2014 - A Select Few

In 2014 I discovered Taylor Swift is incredible, Canadians are wonderful, Glastonbury is weird and Aston Villa are still dreadful. Anyway, here are my favourite 10 photographs from 2014 (click on the photo for a bigger version):

Jake Bugg, Glastonbury Festival, UK.

This shot was taken behind Jake Bugg whilst he was performing Broken during his headline slot on The Other Stage at Glastonbury. I’ll never be able to put into words how incredible it was to be looking out to that many people singing back every word to an artist who is a few months younger than myself. The photograph ended up being a double spread in the NME Glastonbury special. You can read about my highlights and thoughts on my first ever Glastonbury here.

Johnny Marr & Noel Gallagher, Brixton Academy, London.

Oasis released their debut album two weeks after I had celebrated my 1st birthday and The Smiths released their fourth & final album 6 years before I was born. Despite missing out on two of the biggest bands England has ever spawned I understood the magnitude of this occasion and this was the first job in a short while where I was really fucking nervous. Luckily Johnny gave me ‘the eyes’ as he hugged Noel when they were departing the stage and I got the shot below. I also met Noel backstage afterwards and all I could mutter was “well played…”.

Tom Meighan & Sergio Pizzorno, The Big Top, Ireland.

I was mid-tour with Wolf Alice when I got a phone call from NME asking if I wanted to shoot a feature with Kasabian in Ireland where they were doing a small tour to warm-up for the monster summer that included a 50000 capacity show in Leicester and a Glastonbury headline slot. I ended up shooting a few things with the Kasabian boys over the upcoming months but this photograph is still a stand out for me. I wrote a little piece about the trip here.

Blink-182, Leeds Festival, UK.

Shooting Blink-182 was one of those experiences that I longed for as a kid. My 14 year old self would’ve absolutely shit himself if he knew he was ever going to photograph them. Seven years later happened and it was pretty jokes. For nostalgia purposes this photograph made the top 10 cut!

Lykke Li, Open’er Festival, Poland.

My first time to Poland. We were in a beautiful hotel right on the beach for five days with a really great bunch of people and we were all quick to admit that our pre-conceptions of Poland had been dashed and won over us with it’s beautiful beaches, lovely people and a great festival in Open’er. Lykke Li’s set was a stand out set over the four day festival and I managed to get this shot between songs when not a lot was happening.

Mac Demarco, Øya Festival, Norway.

Man, I love Scandinavia. The people rule, the chocolate is incredible and you could eat your dinner off of the pavement. Oslo was beautiful and can’t wait to go back! I was sent out to cover Øya Festival for NME and in particular to shoot a double page spread of Mac Demarco. Unfortunately this shot wasn’t chose to run as the DPS but it’s still one of my favourite images of the year. It has a slight feel of ‘Spinal Tap’ to it…

The Killers, V Festival, UK.

I met my current girlfriend at The Killers’ show at London’s Hammersmith Apollo back in November 2013 when I was photographing the show. A few months later I was covering them again during their main stage headline slot at V Festival. I had three songs from the pit and four from side of stage. Similarly to the Jake Bugg experience, it was incredible seeing a sea of people and sharing the stage with one of the world’s biggest bands. This is the only photograph from side of stage that Brandon Flowers didn’t embargo…

Wolf Alice, Glastonbury Festival, UK.

Another one from Glastonbury. Here’s Wolf Alice within seconds of them coming off stage after their Glastonbury debut. I had spent an incredible few weeks on the road with one of England’s most promising bands a month prior to Glastonbury and this set really topped it all off. Can’t wait to work with them again in the near future!

Jungle, Peckham rooftop, London.

To celebrate the release of their debut album Jungle planned to play a show on a rooftop in Peckham. The view of London was incredible, the setting made for some great photographs and it was just the start of an incredible rest of the year for the band.

The Libertines, Alexandra Palace, London.

The Libertines reformed and everybody lost their shit. Three shows at Alexandra Palace followed and I was lucky enough to be asked to photograph two dates of the three. I had never really been into The Libertines when I was growing up but seeing thousands of people young and old losing their mind was incredible. On the second date I had a lot more access which included three from the pit, two from the mixing desk and two songs from side of stage.

Big love to everybody that I’ve worked with this year. Here’s to 2015!

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