I am currently sitting in an apartment in Bath and I have spent the majority of my day editing through over 400 photos of the gentlemen in Baby Godzilla and Wounds. I’ve shot about 10 or so gigs now, from capacities of 200 to 1000 to possibly more. This gig was in one of the 200 capacity venues that I am surprised is still standing…
I grabbed my camera and left the apartment and as I got to the venue I realised that my camera was not working. Fully charged battery, but still nothing. Took it out, put it in, left it out for a while, googled it and called four different people. Nothing. Of course, I was hoping that the battery was dead and not the actual camera, so I called a friend of my brother who was in Bath to see if I could borrow a battery. He came round and I tried a new fully charged battery and still nothing. After panicking and panicking I came to the conclusion that it was a corrupted card. However, the problem with that was I made the conclusion fifteen minutes before the band hit the stage.
If you have been to Bath you will know that it is on one huge hill. Fifteen minutes to sprint down this hill (in boots and skinny jeans) to Green Park and sprint all the way back to the venue (at the top of the hill). I made it and fortunately it did work and my new card worked fine. Into the gig.
Guest list was sorted and I was standing in the 200 cap. underground venue. A venue that has held such legends such as The Smiths, Mumford & Sons and The Cure. However, tonight two new bands are about to shine a whole new light in the venue.
Wounds were great fun to shoot, but the lighting were absolutely awful. Above the stage there was about 12 thin blue LED strips. That was it.
I shot this off an iPhone to show just how poor the lighting was. Apart from the lights you see, there was nothing else so I knew that having know speed light, the show was going to be hard to shoot. Pretty much every shot was f/4 with an ISO of 6000+. Basically the highest I could get it.
As I said, Wounds were great fun to shoot and watch. A really energetic set and the only thing that let it down was the dark lighting. Below is some shots of Wounds that came out half decent:
Up after Wounds was Baby Godzilla. Though they were on after, it was a co headline tour. Baby Godzilla were mental. So crazy. I had to shoot from either side of the venue or I risked getting my camera smashed by a flying guitar or table or get my face sliced open. The Baby Godzilla set consisted of guitars snapping, climbing the building, playing in the bar upstairs and dragging the drum kit and amps into the crowd amongst more rad stuff. The lighting wasn’t any better, apart from some D.I.Y lights hitting the kit.
Here are some shots:
All of the photos from the night are up on my Facebook page.
I definitely think you guys should check out both bands on their Facebook and Twitter.
Can’t wait to shoot them again.