As the year draws to a close I thought I’d have a look back at my top 5 favourite sets of 2011. It’s been an awesome year for me, I’ve achieved quite a few goals and dreams this year and met some great people along the way. Big thanks goes to the great guys at SJC Custom Drums a couple of these moments wouldn’t have been possible without them.
Number 5: The Starting Line, Slam Dunk Festival
The Starting Line are one of my favourite bands but I’d never had chance to see them. Slam Dunk resolved that issue, a great set comprising of all three albums and with no three song limit for photgraphing this was alot of fun to shoot. Check out the full set here.
Number 4: Hanson, IndigO2 London
This was alot of fun to shoot for a number of reasons, I’d never shot in the IndigO2 and discovered my new favourite venue for London, the lighting was perfect and the Hanson lads all in line at the front of the stage made this a really easy and fun shoot, I’m particularly pleased with the shots of their drummer Zac, if only all drummers were at the front of the stage. Check out the full set here.
Number 3: A Day To Remember, HMV Forum London
I think I’ve photographed A Day To Remember a half dozen times but never a headline set so I wasn’t sure what the band would do as top billing. Queue stadium confetti canons, T-shirt gun and zorbing over the crowd accompaning the bands unique pop-punk/hardcore sounds. The fast changing lighting made this set a good challenge but also a hell of alot of fun. Check out the full set here.
Number 2: All Time Low, Sonisphere Festival
This was the first time I photographed on stage at a festival and the first in the drummer series of SJC drums artists. Doing an entire set focused on one member of the band is interesting, especially when it’s the drummer who when shooting from the photo pit is normally hidden behind their kit. Check out the full set here.
Number 1: Bring Me The Horizon, Reading Festival
Reading festival was the first festival I ever went too so shooting on the main stage was a bit of a dream come true. It’s quite a sight to see the crowd in the tens of thousands watching the main stage at Reading and as with All Time Low it’s awesome to spend the entire set focusing on one member of the band. Check out the full set here.