A while back I shot the Legendary De La Soul in Sheffield. Supported by DJ Pete Rock and Renegade Brass Band, ensured a packed O2 that ate up every classic served up to them.Read More
I always enjoy shooting in Sheffield. The City is always great, the other photographers are always cool and the people tend to follow the same trend. There was a mix up with the passes, but the guys at The Leadmill sorted things out for me quickly. The amount of times I have seen people be dicks when their passes are not there is pretty high, but it is a simple thing, be nice, remember it is not the person at the venue's fault and be patient. If you follow these simple rules you have a much higher chance of people wanting to help you out and less chance of people thinking you are a dick.
The Leadmill is up there with Rock City as one of my favourite places to watch a show. The Dandy Warhols came to Sheffield for the first time in a while, supported by Dark Horses. A show that was too good to miss.
The fact that The Dandy Warhols, like The Brian jonestown Massacre, continue to make music that endures and innovates, long after the mainstream media has left the alone is one of the reasons that they are still so captivating as a band.
Now look at the photos below and then go and watch Dig, which is still possibly the best music documentary of all time.
"You can get a minute with him after his set". Just like that, I was set to photograph one of the most influential producers of Hip Hop's golden age. I checked the space I would have to shoot, which was a bog standard dressing room, luckily, with a plain grey wall.
After a brief hello, I set to work, hand holding my flash. 6 shots later, I was done. I thanked him for his time and for making some of my favourite hip hop tracks of all time, before leaving him to enjoy the steel city.
I spent this last weekend battling heat exhaustion and my inability to navigate my way anywhere, During the baking hot weekend I managed to get lost frequently and walk about 2 miles longer than I needed to when going between Devonshire Green and The Leadmill. On the plus side everyone was friendly and helped me with my directional plight.
It felt like the whole city came out for the festival, it was a beautiful weekend for sunbathing and chilling with a cold beer, it was not so good for lugging camera gear between venues when the weather was reaching for 30 degrees. This heat made being inside the Corporation almost unbearable. Everyone and everything was sweating, the floor was wet and the ceiling dripping. The crowds didn't care though and no matter what the venue, the crowds were huge and everyone was in the mood to have a good time.
The only thing that put a damper on the weekend for some was the queues that formed for several of the venues later in the day, leaving many on the pavement while the headline acts played at The Leadmill.
It was the first time i have shot Tramlines and strangely, although the venues were spread across the city it didn't feel disconnected. I am looking forward to Tramlines 2015, I just hope the weather is a little cooler next year.