Another month, another excellent Cool Britannia. This was one of the best Cool Britannia nights I’ve been to so far I think, four fantastic bands, loads of interesting and friendly punters and happy times all around. This month saw The Repeat Offenders, The Brompton Mix, Marmalade Sky and Deadbeat Echoes take to the Fiddler’s Elbow stage. I’d not seen any of the bands playing this month before either, which was a bonus. Always happy to go along and take pics at Cool Britannia because not only are the bands always decent, Gina and Jess (who run the nights) are the loveliest people you’ll ever meet. Helps that they have fantastic taste and knowledge in mod/baggy/indie/Britpop/Madchester bands too I guess! There was a certain Rick Buckler (aka drummer from The Jam) hanging around the bar for a while as well, keeping a keen eye on The Brompton Mix, who he manages. Engineered a quick snap of him with the help of some plucky regulars (thanks Pete & Vanisha!), although he was really quite lovely anyway. After the bands had finished a few of them hung around for a while and danced and drank and laughed and fell over, until we were all very politely rounded up and shown the door at around 1am. Can’t wait for the next one!
I was using my Canon EOS 1000D with all three of its lenses over the course of the evening: 50mm, 18mm – 55mm and 75mm – 300mm. I probably used the 50 the most for the band shots, and the 18-55 for punter shots. The lighting isn’t brilliant at Fidler’s Elbow, but instead of using the flash (I hate that), I upped the ISO to as high as it goes – 1600 for this camera. Enjoy!