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Damnation Festival 2006

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Kingsize Blues
Kingsize Blues
Murder One
This festival in Manchester is lovingly run by metal enthusiasts and band members, great atmosphere. This is what metal is all about, lots of passion and community.
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Friday, January 20th, 2006

I love festivals, they’re also amazing opportunities for photographers. Not only can you take photos of dozens of bands in one day, but the opportunities for photos of interesting people is endless. Here’s my breakdown of some of the festivals I went to in 2005:


Fantastic festival, it’s all about the atmosphere and people. I love the green fields and hippie values… it’s not at all about the music for me. It is big though, although it’s been much more manageable since the super-fence went up and the numbers came down. I’m very sad that there’s no Glasto in 2006.

V Festival 

Absolutely horrendous, very commercial with no atmosphere. It’s a weekend of relentless high-profile bands. It’s hard work as a photographer, there are buses that take you from stage to stage giving you time to shoot one song before you’re whisked off to the next band. It goes on like that all day. At midnight, everyone is kicked off the site with nothing to do. Great for my portfolio though!


One of my favourite festivals, I’ve been going for years and even had part of my honeymoon there. Very chilled out atmosphere and fantastic musicians. 


All the media are at the Leeds/Reading festival over the same weekend, so Solfest doesn’t get the respect it deserves. I had some of my most chilled out moments of 2005 at Solfest. Very friendly organisers and festival-goers. 

Whitby Musicport 

A small-scale world music festival held at the end of October, which can be rather cold! Good thing it’s held indoors. It’s the high-calibre of bands which makes this such a consistently great festival. 


A small but enthusiastically put together rock festival held in Manchester. Lots of sweaty fun. 

Marsden Jazz Festival 

Very well organised festival set in the beautiful hills of Marsden. I usually go to all the free peripheral gigs, last year I took advantage of a photo pass to capture the higher profile musicians. 


A free festival held in Barnsley. The atmosphere was actually really nice and some great bands played. I did like some of the ‘grim oop north’ shots I captured though! 

Leeds Mela 

A large scale Asian festival held at Roundhay Park in Leeds. I love Asian fashion which can be very photogenic but the music is usually awful. 

Tip#4 Equipment (Flash)

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005
Most big-name bands will not allow you to use flash, assume you can’t use it unless you find out otherwise. Good bands will use a good light show on the whole, and you don’t want to destroy the effect with flash anyway. This means you need good equipment… a DSLR which can shoot at high ISOs without noise and fast lenses.
However, you’ll be able to use flash with almost any band that hasn’t hit the big time. But don’t just flick the inbuilt pop-up flash and fire away, you’ll get bad looking snapshots.
You must use a good external flash capable of bounce and swivel. Don’t point the flash directly at the performers, bounce the light off ceilings and walls. This gives a much more natural effect, direct flash is the work of the devil and looks terrible.
I met a pro photographer recently who carries around a reflector (circular reflective material that folds down), and he bounces his flash off the reflector and onto the performers. Very good idea.
Other people attach a diffuser onto their flash.
I personally hold the camera in my right hand, and hold the flash in my left which is connected by the PC Sync socket. It’s a cheap flash but it works like a charm, I thoroughly recommend it. It’s a Sunpak 383. Here are photos taken using this method: 



Burden of Reality

Burden of Reality



The Seventy 7s

The Seventy 7s

Raging Speedhorn

Raging Speedhorn