This year I photographed Deni Bluesfest (the sister festival to Byron Bay Bluesfest) for the first time, and it was a fantastic experience! Only a few hours drive from Melbourne, this was probably the most laid back festival I have ever attended. The staff and festival goers were all very friendly, and as VIPs we were very well looked after. I had a great time and would highly recommend this festival to anyone who doesn’t want to travel to Byron Bay for Bluesfest – it’s on a smaller scale, but that makes the festival much easier to get around. John …
This year I shot VAMFF (previously LMFF) aka Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival for Fashion Journal. Here’s some of my shots from the RMIT Student Runway – which is always my favourite. You can view the rest on Flickr.
One of my favourite bands is Placebo, and when it was announced in 2013 that they would be doing the Soundwave tour again for their new album Loud Like Love, I knew I had to follow them on tour and photograph it. My friend Dave and I decided to fly to Sydney for their Soundwave sideshow, and I would try to photograph Soundwave in Sydney purely just as another chance to see them. So I flew up on a Saturday night, crashed at a friend’s house, and headed out to shoot a ridiculous amount of bands, just waiting for 3:00pm …
Soundwave Melbourne round two! It was the end of a massive week of shooting, editing and Red Bulls, but I did it. Here’s a ‘best of’ of Melbourne photos, and you can view the rest on my Flickr.
This year I flew to Sydney to shoot Soundwave Festival for Metal Obsession, and it was pretty epic. I ended up shooting 28 bands on the day (almost double what I would shoot for other single day festivals). Thankfully because I knew I would be shooting the Melbourne leg, and this one I was shooting for a metal website, it made it a bit easier to plan my timetable. In other words, shoot as many heavy/metal bands on the bill that I could, and leave all the others for Melbourne. There were a few exceptions to this though such as …
This year I was the official photographer for Saltar Hype’s Rock The Bay festival at The Espy again. Here’s some of my favourite shots.
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is one of my favourite festivals to shoot every year – the music, the people and the atmosphere are always fantastic. Here’s some of my favourite shots from this year, and you can check out the rest on Flickr.
Another year, another Big Day Out in Melbourne. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t the best to start a summer festival, but it was a nice change from the 40 degree days we’ve had in previous years when I almost fainted from carrying too much camera gear! Highlights from the day for me were Arcade Fire, Bo Ningen, Deftones and Major Lazer. Unfortunately only two photographers were allowed to shoot Pearl Jam, so I had to get a sneaky shot from the crowd instead. You can view the full set photos on my Flickr.
For New Year’s Eve I photographed Falls Festival again for The Music Network for the third year in a row. I always have a great time there, the people are great, and the bands are even better. Here’s a selection of some of my favourite shots from the four days, and if you like what you see there’s more on my Flickr.
I went to ALOT of great gigs this year, but here are some shots from some of my favourites. If you’d like to see more, you can view them on Flickr.