Sunday evening found me at Gloucester Rugby Club and the Lionel Ritchie concert. It was and he was absolutely awesome. The guy is so professional, so polished, I could not fault his performance one little bit. And even if he had made a mistake it would have been forgotten. Within seconds of him being on stage the audience were up out of their seats dancing. And of course I love Lionel Ritchie’s music ever since I first heard him in the Commodores back in the 70’s. Like I say an awesome performance.
Was there any down side. Well yes. Firstly the rain, it poured it down. So on some of the images it is not dust on the lens it is raining so hard it is captured on the image. Even that wasn’t so bad. The real downer was that all the photographers were walked off the premises once we had shot the first three songs. I would have loved to have stayed for all of the concert but the management would not let us. Why? Well at a previous L.R. concert (Cannock Chase I think) the photographers were allowed to stay. Unfortunately one idiot (and there is always one) went into the audience and continued to shoot. I wont go into what happened to him as it is not clear but the result was that management now walks photographers out the pit and out the venue. I can understand why and would do the same. It s just disappointing when you get idiot photographers who do not know how to behave ruin it for the rest of us.
That apart it was AWESOME
Just a very small selection from the 1000’s of images I took at this years Wychwood Music Festival in Cheltenham over the weekend.
It was a roaring success as it is every year and I really enjoyed myself. Lots of images uploaded to my agency, lots of fun and lots of interesting people.
I was also chuffed to bits as I got to meet Craig Charles and he signed one of my images of him from a previous year at Wychwood and he genuinely liked it. I also got Pauline Black from The Selector to sign a print I made of her from a previous gig.
Wychwood is a really good family friendly festival. It isn’t so big it is a problem but big enough to attract decent named acts and huge crowds, all of which were and are very well behaved.
All in all for me a very good weekend.
Years and Years gave a very polished and entertaining performance to a sold out concert at The Swindon Oasis last night. Good music and good to photograph. I messed up by miss counting the first three songs and security had to ask me to leave the pit but to be honest sometimes you are so busy focused on what you are doing you don’t always notice how many songs have been played. My apologies to anybody that I affected.
Good evenings entertainment and I can understand why they are winning lots and lots of awards.
Danish Electro Pop singer and performer Karen Marie Orsted performed a stunning set as the support act for Years and Years at the Swindon Oasis venue. She was very very good and interacted with the audience really well and she was (or appeared to be) quite happy me being up close to take images.
I would definitely go and see her again.
Well I have not posted on here for quite a while. Problem is I have been really busy. I spent a few days at The Wychwood Music Festival in Cheltenham which was really really good. On the Sunday I ran the Brecon off road half marathon which turned out to be 16 miles. It was really enjoyable however and I came 4th so pretty pleased with myself.
I then spent three days at Westonbirt music events, then 3 days in Bristol at Summer Session music festival. I was also trying to train hard as well as all this as I have my big challenge in July and want to do well at that.
So here are the first set of images. Paloma Faith at Westonbirt.
She was of course brilliant.
On Tuesday I had the pleasure of being part of the photo shoot of Dreamboats and Miniskirts which took place at Carry on Vintage in the Brunel shopping centre. What lovely people they were as well. So helpful and did everything they were asked to do. It was fun. Then last night (Friday) I went to see the show at The Wyvern. Wow, it is was really really good. Two and a half hours of 60’s music was great. But more than that all of the cast looked as though they were really enjoying themselves. Which to be honest I would if I were them. It was more like a party and clearly they put heart and soul into it.
I for one (well actually all the audience did) really enjoyed it and congratulate the cast and production crew as well, the sound and lighting was just great.
Friday the 20th June I spent a very pleasant couple of hours over at Westonbirt where Little Mix were performing. It was a lovely warm summers evening, very refined and well behaved audience and remarkably good music/performance. Not my sort of thing but very good never the less.
La Chiva Gantiva
Well if you have read my tweets you will know how impressed I was with these guys. They were unbelievable. If you like Afro, Columbian, Funk, Latin and a bit of Rock you just have to check these guys out. Talk about energy, jeez, I thought I was ok running and cycling most days but these guys beat me. They just didnt stop. The music was brilliant and they were sooo entertaining to watch.
Excellent stuff check them out.
Swindon band A Way With Words opened up the main stage at the Wychwood Music Festival a 3 day festival in Cheltenham celebrating Music, food, drink and everything else.
Today I had the pleasure of photographing the Swindon St George’s Day celebrations in the town centre put on by inSwindon BID company. Centre piece of course was the 20 ft St George that after being blessed traveled from the Cenotaph down to Wharf Green accompanied by 100 school children and Ethemia who had written a song especially for this occasion. Once in Wharf Green the children were split up into different groups where they were taught fold dancing around the May pole, made dragons out of clay and took part in sports competitions. It culminated with a performance of Folk Dancing or should I say alternative Folk Dancing by the group FolkDanceRemixd.
It was great fun, the weather held and everybody seemed to have a very enjoyable time.