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Virgil and the Accelerators, O2 Islington, 7 November 2013

Finally had the chance to catch Virgil and the Accelerators live, after being lucky enough to shoot with them at the Steve Gerrard gig photography workshop in Birmingham a few months back (blog here!).  They’ve been touring madly for the last couple of months and finally they made to to London, bringing a swag of t-shirts and albums to sell on the night.  I managed a good spot up the front to take photos, and noticed a line of fans, all with their phones/point & shoot cameras at the ready, already decked out in V&TA t-shirts!  They have some pretty keen fans…  Virgil and Jack are so easy to photograph – brilliant presence and fantastic shape pullers.  Difficult to see Gabriel behind his drum kit but he was smashing away the whole time, not unlike his mascot, The Muppets’ ‘Animal’, who sat in front of his kit.  I managed to find their manager Martin after a few songs and thanked him for the ticket/photo pass, to which he passed onto me not one but TWO V&TA t-shirts!  One of them adorns a photo I had taken of them at the Steve Gerrard day, which I was most pleased about.

I used my Canon 7D with 17-55mm f2.8 most of the time, and switched to my 50mm 1.8 for a few shots.  The 50mm is just so much lighter and easier to shoot with after lugging the 17-55mm around!  Was up fairly close to the stage though so the 50mm wasn’t always convenient.  The lighting was decent so wasn’t even concerned that it was a no-flash gig.  I mostly sat on 1000 ISO.  Pics below, enjoy!

 

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Cheatahs, Old Queen’s Head 1 August 2013

I was looking forward to going along to see Cheatahs at Old Queen’s Head as I knew from a previous visit that the lighting in there was lovely (= good for photographers) and relatively easy to get some close shots.  I was especially excited because my new pride and joy had arrived in the post – I am now the proud owner of a Canon 7D!  It took a while to get used to on the first night as a lot of the buttons were in different places than I was used to with the 1000D, so had to fiddle around in the dark with a few things, but the pictures didn’t turn out too bad.  The venue wasn’t packed to the rafters either, which was great as it was a hot evening.  Although someone needed to turn down the dry ice – my hair stank of the stuff when I got home!  Great gig though, and my first time seeing Cheatahs.  Pics below…

 

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Jacco Gardner, The Social 11th June 2013

I’ve become quite a fan of The Social in the last few months.  The first time I went there to see a band (Sharks) it was packed and I was up the back and couldn’t see a thing.  Hated it and didn’t want to go back.  Luckily the next gig I went to there (The Heartbreaks as it so happens) wasn’t as packed, and after discovering where to stand for a good view I enjoyed it a hell of a lot more.  Earlier this week I went to see the lovely Jacco Gardner at The Social, expecting it to be packed (it was a free gig after all), only to find that when he(/they?) took to the stage there were only around 30 other people in the room.  Jacco Gardner is brilliant, so I’m a bit confused as to why there weren’t more people there?!  Whatever the case, it was a great gig.  Oh, I have to talk about the support band first though.  We managed to catch all of Ming City Rockers’ set before the main event.  I wouldn’t say that they’re ‘my’ kind of music, but they were awesome.  Bit of an F-you attitude, long hair, shouty, 70s Americana punk/rock all topped off with super fun outfits.  I don’t think the crowd were too interested but I thought they were ace.  Highly recommend seeing them if you can!  Jacco Gardner’s set was much different to Ming City Rockers’, a lot more laid back and dreamy, with perfect harmonies and musicianship from his band.  Jacco seemed like such a lovely guy, quite shy and thankful for everyone for coming along.  The drummer.  Oh my word THE DRUMMER.  Mid length shaggy unkempt hair, huge beard, sunglasses and a fag hanging out of his mouth (unlit of course) the entire time.  He was the dog’s bollocks!  Didn’t manage any decent photos of him but his awesome face is etched in my memory anyway.  Check them out when you can, doubtful you’ll get to see them for free again, but I would have paid anyway.  Take a listen to the album if you haven’t already, gorgeous stuff.

Luckily The Social doesn’t appear to have a camera policy, so was able to take in whatever I wanted with no hassle.  The lighting is a bit too bright in some places, and too dark in others, so it was difficult to get it quite right in a lot of the photos.  Managed a few decent shots though, see below and as always, enjoy!

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