Tag: Photo Essay

October Drift – The Lexington, London (photo review)

October Drift – The Lexington, London (photo review)

In the Summer, I got some business cards printed. I had to choose 10 photos from the 1000s I’ve taken to go on the back of them. One of those had to be October Drift. I “discovered” October Drift playing a support slot for Echobelly in June. I was one of only two photographers who had turned up early and […]

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Mauno – The Islington, London (photo review)

Mauno – The Islington, London (photo review)

A bomb scare didn’t stop Mauno making an appearance in London’s Islington. I’m glad they braved the cordons. So I continue my tour of small venues in London. This time it was The Islington Pub, which, as you may have guessed, is another pre-war, red-brick pub with a trendy bar and a small music venue off to one side. The […]

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Barns Courtney – LP release gig – Dingwall’s, London (photo review)

Barns Courtney – LP release gig – Dingwall’s, London (photo review)

Barns Courtney released his new LP today and celebrated by playing an intimate gig to a room full of adoring fans. Dingwall’s is a basement space in a red brick warehouse in the heart of Camden Market in London. While I was waiting for the support band, a 19-year old actor asked me about my camera and what I’d recommend. […]

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Bite the Buffalo

Bite the Buffalo ‘Big Blind’ LP gig – Cargo, London (photo review)

Back in London’s Shoreditch. This time to Cargo for the LP launch event for Bite the Buffalo’s, Big Blind. Cargo is a venue set in three Victorian red brick railway arches. Previously a train workshop, the ghosts of its engineers still inhabit the vaulted halls, as does an actual stuffed lion in one of the bars. Tonight Bite the Buffalo […]

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Swimming Tapes & Softer Still – The Lexington, London (photo review)

Swimming Tapes & Softer Still – The Lexington, London (photo review)

Two bands, gently pressed from the same mold, provided an evening of accessible indie/dream pop in the heart of Shoreditch. I seem to be spending more and more time in the trendy East End of London. The Lexington is another of those Victorian pubs with an expanse of craft beers on offer downstairs and a snug venue on the upper […]

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Nova Twins

Fluffer Pit Party – Spring King, Demob Happy, Nova Twins – London (photo review)

The boxing ring had moved to a new warehouse for the latest in the series of Fluffer Pit Parties. As usual, the secret location was revealed shortly before I drove into East London. This time Fluffer Records had laid on the latest of their showcases at Hackney Downs Studios – a hidden away arts centre. I knew that Spring King, […]

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Charly Bliss

Charly Bliss & Whenyoung – Old Blue Last, London (photo review)

Charly Bliss pitched up in London’s East End to play only their second ever non-US gig. The Old Blue Last pub is a real East End boozer. It’s a Victorian building on the corner of a cross-roads, and it has a tight upstairs venue that has seen most of the bands in “the scene” over the years. Tonight saw Charly […]

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Alvvays – KOKO, London (photo review)

Alvvays – KOKO, London (photo review)

Alvvays – KOKO, Camden, London. 8th September 2017 Toronto-based Alvvays came to KOKO to play tribute to their new album, Antisocialites. KOKO is an old Victorian-style theatre with steeply banked levels and balconies overlooking a crowded dance floor. It’s gone through other incarnations (I used to go clubbing there when it was Camden Palace), and the opulent red and gold chamber […]

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Dishy Tangent – Notting Hill Arts Club, London (photo review)

Dishy Tangent – Notting Hill Arts Club, London (photo review)

Absent Kelly presents….Sonic Sketch, featuring Dishy Tangent. Notting Hill Arts Club 9 September 2017 What’s not to like about Dishy Tangent? Four good looking blokes from Canning Town in the East End of London, creating great tunes. I was asked by DJ Sonic, or bass player Del Sajiwandani as he is also known, to take some portrait shots of the […]

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King Nun – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

King Nun – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

This week, I counted how many bands I’ve photographed so far in 2017. King Nun came in at 203rd place. I’ve been a busy boy! I mention this because it means I have spent a lot of time listening to dozens of bands that are new to me. King Nun are one of those – pretty much all I knew about […]

