Wychwood Music Festival 2016

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.

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UB40 play to a packed out audience at The Oasis Swindon

Friday evening I spent a very pleasant evening photographing UB40 at the Oasis in Swindon. There was a packed house and of course the audience sang along to all of the songs they played. They were well worth going to see and photograph and I really enjoyed it and listening to comments by others I think everybody else did as well.

AJ and The Tribe play at Reggae Garden Swindon Music Festival

AJ and The Tribe played at The Reggae Garden Swindon Saturday 12th September.

Roots Ambassadors play at Swindon Reggae Garden Music Festival

Roots Ambassadors played at The Reggae Garden in Swindon on Saturday 12th September.

Dubwiser at Swindon Reggae Garden Music Festival

Dubwiser played at The Reggae Garden in Swindon Saturday 12 Sept.

Liam Bailey at Westonbirt

Liam Bailey, was the support act for Paloma Faith a Westonbirt. Despite suffering from Hay Fever be put on a really good performance.

Wychwood Music Festival Day Three

Another long day at Wychwood Music Festival and only a small selection of the many images I took on the final day, mainly because I need to rush off to the airport for a flight to Spain, (no sleep for me tonight I am afraid).

Amongst others on day three were Bob Geldoff and The Boomtown Rats, Lee Thompson’s Ska Orchestra, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Sadie and The Hotheads and Gabby Young and Other Animals.

All in all a very good festival, very friendly, very relaxed, staff were just great really helpful and I will definitely go again.

Buster Blood Vessel and Bad Manners at Wychwood

Another classic band at Wychwood Festival, Bad Manners and Buster Blood Vessel. They were excellent and have not changed a bit over the years. Had a photo call with the guys back stage and Buster was great, what a character. I havent processed the images yet but he was really friendly and poured beer all over himself and his now famous tongue.

Excellent

Holmes Music Store Vinyl Record Weekend

Well, here I am back again. It has been a very busy few weeks and hence no posts for quite a while. Not the least I ran the London Marathon last Sunday. I wasnt happy with my time as I got tripped up at mile 5 and face planted the road. However I was very very proud of Kirsty Heber-Smith who ran it in a time of 3.44, exactly as we had planned it and also raised £2.5K for the charity Goldenhar which is one close to our hearts. If you dont know what Goldenhar is please chaeck it out, it’s worth it.

Anyhow back to photography. I spent several hours over two days at Alan Holmes Music shop where they were celebrating Vinyl Record weekend with lots of live music by local bands and artists. I wont list them all out as there were too many to mention, but I was impressed with all of them. Have to say the lighting was a nightmare as they had a back drop of the window and day 1 was bright sunshine, day 2 was dark clouds and rain!!! good old British Easter eh!!!! However the good thing about situations like that is firstly it is good to work in difficult situations that are out of your control and secondly you can get up close and personal and nobody minds.

It was a good weekend. I have also a very busy week coming up this week, lots of photographic jobs on so should be posting a lot in the next week and less rambling on 🙂

Swindon Reggae Garden Festival a huge success.

What a success The Reggae Garden Festival was. I so enjoyed it. Not only am I a big fan of Reggae music but I had access all areas to photograph where I liked. I was in heaven (or was that the smoke)!! I really enjoyed myself and I really think the audience did as well. It was a cracking day. Artists included, Solo Banton, Murray Man and The Friendly Fire Band, Tomlin Mystic, Erin Bardwell Collective, Zeeks and AJ.

Well done to all the organisers and The Swindon Bowl for putting it on. It was great.