Happy New Year! Before we get too far into 2015, I wanted to have a look back at my best music images from the year we’ve just left…so welcome to my best of for 2014.
I’ve tried (where possible) to limit myself to just one image from photoset. That’s quite tough though, so I will undoubtedly have added a few extras here and there, starting with my ‘yearbook’ snap of ’68 at the top of this post. Anyway, enough talk, more pics – enjoy and let me know what you think!
My year of live music photography started with a stellar gig in February that was opened by The Story So Far
Who were followed by Every Time I Die
Who made way for Mallory Knox
Before A Day To Remember rounded it off
Next up, I was off to the NIA to see the fabulous return of Fall Out Boy (and yes, I’m already failing at the whole ‘one image per band’ thing)
My next gig was the ace Manchester Orchestra at the Glee Club – I would be seeing these bearded chaps again later in the year…
Life got in the way for a while after that show, and my camera was quiet until the summer, when I caught up with and shot my old friend Peter Shoulder.
Then struggled to shoot Lower Than Atlantis in a packed, tiny, sweaty room.
Next I headed down to Milton Keynes to first shoot Tortuga
Then In Archives
And finally headliners ’68 (another one who I would meet and shoot again later in the year).
Next up I popped over to Nottingham to see the brilliant Bad Books…
Who were followed by Kevin Devine and the God Damn Band…
And then came the headliners – the once again bearded and brilliant Manchester Orchestra.
My next show wasn’t until November, and it was opened by French lot Chunk, No Captain Chunk!
Who were followed by The Summer Set
Who were warming things up for Tonight Alive
The following night I went to the NEC to cover the pop fest that was Free Radio Live 2014, which featured Ed Sheeran…
A few nights later I was back at the NEC to first shoot Twenty Two Hundred…
Then Glenn Hughes’ new band California Breed…
And then Slash, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators!
And finally, I was back off to Nottingham to shoot first Trophy Scars (on their first ever UK show)…
And then once more with the incredible ’68
That was a pretty cool year – fingers crossed 2015 will be even better!
For what it’s worth, here’s my 10 favourite albums of 2015…not in any particular order, just ten standouts.
Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown
’68 – In Humor and Sadness
Manchester Orchestra – Cope
Issues – Issues
Against Me! – Transgender Dystrophia Blues
Beartooth – Disgusting
Manchester Orchestra – Hope
Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright In The End
Lower Than Atlantis – Lower Than Atlantis
Set It Off – Duality
Here’s to 2015 being awesome!