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The Nursery

The Nursery & Adera bring Synth Night to Bar Robo (photo essay)

For those who have not yet visited Bar Robo, they have taken over the space that used to be Raw Sugar in Ottawa’s Chinatown. The space has been renovated significantly, now transformed into an intimate yet contemporary cafe and club for live music. On this particular Wednesday night, the venue hosted the aptly billed Synth Night, as both bands featuring […]

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Thunder on the Left

Thunder on the Left at Fiddler’s Elbow, London (photo essay)

I was in Camden to shoot The Family Jools‘ publicity pics – the usual photos of a group of lads standing about in front of urban decay. The band was also playing at End of the Trail Records‘ showcase event on August 17th, so I thought I would drop in to see what else was on offer. Apart from Jools’ slick […]

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Standon Calling 2017 – photo review

Standon Calling 2017 – photo review

Standon Calling Festival in Hertfordshire (UK) took place over three rainy days in July. The festival, in its 12th year, feels like a family-friendly country fair that got a bit out of hand, with dog shows, fancy dress competitions, drag acts, and a swimming pool included. Oh and some music. Here are some of my music highlights from Saturday and […]

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Japandroids at San Fran Bath House in Wellington (photo essay)

Japandroids at San Fran Bath House in Wellington (photo essay)

On Saturday night (July 22nd), Canadian rock duo Japandroids made a stop at San Fran in Wellington, New Zealand as part of their world tour in support of their excellent new album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life. In his review of the record, Ben wrote: (‘Near To The Wild Heart Of Life’) matches the sonic intensity of Springsteen’s […]

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Nick Heyward – Bantersaurus Rex (photo essay)

Nick Heyward – Bantersaurus Rex (photo essay)

You may remember Nick Heyward as the front man of Haircut 100, a young man with a big old guitar under his arm and a cheeky smile on his face. Most people will have a soft spot for Nick, who was a peer of the likes of Teardrop Explodes, ABC, and Orange Juice – crucial listening for 1980’s students. On 19th […]

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Xavier Rudd

RBC Bluesfest 2017 – In Photos, Part 3

We’ve already shared photos from the first seven days of RBC Bluesfest, splitting them up into two segments (Part 1 and Part 2). With the number of performers featured on the multiple stages at one time, schedule conflicts are inevitable. Since we couldn’t attend every gig, here are some quick highlights of memorable sets from the final three days of […]

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Fleshtones at Nambucca, London , 8 July 2017 (photo-essay)

Fleshtones at Nambucca, London , 8 July 2017 (photo-essay)

Paul from Dirty Water Records looks at me with his piercing blue eyes and warns me that tonight is going to be loud. Nambucca is a half neon-lit bar/half venue a long stone’s throw from Arsenal’s football ground in North London. It is adorned with Jack Daniels and Budweiser logos and has a gallery of earlier star studded gig photos […]

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BERRIES launch Wild Vow at The Old Blue Last, London (photo essay)

BERRIES launch Wild Vow at The Old Blue Last, London (photo essay)

It’s festival season, which means the majority of female acts unfairly get swept under the carpet whilst the guys take the limelight (see this BBC article as proof). Perfect opportunity for BERRIES’ single release, and what an event it was! The audience at The Old Blue Last in London were treated to tune after tune from the energetic indie-rock band. […]

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Cabbage at Scala, London (photo essay)

Cabbage at Scala, London (photo essay)

Cabbage are a five-piece, post-punk band from Manchester. I’d like to review the opening night of their tour on Thursday 29th June at Scala, but I don’t think my words are going to do justice as to how amazing these guys are. Fresh from performing on the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury, Cabbage are really making a name for themselves. […]

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Half Moon Run

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival 2017 (photo essay)

The city of Ottawa recently hosted the annual and highly-anticipated Tim Horton’s Dragon Boat Festival. Twenty-three years since the festival’s inception, it has developed international acclaim, drawing 150 teams from across North America. Besides the competition on the water, it raises funds for the betterment of the Ottawa community via supporting charitable organizations in the area. To complement the event, […]

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