Now the cold weather is well and truly on it’s way (North of the equator), I thought we would look back at the summer festivals I covered this year.
As a music fan come music photographer, I have attended music festivals on/off over the years and through May to July, I covered a three inner city festivals – three local in Newcastle and Gateshead and one at the south of the country in Brighton. Here is a quick rundown on how they went.
Full galleries will be up soon but shouting out to all the acts I caught who are highlighted by name in this post.
Festival season for me started with one of the new kids on the block with Gigs North East/SSD Concerts second year of Meet The North and Hit The North. Prior to the ‘two-day festival,’ there were Opening Parties which featured Jungle, Circa Waves and Drenge. Unfortunately I couldn’t make the opening parties but I did capture the following two days.
Meet The North is the smaller ‘pre festival’ to the bigger Hit The North. Meet The North celebrates emerging artists mainly of the North and showcases them in a handful of intimate venues in Newcastle City Centre. This year I took in Llovers, Cape Cub, Brooke Bentham, Queen Zee, Fever Days, Michael Gallagher, FEHM, Glasvegas, Shy-Talk, JOYYA, Tom Joshua, Connie Constance and No Teeth.
Hit The North, the big brother to Meet the North returned for its second year bringing artists from far and wide of different genres and it sure was a hot one. In order of appearance I caught Fizzy Blood, Sam Fender, Brother Joe, Dylan Cartlidge, Marsicans, Malena Zavala, Bad Sounds, Whenyoung, Blaenavon, Holly Rees, Pale Waves, Zak Younger Banks, Amaroun, Imogen, Anteros, British Sea Power and Detroit Social Club. What a great first bank holiday of 2018 in Newcastle.
A few weeks after, I was lucky to make connections with Kelly Munro from End Of The Trail Records who invited me down to Brighton to cover his labels stage that was in partnership with Radio X at East Street Tap on the Thursday and Friday of the alternative to The Great Escape Festival with The Alternative Escape. Here are the results featuring in order of me capturing them, including one act I saw at a different venue because I really wanted to and that was Brooke Bentham at Fountain Head. At East Street Tap I caught Model Society, Concrete Caverns, Sam Eagle, The Wired, Social Contract, Jekyll, The Caress, 485C, Luvia, Pip Hall, Avalanche Party and Dish Pit.
A last minute opportunity allowed me to get into the ticketed event of The Great Escape with thanks to Vibe Tickets. Having a ticket allowed me to capture some of the best emerging artists that the UK has to offer. I was able to capture on my camera Malena Zavala twice and also Declan McKenna, Johnny Marr, Whenyoung, Swimming Girls, Amaroun and The Wandering Hearts.
Unfortunately due to other commitements back North I could not get the third day in of the festival but I had such a great time and Brighton is amazing so I am sure I will be back again.
As a supporter of new music and local music Evolution Emerging was one I could not pass on, especially being in its tenth year.
Generator did it again with Tipping Point and took over the Ouseburn Valley of Newcastle in venues like The Cluny and Cluny 2, Cumberland Arms, The Tyne Bar, Blast Recording Studios, Little Buildings Venue and Rehearsal Rooms, Backyard Bike Shop, Mustang ‘S’ ALLY, Cobalt Studios Ltdand Tanners Arms.
There were so many wonderful acts and I captured the day the best I could capture the day but unfortunately I couldn’t capture everyone but I do hope at least one of your favourite acts is captured here and maybe you have spotted yourself in the crowd too. venues and YOU, the awesome music lover that keeps live music going ;o) In order of who I saw are: J.P. Riggall, Fever Days, Holly Rees, Lhymes, Sauvage, JOYYA(interview), Jamilah, Deep.Sleep, The Pale White(acoustic), St. Buryan, Michael Gallagher, Dansi, Headclouds, Ghost Signals, Cortney Dixon, Shy-Talk, Eingrengrau, Mouses, Imogen, Tom Joshua, Martha, The Pale White – headline.
Though there are many festivals over the summer months I decided to wind mine down with the Americana Festival known as SummerTyne which is held at Sage, Gateshead. Jumpin’ Hot Club host a free outdoor stage, which unfortunately this year was a bit wet on the Friday but luckily the free stage on the concourse of The Sage hosted by the Americana Music Association UK did not kick off until later so a lot of the entertainment could be brought indoors. As well as the free stages, Hall One, Hall Two and the SummerTyne Lounge held ticketed events. Over the three days I managed to capture Mo Scott Band, Gem Andrews, Charley Crockett, The Wandering Hearts, Lucas & King, Arkansas Dave, Peter Donegan, The Rosellys, William The Conqueror, Jade Bird, Holly Macve, The Blue Highways, The Strange Blue Dreams, Country Legends Pop-up, Foreign Affairs, Hymn For Her on both the free stages, Sarah Darling, Sam Palladio and Striking Matches.