Soundwave Festival Sydney 2015

41 bands, 5 stages, 2 days, 1 storm and 1 exhausted (but happy) photographer pretty much sums up Soundwave Festival Sydney 2015 for me. A few months back I posted a blog with my favourite shots from Soundwave Festival Melbourne, now it’s Sydney’s turn. Soundwave Festival week is always a massive one for any music photographer, but it’s so much fun – not just shooting all the bands, but running into other photographers, meeting the fans and getting to discover so many other great bands that I didn’t already know. It’s always so hard to decide which bands to shoot at …

No Doubt Summer Tour 2009 – California

Where do I start? No Doubt have been my favourite band since I was 10 or 11 years old. I grew up watching their videos on Rage every weekend, collecting clippings from TV Hits magazines, and like every other fan – just really wanting to be Gwen Stefani. In October 2000, No Doubt toured Australia and my parents bought me a ticket to go and see them at Festival Hall in Melbourne with some friends. I was 15, it was my first concert and that night definitely changed my life in so many ways (which I won’t bore you with). They returned in …

Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2015

Last week I photographed Oz Comic-Con in Melbourne for the third year in a row, this time at it’s new home of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The size of the crowd this year was overwhelming at first with Saturday being completely sold out. I spent most of the two days photographing cosplayers dressed as everyone from Game Of Thrones characters to Batman, but also made time to check out some celebrity guest panels. This was definitely the best Oz Comic-Con I’ve been to in Melbourne so far, the larger venue was alot more accommodating and it was easier to …

Travel: Tokyo, Japan

I’ve saved the best for last with my recent Japan trip blogs – Tokyo! My friend and I spent six days there in April, staying in a couple of different districts (details at the end of the blog), and had such an amazing time. Based on what my friends and I did, I’ve put together a little list for everyone: TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN TOKYO 1. Head to the second level of Starbucks in Shibuya, order a coffee, and sit at the window watching the crowds at the famous Shibuya crossing (and tourists almost getting hit by cars trying to …

Travel: Nagoya, Nara and Kyoto – Japan

During our visit to Japan in April, my friend and I knew we wanted to visit both Kyoto and Nara. It was cherry blossom season in Japan and we didn’t realise that everything would be booked out, so we ended up staying in Nagoya which was just under three hours from Tokyo on the Shinkansen. We arrived in Nagoya on a Tuesday afternoon, and used it as our base to do day trips to Kyoto and Nara from there over the next two days (it was just 90 minutes to Kyoto on the Shinkansen). We explored Nagoya in the short amount of …

Travel: Fuji, Japan

During my recent trip to Japan, my friend Dave and I spent a day and a half in Fuji. We had flown in to Tokyo on the Monday, and on Tuesday morning took four trains to get to Kawaguchiko (we later realised that we could have just taken a bus directly from Shibuya). The whole train trip we were looking out for a glimpse of Mt Fuji, and when we got off the train at Kawaguchiko station we definitely didn’t expect such an amazing view. Visiting Fuji was such a great experience – we visited the Kawaguchiko Ropeway, the Fuji Sengen Jinja Shrine, …

Travel: Kanamara Matsuri Festival, Japan

While visiting Japan in April, I happened to be in Tokyo on the weekend of the Kanamara Matsuri Festival, aka the ‘Festival of the Steel Phallus’. While my friends back home were celebrating Easter with their families, I was following three giant portable penis shrines through the streets of Kawasaki. The festival was held at the Kanayama Shrine where they had market stalls selling everything penis-shaped that you can think of, and the money raised went to HIV research. The main festival area was lined with locals and tourists, and the crowds were so crazy that we ended up leaving the …

Soundwave Festival Melbourne 2015

Soundwave Festival is over for another year (so sad!), and this year I photographed both the Melbourne and Sydney legs of the festival. This year it was spread over two days, meaning that bands could play longer sets, and as a photographer it was alot easier to cover the insane amount of bands on the bill. In two days I shot 37 bands over five different stages – it was sweaty, exhausting, but as always it was amazing. My highlights to shoot were Marilyn Manson (there’s a fascination with his image that makes him so interesting to photograph), Steel Panther (these …

Following The Smashing Pumpkins on tour

The Smashing Pumpkins have been one of my favourite bands for years and I’ve been lucky enough to be able to follow them on tour a number of times and shoot some of their shows. Since we’re leading up to their next Australian tour for Soundwave Festival, I thought I’d share some of my favourite images I’ve taken on their tours from 2008, 2010 and 2012. If you’d like to see more, you can view them on my Flickr.     2008 ‘Zeitgeist’ Tour I’d seen Billy Corgan play live at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne in 2005 for his …

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2015

Last weekend I photographed St Jerome’s Laneway Festival for the fifth year in a row at the Footscray Community Arts Centre in Melbourne. Laneway is one of my favourite festivals to shoot every year, regardless of whether or not I’m a fan of anyone on the line-up, I know I’ll always discover some great new artists – this year for me it was FKA Twigs, Royal Blood, St Vincent, BANKS, and Perfect Pussy who were my highlights. Aside from the music thought, it’s really the scenery and the fans that make the day. Here’s some of my favourite shots of …