Vennart: King Tut’s, Glasgow

I’d been planning on catching Vennart on tour since it was announced, though was never in a position to bag myself a ticket. As it happened, I moved back to Glasgow the week before the Tut’s show but was still broke and couldn’t afford it.

I was ready to accept that I wasn’t going to make it this time round, but on the morning threw out a tweet basically saying that if anyone had a spare ticket I’d be eternally grateful. Vennart RT’d it, and within a few minutes a guy called Kenny got in touch to say his friend could no longer make it and that it’d be a shame for the ticket to go to waste.

Sorted.

It’s no stretch to say that this year has been a difficult one for me, but one constant aid to me coping was/is the music from this man. I took my camera along, and managed to grab a few photos of one of my heroes. A truly incredible show.

Here’s a selection.

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Sarah & Katie’s Wedding, York

I’ve been to few weddings, and aren’t mad keen on the idea of them in general which is less to do with the folk getting married, and more just the that I’m not a fan of the whole faff of it all.

This wasn’t a faff though, and when Sarah casually invited me over Messenger and pitched it as a big party, it sounded fun and I said I’d be there.

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I stayed in York with Jeffels & Laura and we arrived early to help set up. Sarah & Katie assembled a band so they could play their own party. I got to fill in on bass during the soundcheck which I think is the first time I’d played music with Sarah since we were back in School.

A free bar, & fairy lights everywhere.

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JP leaves Westwood!

I can’t believe it’s 16 years ago since I started college.

6th Form college wasn’t something a place I took to, I couldn’t lock in to the tutors teaching methods and while I was likely capable of doing what was asked of me, it wasn’t freeing or interesting enough, and when I’m not interested in something I become impossible. I think that explains my Media & Photography U grades (results so poor they apparently couldn’t be marked).

I moved to Yorkshire Coast College (Westwood) after being told I couldn’t progress at 6th Form. That’s when I took up Photography & Graphic Design. That went mostly well, and my predicted final grades were Distinctions but after the first year, the day before 2nd year started, I decided it wasn’t enough for me and dropped the course and asked to switch to a Music course instead.

That’s where I first met tutors JP, Paul, and Jim. Tutors who got where we were coming from, understood what we wanted to do and kept as much of the typical class bullshit to a minimum, encouraging to get out there and create opportunities for ourselves and giving us a kick up the arse when we needed it. It’s things like this that clicked with us, and I’m sure is why a lot of us considered them to be friends.

Detailed memory of my time at Westwood is relatively hazy. At one point I was in so many bands I burned out, I drank a lot, and I went through a breakup of a pretty long term relationship.

I eventually completed a course and I think I got a distinction… well, that’s what I put on my CV anyway. I thought that would be me done with Westwood, except by the time I was leaving a band I was in was getting pretty serious and the guitarist & drummer were just starting the course. This ensured I hung out behind the scenes for the next 2 or 3 years.

Staff came and went, but JP and Paul were there through it all and for the years after I properly left. I heard of JP leaving on social media, and went along with Nick for a quick catch up. There was a whole mixup online involving a petition to have JP stay at the college, but he seems perfectly going on to do his Beach Hut Theatre Company, writing and directing full time!

There were a few of us there from back when we were students, and some newer faces that I didn’t recognise, but it was great to all be together for a couple of hours in Indigo Alley, chatting, performing songs and getting to hear JP continue to be the keyboard wizard that he always has been.

The crowd slowly died down and after a few ciders, I headed back with Nick to his to record some sounds.

Here’s a few photos!

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Scarborough: Antikz

Saturday night marked my last social night out in Scarborough before heading out on the road hitching with JAZZebell_ on Monday.

A few of my pals were involved in the Antikz UV Party and I’d managed to bag photo duties.

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I drank water all night, which I’m kinda impressed with given my anxiety earlier on in the evening.

Jazz, Beth, and Dan got involved, and was good to see some other familiar faces before I got gone.

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I think this will be my last night out until I’m back in Glasgow in a few weeks.

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Back to Cathouse

I was staying with my friend Emily during my visit to Glasgow last week, and I managed to sort a shift in Catty so we headed there for a night of it.

When I moved back to Scarborough in January I had a stab at trying to get back into shooting party photos and aside from Por Favor / Rebel Radics, it just ain’t the same. That said, I’m actually heading into town this evening to shoot Antikz so I’m hoping that’s gonna be a good one and I’m gonna do it sober again.

Anyway, here’s some Catty party photos.

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Por Favor at Scarborough Market Hall

The weekend saw Por Favor return to Scarborough with their night of House, Tech House, and Techno.

The last time I photographed these guys, the event was held at the Scarborough Brewery which is a much smaller venue when compared to the Market Hall in the centre of town.

The Market Hall is a huge space and I was sceptical on how the sound would work out, but fortunately I know shit about that and the sound was great and the place was sold out. Rad.

I mostly stayed off the drink too which is rare for me when shooting nights like this and I still had a great time. I think it’s probably one of only a handful of times I’ve not personally had some drama unfold just from fucking existing in this town. So shout out to all the people behind Por Favor for making it happen and for it being a good positive space with everyone just having fun.

Those familiar with my usual club work will notice I shot the DJs without flash. I think the promoters wanted something a little more natural looking for the DJs so I just scrapped all I know on a whim, which could quite easily have been a disaster. Turns out I kinda like it, and I guess not everything has to be shot like it’s a punk gig.

That said I did still take a flash for the crowd stuff ’cause I hate soulless party photos, and the colours almost always look rad with the slower shutter speeds.

For any photographers reading, I shot the DJs using a Fuji Xpro2 shooting at 35mm at f2 without flash, and used a Nikon D610 shooting at 20mm at f9 with flash for the crowd stuff.

Anyway, here’s a selection of photos from the night.

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Zackarias Branzell at The ACT Prague by Photographer Lee Jones

Prague: Zackarias Branzell

A particularly cool thing about crashing in a theatre space is that I get to scope out the performances, and last night I caught Zackarias Branzell’s standup show as his tour stopped off in Prague.

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I feel like it’s a while since I took some photos of a performance. So I grabbed my camera, ate way too many wasabi peas, and drank a few beers.

Zackarias accidentally convinced everyone he was vegan, and then walked in on me taking a piss later in the night. He’s just left and is currently touring, so go check his page out to see where he’s heading.
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