Wednesday, 4 May 2016

SKAM and Massive Wagons, Off Yer Rocka On The Road Tour, Leicester O2 Academy 2, 28th April 2016

It's shocking to think that it's now May and I've only just shot my first gig of year. Having had a pretty bad spell of vertigo since around Christmas, I've missed out on photographing some of my favourite bands and it's only been in the last couple of months that the dizziness has eased and I don't constantly feel like I'm going to fall over

After battling some horrendous traffic on the way into Leicester, we arrived at the venue just as Screaming Eagles were finishing their explosive set. I've been wanting to see the Northern Irish band for a couple of years now, and even few songs I saw proved worth the wait.  In between taking swigs from  a bottle of Buckfast (mon the Bucky!) charismatic frontman Chris Fry, had the audience in the palm of his hand as he conducted joyful sing-a-longs to songs such as "Rock N Roll Soul." 

Massive Wagons launched into their set with a ferocity much like being hit in the face with a shovel. Lead by hyperactive showman Baz Mills, the band aired some tracks from new album "Welcome To 
The World," which was released the following day, with riffs as infectious as their grins onstage. 

The lighting for SKAM was horrendous for at least the first three numbers and was hit and miss for the rest of the set, not that anyone apart from the photographers would have noticed. Bouyed by their hometown crowd, SKAM gave us a high-octane show and debuted four songs from their upcoming concept album.

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Massive Wagons


Sunday, 20 December 2015

The Darkness & The River 68s, Bristol O2 Academy, 13th Dec 2015

Shot for Dalle APRF. 

This THE most packed gig I've ever seen at Bristol Academy - and a very welcome return to The Darkness in theSouth West, having last played Bath Pavillion in 2013. 

The River 68's had their blues drenched harmonies ringing through the venue, warming the audience with their summery West Coast melodies. 

Strutting on stage fully suited and booted, The Darkness ripped into 'Barbarian,' the explosive first single from their latest album "The Last of Our Kind," with their own lighting rig in full force and didn't slow down. 

Ever the charismatic showman, Justin Hawkins admitted that he'd never been so ill during a show, not that it dampened his performance any - in his impressive black and white striped suit, he cut a figure quite similar to Freddie Mercury. 

I've loved The Darkness since they first burst of Lowestoft in 2003, and could resist the chance to capture them in action. Welcome back lads, hopefully see you up the Steelhouse mountain! 

The River 68's

The Darkness

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Priest Unleashed - A Tribute to Judas Priest, The Fleece, Bristol 12/09/15

Supporting AC/DC tribute band, Hells Bells - Priest Unleashed were firing on all cylinders as they played to a packed Saturday night crowd, in a very sticky floored Fleece.

Fully decked out in leather and studs, the band stormed through a classic hits set with charisma to rival the proper band.

If you're in the South West and fancy a great night of metal, check out the band on Facebook for gig info near you: