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!