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Cool Britannia, Fiddler’s Elbow 19 July 2013

I have been reliably informed that Cool Britannia last Friday night will be the last one ‘for a while’, which is a shame.  I’ll miss heading up to Fiddler’s Elbow at the end of most months to take photos of new bands and have a drink with the always welcoming ‘#CBfamily’.  But needs must and if they do return in a few months/years I’ll be back with bells on!  Enough of the sad stuff, the last CB was a good ‘un.  Four bands I’d not seen before which is always a bonus – Stone Thieves, Shelta, King Zoots and Stellify, all fantastic bands.  Was great to have a stripped back set from Shelta in the middle of the evening, although the urge to turn around and throttle kids in the crowd who were chatting throughout was overwhelming.  So disrespectful.  It was obvious that they were there for one of the other bands, but at least go sit down somewhere else and have a chat, don’t do it in the audience.  PET HATE!

Managed quite a few good pics at Cool Britannia this time though, which I’m rather proud of.  I have recently been asked to take photos for another blog at gigs around London, which I’m sure will keep me busy while Cool Britannia is cooling off.  Expect to see an increased amount of blog activity in the coming weeks – if I can keep up!  I shot a lot of the pics at Cool Britannia in black and white as I’m not a fan of the coloured lighting they use at Fiddler’s, and B&W always looks nice and moody anyway.  I used my Canon 1000D with my 50mm 1.8 for most of the gig.  Looking to upgrade my camera soon… watch this space!

Pictures below, enjoy.

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Cool Britannia 21st June 2013

It’s always exciting going along to Cool Britannia nights, because you’re never really sure what you’re going to get musically, or what kind of people will come along to see the bands.  June’s CB night saw four bands (a feat in itself) PLUS an acoustic set by Dean Mumford, he of Rifles fame.  Talk about packing it in!  The Deets were on first who were just fantastic, high energy, stage presence, dashing outfits, and most importantly – good tunes.  Sadly it seemed that most people were still out enjoying the ‘sunshine’ (ahem) at that time of the evening and The Deets played to a small crowd.  The people who were there seemed impressed though.  Violet Class up next which was a bit of a change of pace with their retro casual gear and 90s Britpop sound.  Super laid back, and a few more people milling around during and after their set.  Welcome Pariah on next, and while I’d seen them at a CB night previously I was happy to see them again, great band.  Catch them while they’re still playing the little venues!  Fiddlers Elbow was becoming slightly more crowded by now, with a fun bunch of people.  The crowd at these nights are always full of surprises!  The Mercanaries were last band proper on and they were hilarious.  Not hilarious in a bad way, oh no, just in a crowd interaction, entertaining way.  Jumping off the stage, jumping on each other, making a real fun time of the whole set.  Really hard to photograph as they were moving around so much – had to turn on the flash for most of the shots, which turned out well (new flash – YAY!).  Dean Mumford arrived on stage as the crowd had increased loads, and it was becoming rather sweaty in the venue.  He banged out a few old Rifles tunes and then started taking requests from the crowd on what to sing next.  A genuinely lovely fella.  The crowd were so involved that a few of them also jumped on stage, some assisting on drums, others on vocals.  Good stuff, and a brilliant end to a fun evening.

First time I’d given the new Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash unit a whirl and oh my, it’s lovely.  Just makes people in the crowd look that much… prettier!  Takes the harshness of the full frontal flash when it’s bouncing off the roof instead.  Never an issue with not being able to focus in a dark room either due to the red beam.  Took a few shots of Dean and The Mercanaries with the flash on as you can see below.  Still prefer the non-flash shots but some of the flash ones were amazing (the one with the two Mercanaries guys having a cuddle is ace!).  I had all three lenses there on the night – 35mm, 17 – 55mm and 75 – 300mm.  Changing them every five minutes was a hassle, so here’s to saving up for a lens that can do the job of all three of those lenses instead!!  Enjoy the pics, there are a lot of them…

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Cool Britannia, Fiddlers Elbow 19 April 2013

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!

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Cool Britannia at Fiddler’s Elbow, 14th December 2012

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and for BAD reasons – not enough gigs to go to!  Cool Britannia is always a great place to take a few shots of some ace bands so I was pleased to head along last Friday and enjoy the show.  This was their last for 2012, but a little bird has informed me that there could be many more in 2013.  As always it was a great night, filled with much cider and frivolity.  Great bands as well, which always helps!  This month it was The Beautiful Game, Desert Ships (who I had seen at CB previously) and Galileo 7.  Check out the photos below, I used my standards, the Canon 18-55 and 50mm f1.8.  I thought the lighting was darker than usual which makes taking a good shot without adjusting in processing really difficult.  I’m also using Lightroom now after I nearly had a fist fight with my laptop over Windows Photo Gallery not wanting to open any of my pictures for some reason.  After un-installing and installing again still no love.  Time to brush up on how to use Lightroom then…!

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Cool Britannia 3 August 2012

As per usual, Cool Britannia pulled it out of the bag again last night.  Four ace bands to photograph and easily accessible spots up the front for all of them.  Loads of punters to take photos of as well which was quite fun.  The bands were Desert ShipsWelcome PariahSilver Factory and ScenicLife.  Enjoy!

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