Firstly! This is my 100th Blog post! Woo hoo! I think I’ll give my blog a very happy birthday card.
Feel free to sing if you feel so inclined. I’m sure the “Happy birthday dear Barnaby Aldrick Wedding Photography Bloooooog…” bit will sound mint.
But to theerious bidniss! I’ve been up to a bit of musical photography of late and thought I’d like to share – starting with…
Leeds music stalwart James Owen Fender decided to host a Battle of the Bands to dig out Leeds’ finest upcoming groups in association with his night ‘Plumpton Presents‘. It’s been cunningly named ‘The Battle of Plumpton’ and has some quality prizes, such as the winning band getting a track waxed by ace producer James Kenosha, which gets onto a limited edition Plumpton Presents Record (via ADA distribution) and get to play the Beach Break Live 2010 music festival.
The Battle kicked off to a roaring start at the Wardrobe in Leeds, with the Leeds College of Music heat. Those kids generally require a grade 8 in something to get in, so musical tightness & mad skills were pretty much guaranteed.
Here are a few of my faves from that night.
Its all about the Vox & Gibson partnership…
It’s also all about the feets…
…and the selective motion blur…
These guys, the Moody Gowns, won this heat, for good reason.
They’re genred under myspace as Alternative / Reggae / Tango. Bunch of nutters to be honest.
The also excellent Germain, an interesting mix of great song writing, tidy drumming, metaly guitar shreddies & funky bass.
It’s all about that strat head.
Working an excellently tormented “I don’t know why I’m so sad” expression
The next band, working a completely different, and possibly constipated expression.
I believe these guys were called Zeon, and sounded a lot like Muse.
A final detail, after the drummer threw his sticks on the final track.
There are 3 more heats and a final, 2 local Leeds band heats at Oporto on Tuesday (26th) Wednesday (27th) and the Leeds Met heat on Thursday (28th). I’ll defo be down for the Leeds Met leg, and there are some superb acts rocking the town, so if you can, get yourselves down and check the myspace here for info!
In other news… I have kept in touch with a BBC Radio Leeds engineer called Mitch who I met while photographing the BBC Raw Talent show a few weeks back. He asked if I fancied photographing a charity gig at The Met Hotel in aid of the victims of the Cumbrian floods, called ‘Singin’ in the Rain’. My homie Phil Barber & I rolled down to the most excellent Met Hotel in Leeds…
It’s a fantastic grade II listed building with a completely terracotta front.
It was a sweet event with some dancers from Leeds dance college and ace bands, including the beautiful Hannah Trigwell
… it’s all about the cowboy boots
They had a VJ working a live tasty background using video of Hannah
I kinda like this shot, from behind the background
This dude was the drummer from The Moves. The band were FUNKY, and his style matched.
And one more feet fetish shot…
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