Drowned In Sound, British Fantasy Awards and Satellite 5

It’s occurred to me that there were a couple of things missing off the blog from the other week. So now the smoke’s cleared a bit from Satellite 5, here’s a little extra news for you.


Firstly – new photos! Drowned In Sound have uploaded a selection of my shots from Emma Pollock‘s recent gig at the O2 Academy’s upstairs room the other week. If you’ve not heard any of her work post-Delgados, new record In Search of Harperfield really is a gem. Meantime, there’s a link to the photos below.

Emma Pollock (w/ heartsetonhope and The Artisans)
12th May 2016, O2 Academy Newcastle

Emma Pollock - O2 Academy Newcastle, 12th May 2016


Secondly, the juries for this year’s British Fantasy Awards have been announced. For the first time, I’ll be joining the panel judging the Non-Fiction Award, completed by Martin Petto and Kev McVeigh. We’ve already had some interesting discussions, and I think I can speak for my fellow jury members in saying we’re looking forward to getting stuck in to the final shortlist. The winners will be announced at this year’s Fantasycon By the Sea, held by the British Fantasy Society over the weekend of 23rd – 25th September in Scarborough.

And, finally…


While I’m here, I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who made it along to the readings on Saturday night at last weekend’s Satellite 5 convention in Glasgow – as well as all those who had a hand in a splendid con. Many thanks also to Helen Sansum for this lovely photo, taken in the mid-way through a story about stories…

Ruth Booth - taken at Satellite 5 by Helen Sansum

2015 in Photos

Photo by Graeme Baty at Blank Slate Creative Photography
Photo by Graeme Baty at Blank Slate Creative Photography

If you’ve been following my photography posts (search “photo” in the box at the top), you’ll know I’ve been a fairly industrious sort of a bee in 2015. I’ve shot a number of bands for Drowned In Sound‘s In Photos section, as well as for ma ainsel. With the year rushing to a close, here’s a recap of some of the shows I’ve shot this year with a slideshow of highlights.

Below you’ll find some of my favourite shots of *deep breath*… Maximo Park, Mark Lanegan, Twilight Sad, Richard Dawson, Sean & Zander, Polyphonic Spree, Nadine Shah, The Lake Poets, Kingsley Chapman and the Murder, By Toutatis, Brilliant Mind, Glass Caves, Samantha Durnan and Kylver.


New Photos: Maximo Park on Drowned In Sound

This month’s excuse to sweat for Drowned In Sound came in the form of Maximo Park, as they celebrated the 10th anniversary of seminal debut album, A Certain Trigger.

Yep, another nostalgia fest, but as the hometown gig, one that definitely couldn’t be missed. A little older, maybe a little wiser, but it’s a wonderful what a good tune will do for a frontman’s ability to attempt leaping splits from a drum riser. Sadly no shots of that on here, but you’ll find a few of the band, plus support Beverley.

Hopefully I’ll have more DiS shots for you in the new year, but in the meantime, enjoy!

Maximo Park 10th anniversary show (w/ Beverley)
19th November 2015, Newcastle City Hall

Maximo Park, 19th November 2015 at Newcastle City Hall

New Photos: Editors and The Twilight Sad on Drowned In Sound

Hoi! This month, Drowned In Sound sent me back to tha Toon to capture Editors and The Twilight Sad doing their thing at the O2 Academy.

This was my first time seeing both bands live, but after hearing GJB from local photography collective Blank Slate raving about The Twilight Sad, I was particularly keen to catch their set – which I nearly missed, due to delayed trains. And I was glad to find they weren’t just a treat for the ears. There’s something quite thrilling about James Graham’s onstage performance in particular that’s almost at odds with the impression from the tailoring of their craft. Like something huge and terrifying is trying to escape through a singular tiny human body.

Regardless, you’ll find shots of both bands at the link below. Hope you enjoy them!

Editors and The Twilight Sad
21st October 2015, Newcastle O2 Academy

Editors, Newcastle O2 Academy, 21st October 2015

New Photos: The Polyphonic Spree on Drowned in Sound

Following the Kingsley Chapman and the Murder set from this week’s Photo Friday, those sterling chaps at Drowned In Sound have also uploaded my shots from The Polyphonic Spree‘s recent Newcastle show over the weekend.

This was part of Poly Spree’s tour celebrating the 15th Anniversary of The Beginning Stages of… – the album that contained ‘Soldier Girl’ and ‘Reach for the Sun’. Their first shows over here in 12 years, and it was like they’d never been away. Coincidentally, DiS is also 15 years old this month – so happy birthday to them too! Photo link below.

The Polyphonic Spree
O2 Academy, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on 12th September, 2015

Polyphonic Spree

Photo Friday: Evolution Emerging 2015


Been a while since I shared some shots, hasn’t it? So how about a wee catch-up on the sets I’ve photographed in recent weeks? First up, this year’s Evolution Emerging Festival, which took place in venues across the wonderful Ouseburn valley back in May. Every year, North-East music development agency Generator dedicates a night to the best of the independent scene – it’s a great evening for discovering hidden gems. Having missed last year’s due to the Edinburgh Half-Marathon, I was well looking forward to getting stuck into some new, up-and-coming music – that and getting some shots too!

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Photo Friday Sunday: The Lake Poets, Brilliant Mind and Coquin Migale at the Mind All-Dayer

© Ruth Booth
© Ruth Booth
I’ve got a lot of respect for the work of mental health charity Mind, particularly within the North-East of England. However, I have to confess that’s not the only reason the recent charity gig was a fixture in my calendar. A rare set from Brilliant Mind, plus the promise of new album material from The Lake Poets? You’d have been nuts to have missed it.
Sadly I couldn’t make it down to the whole day, but it’s always a good night when you find a new spaced-out indie band – Coquin Migale, in this case. Brilliant Mind‘s joyful set, by contrast, had a much poppier vein, a sort of Smiths-meets-The-Beatiful-South-via-Shearwater vibe, but with a North-East bitterness to it. The highlight of the evening for me was still the ethereal harmonizing of Martin from The Lake Poets and Rebecca Young (aka This Little Bird). Tracks like ‘Black & Blue’ suggest that Martin’s recent recording time in Nashville wasn’t wasted — definitely a record that’s on my wishlist.
Here’s some shots I took of Coquin Migale, Brilliant Mind, and The Lake Poets. Enjoy!

New Photos: Richard Dawson at the Star and Shadow

Some rather more sedate news this time. I popped along to catch Richard Dawson‘s darkly brilliant hometown show the other week, shooting for Drowned in Sound. With support from Vibracathedral Orchestra, and the ruddy excellent Phil Tyler in a solo banjo set, it was a grand night out all round. And it really was a lovely way to say goodbye to the Star and Shadow’s old Ouseburn location too, before their upcoming move to Heaton later this year. Anyway, photos below…


(w/ Phil Tyler and Vibracathedral Orchestra)
The Star and Shadow, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, 7th February 2015.