I’m usually quite a fan of seeing gigs at The Boston Arms, but there were a few things at the Temples/Charlie Boyer & The Voyeur gig earlier in the week that just didn’t sit right with me. Gig itself was fantastic, I have nothing to complain about there! For starters on the bad stuff though, they did a bag check upon entrance. Fine, no worries, but I still went through with my camera and spare lens (AND point and shoot camera that I bought along ‘just in case’). We positioned ourselves to the front left of the raised stage where there was a bit of space, and while we were there the security guard confiscated at least three people’s cameras off them, both professional and point and shoot. Not sure if they were taking video footage or just photos, but I wasn’t taking any chances so only snapped when I knew he wasn’t around. This is a massive irk in the first place, but when you have a kid right up the front filming the entire CB&TV gig on an iPhone, without break, it just gets a little silly. Why allow that but not allow point & shoot/professional cameras? Why allow a low-quality film of the gig and not a high one? I could tell the security was watching me waiting to pounce, but he didn’t because I wouldn’t snap when he was around. Managed to get a decent amount of photos too, ha! Annoyance number two – no air conditioning. I don’t think I’ve sweated so much at a gig before in my life (and I’ve been to plenty of gigs during summertime in Australia…). People weren’t really even dancing, probably because it was so incredibly stuffy. Annoyance number three – a 15 minute wait to get a cider. Yup, I KNOW they’re only £3.50 (great!) but I’d rather not stand in a line for 15 minutes with sweaty guys rubbing up behind me trying to push in. Another bar would solve the problem, but where it would go I have no idea. CB&TV were great. I’d rather they were on for longer and played everything off their album but I guess it wasn’t their gig! Will have to see a headline gig of theirs at some stage, loving them at the moment. Temples were good as well, we were mostly up the back for them because it was so bloody hot we didn’t want to be around people! No album as yet so only knew a few of their tunes but they played well and the crowd seemed impressed. You could tell that quite a few of the punters were there because of the Noel Gallagher effect (the clothing/haircuts were a dead giveaway), but all in all a fun gig, despite the annoyances!
I used my Canon EOS 1000D with 50mm and 75-300mm. Up the back at The Boston Arms you usually get a good view of the band because of the raised stage, so the 75-300 comes in handy. Only if the lighting is halfway decent… enjoy!