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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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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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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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