For this week’s Photo Friday, ahead of their set at tomorrow’s Twisterella Festival, here’s the last of my shots from the Summer — taken at Kingsley Chapman and The Murder‘s single launch for ‘Lovers’.
It’s a double exposure! In the second part of Photo Friday catch-up, we catch up with some more established treasures of the North-East’s alternative scene.
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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!
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!
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:
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!
That’s the By Toutatis feature in this month’s The Culture Magazine (the supplement with The Journal newspaper), capped off with their current promo shot – a photo from a shoot I did with the band back in February.
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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.
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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