McBusted at Westonbirt

McBusted at Westonbirt Concert in July.

Spandau Ballet at Westonbirt

Spandau Ballet at Westonbirt Arboretum concert in July.

Robert Plant at Westonbirt Concert

Just catching up on my blog posts as said last time I have been a bit slack lately.

These images are from the Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters concert at Westonbirt in July. It was a tough gig. The music by ex Led Zepplin vocalist Robert Plant was great, but he does not like photographers and nobody was allowed in the pit and we were relegated to a press area that was probably about 60 mts from the stage. Had to use a 400 mm lens and stand on a barrier to get the shots.

The staff at Westonbirt were great though and apologised for having to put us in the press area as it was not really in their control.

The Vamps and The Tide at Westonbirt

Sunday night there were three support acts but in my mind the only one worth mentioning was The Tide. They were brilliant and in my mind just as good as the headline act The Vamps.
Both were excellent and I could not choose between the two who were the best.

Tom Odell at Westonbirt

Tom Odell at Westonbirt.

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.

Paloma Faith at Westonbirt

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.

Little Mix at Westonbirt

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.

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.

PALOMA FAITH Performs at Westonbirt

Last night I had the pleasure of going to the Paloma Faith concert at Westonbirt and as I had a media pass I was shooting from the ‘pit’

Now I have to say I was a little disappointed at all of the restrictions placed on photographers at the concert, probably the most I have ever had to sign up to (at least I didnt refuse to go like I did with Blondie)!!!!
However I did really enjoy it, she sounded wonderful, looked wonderful and performed wonderfully. She was indeed very very good. I am also please with a lot of the images I got, only some of which are on this blog post.

I also need to mention the warm up act. Marques Toliver was also very very good and as I found out from one of his crew the backing singer is Lola Lennox, daughter of Annie Lennox.

The weather was awful and there were several heavy downpours but it didnt dampen the spirit and enjoyment of the concert by the audience.