We continue our look into the top 10 moments of gig photographers with Jamie….
1. Avenged Sevenfold, The O2
I only started doing music photography last summer, and decided that this year would be the year that I pushed myself to bigger venues. This was my first attempt to get in for a huge show, and ended up as my first gig at The O2… such a buzz to get that pass!
2. Green Day, The O2
A few weeks later, I was back – this time for a band that meant the absolute world to me growing up. As with Foo Fighters later on, I allowed myself a little ‘fanboy’ moment in the pit – it’s good to let everything sink in for a second, as time is up and you’re being escorted out all too soon.
3. Biffy Clyro, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
As part of Warchild, the chance to see and shoot a band like this in a venue like the O2 at Shepherds Bush Empire was unforgettable. So many photographers packed into a tiny pit, an intense but incredible experience.
4. Depeche Mode, London Stadium
My first in-house shoot for a major venue, including capturing the band backstage – a rare chance to shoot the bigger wide angle view of a huge rock show.
5. Foo Fighters, The O2
If you get the chance to photograph Dave Grohl, you photograph Dave Grohl… What a showman, giving eye contact to each and every one of us. Just wow. As the riff to ‘All My Life’ kicked in, it was hard to not get goosebumps.
6. The Flaming Lips, Brighton Dome
Brighton Dome is my absolute favourite venue, full of character and atmosphere (plus super friendly pit staff). This show’s opening was bigger than most finales with glitter cannons, huge inflatable balls and a ride-on unicorn. The sheer ridiculousness of it made me giggle in the pit.
7. IDLES, various (this shot from Prince Albert, Brighton)
A band that I feel linked to at a blood-level, they mean the world to me. They were support band on my very first gig when I was let in on the strength of a few shots I had got at a festival. They blew me away, and continue to do so every time I see them. Incredible to see them at The O2. Just the best band to shoot.
8. On stage with Lucy Rose (Latitude Festival)
I met Lucy through my producer brother-in-law who told me she was looking for an image to go with her new album. We created something perfect within a few minutes… it was such a thrill to see her perform the album on-stage at Latitude.
9. The Big Moon (The Haunt, Brighton)
One of those moments where you discover a band and wonder where they had been all your life. So much energy from the group and from the audience, it’s been awesome to see how they have blown up this year.
10. The xx (O2 Brixton Academy)
Visually, the most stunning show I’ve shot – though the main effects came later in the night after the cameras had been stashed away when the rainbow lighting kicked in. Every single detail of the stage had been thought about and perfected, making it a joy to shoot.