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!

Photo Friday: NARC. Fest – Blacklisters, Rivals and Martha at the Tyne Bar

Martha at the Tyne Bar, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, 5th July 2014.
Martha at the Tyne Bar, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, 5th July 2014.

Time for a proper #PhotoFriday. If you’re not aware of NARC. Fest, it’s (surprise!) NARC magazine‘s annual event, taking place at venues across Newcastle’s artistic hub, the Ouseburn valley. While the fest also includes comedy and other things, this is often a great excuse to go check out a bunch of local buzz bands of all genres, with music way into the night.While the 30 minute gaps between bands do allow some travel between spots, frankly, it’s easier just to pick a place and stick to it. Thankfully this year’s line-up made that very easy to do, and I rocked up at the Tyne Bar’s (mercifully) outdoor stage in time for the last three bands. Highlights, maestro…

  • Catching Martha again for the first time in years – that’s ONSIND‘s other, slightly less politically motivated and somewhat poppier band.
  • A storming final ever set from Rivals (who include Ross Millard from The Futureheads), doing their legacy proud before London jobs claim yet another local band.
  • Billy from Blacklisters staggering through the crowd, heckling strangers in hats, and generally making a nuisance of himself all over the outside bar area.
  • Getting to use my daylight lenses for a change during the first couple of bands – nerdy, I know, but I didn’t realise how much I’d missed shooting daylight gigs.

Talking of which, here’s some photos from all three sets:

Photo Friday Thursday: Möngöl Hörde w/ Palehorse & Oxygen Thief

Möngöl Hörde at the O2 Academy 2, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne - 20th June 2014
Möngöl Hörde at the O2 Academy 2, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne – 20th June 2014

Continuing the tradition of Photo Any-Day-But-Friday, this week I’ve got some bonus shots for you. You might have heard of Frank Turner – he was the one playing folk guitar on the hill during Danny Boyle’s Olympics Opening Ceremony last year. You might not have heard of his other band, Möngöl Hörde. Completed by Matt Nasir (from Turner’s backing band The Sleeping Souls) and Ben Dawson (Turner’s former bandmate in Million Dead), they hit the road earlier this Summer with Oxygen Thief and Dawson’s other band Palehorse – including a date at Newcastle’s Academy 2.

I could tell you what a brilliant night it was, but you can actually find all my thoughts in the Thrash Hits review that I, err, didn’t actually realise was online. You can read it here:

However, I also took some shots that night that didn’t end up making the final review. So I thought you lot might like a look. Enjoy!

Photo Friday: The Lake Poets, Tissue Culture, Trev Gibb

Back to normal for this week’s Photo Friday. Or at least, as close to normal as it gets. Last Saturday was The Roots Of… show at The Cluny 2, a benefit gig for the Tyneside branch of Mind (who I’m also raising money for at the Edinburgh Half Marathon this year…). A bunch of cracking local bands came together for some unique takes on the songs that have influenced them.

Archie from Tissue Culture at The Cluny 2 - 3rd May 2014
Archie from Tissue Culture at The Cluny 2 – 3rd May 2014

While I rocked up a bit late to catch High Tide 1547, or most of Hannah D’Arcy (who was in ruddy splendid voice that night), certainly Tissue Culture, The Lake Poets, and Trev Gibb and his band really did Tyneside Mind proud. Here are some of my highlights, along with some shots from the show:
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