I only found out about this event days before it took place, thanks to a post from the Saturday headliners REWS. A live music event which also intended to showcase gig photography, it was actually a three-day event, with the Friday being a sort-of preview intended for those in the gig photo business to get together and ‘network’ while bands played. With my nights out currently rationed and having to be scheduled in advance, I made sure I was going to be there to see REWS play. The Saturday was an all-day event, with bands playing from midday through until 11pm, but as it turned out I was detained at home until around 7pm, meaning I couldn’t get to see much of the bill. As I was going primarily to see the rock duo though, it wasn’t a biggie.
I got to Constellations, a bar with a back room for live bands set in what looked like a former industrial unit in the Baltic Triangle area (close to Hangar 34, mentioned in the previous post) to find none other than Shauna and Collette of REWS posing by a mural nearby, taking selfies. They seemed happy to hear at least one person had come specifically to see them (!) though of course had it not been for their post, I’d not have known about this event anyway. It had little publicity, being independently-organised and after entering and watching one of the bands (a guitar-orientated, but indie-leaning quartet) I took in the exhibition that was also in place down the side of the hall. Showcasing some pretty good live gig photos from both big-time shows and smaller local gigs, this was an event aimed at giving budding gig snappers something to shoot without having to worry about photo passes. As such, I should have brought my own (ageing!) DSLR, but I’d gone as a gig punter rather than photographer so took the usual digital compact.
A short time later I got talking to one of these DSLR-toting snappers, who turned out to be the organiser of the event! A Wirral-based gig snapper called Georgia Flynn, she explained the reason for putting on this event and was happy to talk techie camera stuff to someone whom she probably didn’t realise was an old photo geek who used to develop E6* for a living (!) I did tell her I liked to take the odd snap for this blog, and she gave me her web URL where her work is displayed. After watching another band and observing the stream of DSLR users heading to the stage I took another look around before the penultimate band came on, who were Himalayas from Cardiff. I’ve seen these guys before when they supported Marmozets at the o2 Academy earlier in the year, so knew what to expect – indie-esque, but plenty of wallop from Jimmy Page lookalike guitarist Mike Griffiths and drummer James Goulbourn. Frontman Joe Williams gave the snappers plenty to shoot when he took an off-stage walkabout near the end, as well as stand on the bass drum in true rock fashion! A good live band worth seeing, though they were getting rather a muted reception from a floor filled with people aiming to get a good photo as much as take in a gig.
I was of course there for REWS who had come out onto the floor during Himalayas’ set, getting a bit of attention from a few punters who wanted pics with the girls. After a short period of setting up they kicked into life with a set of at least eleven songs, mostly drawn from their ‘Pyro’ album. Guitarist Shauna Tohill was a blur of energy on the stage, making the most of the (decently-sized) stage since she had most of it to herself! Meanwhile Collette Williams set about hammering her way through this set with nifty rhythms, which had your correspondent attempting to drum along using the edge of the stage as a ‘snare’, particularly during ‘Miss You In The Dark’! Having seen the duo once before at the Shipping Forecast across town, I knew what to expect, but this was a particularly enjoyable performance. Though I made sure to get plenty of snaps on the digital compact, I had a good headbang as well! Once again, most present were there in a photography capacity and although they got a few cheers from the floor (particularly from this direction) it did feel more like an industry showcase, which I suppose it was!
Nevertheless it was a storming performance from Shauna and Collette, which must have pleased organiser Georgia who told me beforehand she’d booked them because she particularly wanted a female act to close the evening. If you’re reading this, Georgia – I can think of a few others to recommend to you 😉
Hopefully this event will grow in the future, it deserves to become a fixture on Liverpool’s live scene especially since the focus (sorry!) is on giving people a chance to try their hand at photographing live music. There was another day devoted to acoustic acts on the Sunday, sadly real life intervened again so I couldn’t attend that day.
Presented below are some shots I took of REWS during their set, for the photo geeks I used an (older) Olympus SZ-16 compact at either 800 or 1600 ISO (the light was actually pretty good for such an event, and was a consistent colour – none of the dreaded ‘red light of death’ seen at so many gigs now!) and because of the black clothes worn by many of the acts, REWS included, I tend to under-expose by 1/3 to 2/3 stop so that the camera isn’t thrown by over-compensating, and burning out the faces of the performers.
For more about Shout About It please click this link:
Let’s Shout About It
To visit Georgia Flynn’s own photography website:
Georgia Flynn Creative
Finally, thanks to Georgia herself for my post-gig snap with Shauna and Collette!