Jessie J, Paul Weller, Jools Holland a good weekend at Westonbirt

I spent a very enjoyable and tiring weekend covering the Westonbirt Arboretum Forest Concerts.

Friday was Jessie J, Saturday was Paul Weller and Sunday was Jools Holland. All of the concerts were excellent but for me Jessie J and Jools Holland take top spot. Both were so good and both interacted with the audience so well it just made it them so much better. Paul Weller I have to say didnt interact with the audience very much at all.

It was also very interesting to observe the audience over the three nights. Jessie J was very much mum’s and daughters, Paul Weller was very much middle aged men with hair cuts made to look like that of Paul Weller and quite a bit of drinking going on. Jools Holland was very refined mixed sex, mixed age group.

I took close to 1600 images and found it really difficult to choose which ones to use so these are a fairly random selection from the collection.

All in all a good weekend and lots of lessons learnt being a photographer at big gigs rather than the more local ones I usually cover.

Billy Ocean and Hazell Dean Perform at Swindon Concert

Last night The Swindon Bowl was packed out for the Billy Ocean and Hazell Dean concert. Both were brilliant and sang all their old hits to the pleasure of the audience. And the audience were great. There was no trouble, everybody was really really friendly especially when I was walking amongst them with the camera and they knew I was working for the Swindon Adver. I was getting mobbed myself and felt like a star.

Have to also say what a cool dude Billy Ocean is. Smooth does not do it justice.

All in all a very good night last night and thanks to Swindon BC for putting it on.