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Kendal Called (Updated)

OK so this really is a quick post on the fly as I have gotta dash out, but if I don’t make a start on it I wont get round it! I will flesh it out with some words tomorrow. The long and short of it is as I reported a while back that I got invited to shoot for Kendal Calling festival off the back of the organisers seeing some of my generic festival photos from last years event.

**UPDATED**

Well I went, I saw I shot! There were definitely some great bands on show and the festival overall was a massive improvement on last year, with many more and certainly cleaner toliets to boot! I have a feeling that it will grow in to something special over the next few years and if the organisers can hang on to the current site, Lowther Deer Park, although not strictly in Kendal I think I shall look forward to this event for many more years to come. Having a press pass this year and standard photo policy of first three songs and no flash definitelty made me concentrate my effort and I am pleased with the images I captured.

Highlights for me this year would have to be The Streets, Skinner and co turned in a top performance and were a delight to shoot, unlike a lot of dull rock bands he was keen to come to the front of the stage and throw some shapes. The same could be said for Ash, who have aged well andand turned a great headline set on the Sunday evening, like Skinner they worked the stage and got the crowed amped up during an an energetic set, most notably the bassist, who having few lines to sing worked the amp and his portion of the stage like a true rock legend!

Essential festival wear, even I sprung for wellies this year not wanting to get caught and a I was glad I did, after heavy rain on the Friday evening and further showers on the following morning the lush green grass of Lowther Deer Park quickly turned to red clay mud!

Last years stand out performance by far for me was DJ Yoda’s genre defying mash up mix, throwing together the likes of the Antiques Roadshow theme, The Simpsons, assorted drum and bass and quite ironically at the time Jay Z and Wonderwall back to back, it all sounds wrong but it worked, believe me. Well this years cool crown definitely went Mr. Beardy Man, this guy is a beat boxing legend. Accompanied by a guitarist he managed to pull of Misirlou (from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack), Outta Space (Prodigy), Superstylin (Groove Armada) and Feeling Good (Nina Simone) amongst countless other amazing feats of lip, breathing and vocal control.

Craig Charles rounded stuff off late on the Sunday evening / Monday morning with a pounding funk and soul DJ set, I was a bit bemused to see him on the line up but apparently he has a radioshow on 6 music and boy he didnt disappoint a rammed tent of tired and muddy festival folk.

Special mention should go to Andy and Kevin who we met up with on more than one occaision in the photo-pit. Often when you meet other photographers, of a certain standard at events like this there is the potential, lets face for them to be completely stuck up their own A**ES! But these guys were two of the nicest pro togs I have met to date, check out their work if you get a second.

To see more pictures from the festival simply click on any of the shots and that will take you to the whole set on Flickr, featuring Ash, The Streets, The Zoutons, Idlewild, Goldie Looking Chain, Nine Black Alps, Sunshine Underground, Beardy Man, Cornershop, The Rumble Strips, The Kabeedies, Craig Charles (DJ Set),
Howard Marks and lots more.

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What That Wabbit Said…

Bugsy Low Res

Yes I’ve had a bit of a rest from the blog recently but then I have been extremely busy recently and I find blogging is one of those things that once you stop its hard to get back into and the procrastination is (sadly) high on my list of personality traits :-(

So here’s a little update of what I have been doing…

Way back in May (God is it that long since I last meant to blog, see how easy it is to let it slip!) I shot the launch of Jessie Rose trips debut single “Forever & a Day” and as always they didnt disappoint in style and musical ability, tipped for big things I hope they make it as they are deffinitely a cut above some of the duller clone bands doing the Manchester music scene at the moment. They were ably supported by Zarif, who has recently supported Beyonce and appeared on MTV. To see more pictures from the night click on the picture above.

Later on in marvelous May, I was invited by the lovely folks at  Vice Magazine to shoot their Stag and Dagger Festival, co-sponsored by Firetrap up in Leeds. This one dayer spread over several 5 venues in the student district of the town was great fun if a lil hectic and needing a chaffeur for the day I dragged along friend, music reviewer and record label dude Ben Savage. Once we had worked that the running order was badly worded on the programme and starting at mid-day and we had 5 hours to kill, we nipped over to a mates flat and chilled for a bit before the bands commenced. On show were, strangly mainly American and (I think) 1 Canadian band, those we got to see were; Wintersleep, Abe Vigoda, Crystal Antlers & White Denim.  Not given a real brief by Vice, I shot the bands (as most in my possition would have) and got a few incidentals, however looking again at other event coverage their togs tend to go mainly for crowd, people shots and humor rather than concentrating on whats going on on-stage, hence the tag-line on their website featuring my shots “Sweaty front men seem to be order of the day” – made me chuckle after the realisation dawned on me I had sort of broken some sort of Vice photographer code of practice ;-)

2 days later, another yearly date worth checking on the Manchester calendar rolled around, tired and a lil photo-ed out we were at Eurocultured. Another great mini festival, that see’s New Wakefield and Great Marlborough Streets  shut off to cars and turned into a multi staged event with bands, DJ’s, Street art, food stalls and all manner of other little delights. To be fair I was to tired and busy having fun to bother taking many shots but highlights included Broken £nglish & Riot Jazz, Mark XTC (Old School Hip-Hop) DJ Set on the Space Terrace and a mention must go to a band from Poland (I think) who were somewhat disturbing but hilarious, Dick 4 Dick! Singing in very basic English about being uber-gay and all manner of other things, dressed in leather and daubed in face-paint.

To Be Continued (I’m off out for a pint ;-)

Ballooning In Kendal!

Us At Kendal

Not literally you understand but at last years festival I learnt a new word; to “Balloon” is to be overly excitable and giddy, whirling around uncontrollably. Its derived from the motion that those people shaped balloons create on garage forecourts…

Anyway that was the “in word” in our festival camp and one friend said of late “I saw you ballooning on the Kendal Calling Site”  low and behold there was me, my girlfriend and a friend Mayur captured at last years event. I vaguely remember being snapped, glad to say naturally I had my own camera round my neck and I even managed to crack a smile, not being a natural in-front of the camera as previous self portraits will testify.

Anyway I shall be returning to this years festival and on the strength of last years pictures, which I took just for my own documentation, they have very kindly offered me a photopass for this year (get-in) so I am looking forward to the event with even more excitment; no doubt nearer the time I shall be “Ballooning” big-time!


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