Archive for the 'Atmosphere' Category

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.

T In The Park

Saturday, July 15th, 2006





Although I’m not a fan of most of the bands featured at T In The Park, the fact that passes were pretty difficult to get hold of and that the festival is one of the biggest festivals in the North made me want to go. I ended up working for BBC Scotland, which was a fantastic experience. Accomodation and catering were included… I can’t go on about the on-site catering enough! The press in general were also looked after with loads of free beer and food. The BBC guys were fantastic to work with, very open and friendly.

O2 Wireless Festival

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006





The obligatory atmposphere shots from the festival… although festivals without camping never really have the feel of a proper festival.

Download - Panorama

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006


While I was on the main stage at Download just before Bullet For My Valentine, I took a few photos of the crowd which I turned into a panorama. If you want to take a look at it, I’ve put it here: http://www.eyesopen.co.uk/panorama
It will take a while to load, it’s about 2 Mb so I’d only have a look if you have broadband or are very patient.
The original file has twice the amount of detail, it’s a 75Mb file!