Highlights Of 2015

2015 was a pretty good year for gigs, here’s some quick stats:

• I photographed 149 bands, at 18 different venues in Melbourne and Sydney
• 100 of these were bands I had never shot before
• I attended 36 gigs, 27 of these I photographed
• I photographed 7 festivals (4 of these were music festivals)
• Tour of the year for me: Smashing Pumpkins

I think 2015 will always be remembered (for me anyway) as the year that Soundwave Festival ended. It was always the highlight of my year, and honestly I’m pretty upset that I don’t have it to look forward to in 2016. Most of my favourite shots from this year were taken at Soundwave, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to shoot both the Melbourne & Sydney leg of the festival this year.

Here’s a 50 of my favourite shots or moments from 2015. I feel like we get so used to looking at tiny photos on Instagram that a ‘best of’ blog post is the digital version of an exhibition. Next step: perhaps have another exhibition in 2016?

Faith No More - Soundwave Festival

Faith No More – Soundwave Festival

Karnivool - Corner Hotel

Karnivool – Corner Hotel

Killer Be Killed - Soundwave Festival

Killer Be Killed – Soundwave Festival

Judas Priest - Soundwave Festival

Judas Priest – Soundwave Festival

Die Antwoord - Trak Lounge

Die Antwoord – Trak Lounge

Bo Ningen - Sugar Mountain Festival

Bo Ningen – Sugar Mountain Festival

Marilyn Manson - Soundwave Festival

Marilyn Manson – Soundwave Festival

Megan Washington - 170 Russell

Megan Washington – 170 Russell

George Maple - 170 Russell

George Maple – 170 Russell

Swans - Sugar Mountain Festival

Swans – Sugar Mountain Festival

Soundgarden - Soundwave Festival

Soundgarden – Soundwave Festival

Perfect Pussy - Laneway Festival

Perfect Pussy – Laneway Festival

Bolzer - 170 Russell

Bolzer – 170 Russell

Slipknot - Soundwave Festival

Slipknot – Soundwave Festival

Devin Townsend Project - 170 Russell

Devin Townsend Project – 170 Russell

FKA Twigs - Laneway Festival

FKA Twigs – Laneway Festival

The Amity Affliction - Rod Laver Arena

The Amity Affliction – Rod Laver Arena

Josh Pyke - Bella Union

Josh Pyke – Bella Union

Fear Factory - Soundwave Festival

Fear Factory – Soundwave Festival

Watain - 170 Russell

Watain – 170 Russell

Little Dragon - Laneway Festival

Little Dragon – Laneway Festival

Incubus - Soundwave Festival

Incubus – Soundwave Festival

St Vincent - Laneway Festival

St Vincent – Laneway Festival

Jebediah - Corner Hotel

Jebediah – Corner Hotel

Banks - Laneway Festival

Banks – Laneway Festival

Thy Art Is Murder - Corner Hotel

Thy Art Is Murder – Corner Hotel

Crossfaith - Soundwave Festival

Crossfaith – Soundwave Festival

Adalita - Melbourne Town Hall

Adalita – Melbourne Town Hall

The Preatures - 170 Russell

The Preatures – 170 Russell

Ryan Adams - Forum Theatre

Ryan Adams – Forum Theatre

Hellyeah - Corner Hotel

Hellyeah – Corner Hotel

Chris Cornell - Palais Theatre

Chris Cornell – Palais Theatre

August Burns Red - 170 Russell

August Burns Red – 170 Russell

Colossvs - Corner Hotel

Colossvs – Corner Hotel

The Amity Affliction - Rod Laver Arena

The Amity Affliction – Rod Laver Arena

Steel Panther - Soundwave Festival

Steel Panther – Soundwave Festival

Ministry - Soundwave Festival

Ministry – Soundwave Festival

Backstreet Boys - Rod Laver Arena

Backstreet Boys – Rod Laver Arena

The Wombats - Margaret Court Arena

The Wombats – Margaret Court Arena

Courtney Barnett - Laneway Festival

Courtney Barnett – Laneway Festival

Marilyn Manson and Smashing Pumpkins - Soundwave Festival

Marilyn Manson and Smashing Pumpkins – Soundwave Festival

Slash - Soundwave Festival

Slash – Soundwave Festival

Motionless In White - Rod Laver Arena

Motionless In White – Rod Laver Arena

Lamb Of God - Soundwave Festival

Lamb Of God – Soundwave Festival

Behemoth - 170 Russell

Behemoth – 170 Russell

Northlane - 170 Russell

Northlane – 170 Russell

Smashing Pumpkins - Soundwave Festival

Smashing Pumpkins – Soundwave Festival

Def Leppard - Rod Laver Arena

Def Leppard – Rod Laver Arena

Loon Lake - Corner Hotel

Loon Lake – Corner Hotel

Soundwave Festival

Soundwave Festival

 


 

It’s too hard to pick my top 5 favourite gigs for the year, so I’ll just name the stand out moment. It was Soundwave week, and as well as photographing the festival in Melbourne & Sydney I was also following Smashing Pumpkins on tour and was going to see them four times that week (they were one of the headliners of Soundwave). I had entered a competition on Facebook to win tickets to a private performance by Billy Corgan in Sydney, and I won!

In the afternoon before the show, ten of us were escorted in to the foyer of the Big Top at Luna Park where Billy and some empty seats were waiting for us. He spent half an hour answering all our questions and talking about the band and the music industry, and then he played three songs for us acoustic – Today, Perfect and Dorian. As we were leaving the performance and walking back through Luna Park, my friend and I spotted Billy sitting against one of the rides by himself, checking his phone. Everyone else had walked off, so we took the quick opportunity to ask for an autograph. He signed the cover of Mixdown Magazine that I had with me, with my photo of him on the cover from the 2012 Smashing Pumpkins tour.

I’ll never forget that afternoon.

Billy Corgan - Horden Pavilion private performance

Billy Corgan – Horden Pavilion private performance

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