 9am to get their gear set up and sound checked. I followed shortly after and took a walk to the tent. This is what it looked like at 10am. Deserted! As the noise started emanating while they were sound checking, people started appearing from nowhere…The delay in […]

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 […]

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, […]