Archive for July, 2006

Moor Music Festival

Monday, July 24th, 2006

Pigeon Detectives

Pigeon Detectives

Jack from ‘Idle Jack & The Big Sleep’ tries some acupuncture

Jon Gomm

Jon Gomm

Oova Crew

Devil’s Jukebox

I fancied a change of pace from the larger more corporate festivals I’ve been covering recently, so I headed off to the Moor Music Festival in Ilkley. I’d heard good things about it last year, so I was looking forward to it.
Although I did enjoy myself… the location was fantastic and it was great to relax in (mostly) sunshine and good weather, it has to be said that there are many festivals around which are the same cost or cheaper. These festivals are miles ahead in organisation, quality of bands, atmosphere, variety of stalls, attention to detail, etc. Solfest and Knockengorroch are two festivals that come to mind which are similarly community based and not-for-profit.
One big issue… it’s not good to stop people bringing alcohol into the festival and then allow the only beer tent to run out of most drinks almost immediately.
The Pigeon Detectives brought the event to a close as if a whirlwind hit the festival. Pushy miserable photographers appeared from nowhere. One in particular really wound me up and got under my skin… she’s usually taking photos for Kerrang and I have previously found it not pleasant to be taking photos with her. She was literally pushing me out of the way for photos and sticking her camera in front of mine. I’d been very laid back all weekend, and this attitude really took me by surprise… there was just no need for it. The next time I see her in the pit with me, I’ll tell her that if it happens again, I will shove her out of the way.

Party In The Park

Monday, July 24th, 2006
Duncan James 
McFly 

Maria Lawson

Chico 
Shayne Ward 

I spent the last few days at a music festival in Ilkley, coming back via this free 70,000 pop-fodder event in Leeds wasn’t appealing. I was gobsmacked when virtually every single band mimed. Unbelievable. Even all the instrumentalists, not just the singers.
Chico was particularly amusing, I was finding it hard to stop laughing at him so much from the pit. His lack of talent is staggering. He seems to try to make up for it with delusional but entertaining self-belief.

Sugababes

Friday, July 21st, 2006



Very young audience for this show… lots of five year old girls dressed up with flashing bunny ears. The guy selling them at the entrance must have made a killing.
The support act Jade Gallagher was performing to her home crowd in Liverpool, absolutely wasted on this audience. Great guitar playing, great songs. I liked her spirit.

Good Feedback

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

I got a nice email yesterday from the picture editor in Los Angeles who looks after all the submissions for WireImage and FilmMagic. An extract:
‘hey bob, they looked great, very sharp with good skin tones. I had been working on different concert photos all day and your skin tones were the best’…’so whatever you’re doing i say keep doing it’.
Really nice to have strong positive feedback… I don’t often get a chance to see other photographers’ submissions so it’s nice to know I’m on the right track.