Playing out with Playing House

Sunny afternoon in south London with awesome alt-pop trio

Chase & Status @ Manchester Apollo

The lovely folks over at Mixmag sent me over to Manchester for Chase & Status' live return.

Green Day @ Leeds Arena

Opening night of the Revolution Radio tour

Menace Beach photoshoot

Editorial shoot with one of my favourite Leeds bands

2016 in pictures

A look back at the past 12 months

Biffy Clyro @ Leeds Arena: Final show of 2016

What better way to end the year than photographing my favourite band on their latest Arena tour?

Jack Garratt @ Manchester Apollo

Header over to my favourite venue last month to catch Jack Garratt's sold out show.

Steel Panther @ Manchester Arena: Hair, Spandex and Filth

Back to manchester for some good old balls-out rock and roll

Jamie T @ Leeds Academy

Mr Treys' brought his Trick tour to Leeds

Feeder @ Manchester Ritz. Back with a bang!

It's been a long four years...

Billie Marten photoshoot

Location shoot with charismatic singer-songwriter

OnRoundhay 2016

Live music made a fantastic return to Roundhay Park

Strange Waves 2016

Inaugural one-dayer at Manchester Ritz

Glass Mountain hangs

Outstanding new Bradford band

Katherine Jenkins @ Bolton Abbey

Possibly the most civilised show I've ever shot.

Leeds Festival 2016

Back for round seven - featuring five headliners!

Ocean Colour Scene @ Millennium Square: 20 years of Moseley Shoals

"When you find that things are getting wild, don't you want days like these?"

The Cribs and friends @ Millennium Square

huge home-from-homecoming show for Wakey's finest.

Best Kept Secret Festival 2016

Headed back to The Netherlands to photograph this absolute gem of a festival

Hanging out with Esper Scout

I recently had the fortune of spending an hour with the wonderful Esper Scout for an editorial shoot

Biffy Clyro @ Headrow House: Exclusive acoustic show

Had the pleasure of being invited down to take some shots of Biffy Clyro performing an intimate acoustic set in Leeds. The show was only available to ticket holders for this years Leeds Festival (which Biffy are due to headline), and provided the…

LewRey press shoot

Fresh morning shoot with eclectic duo

FANS Press Shoot

Promo shoot with Bradford noise pop trio

James @ Leeds Arena

Madchester heroes hit Leeds on their "Girl at the End of the World" tour

Sunspots press shoot

Early morning shoot with awesome new Leeds indie rock quartet

65daysofstatic press shoot

working with the cult quartet for their latest release: No Man's Sky.

Weezer @ Manchester Academy. Finally!

"What's with these homies, dissing my girl?"

An evening with Colin Stetson

Spent a couple of hours with one of the worlds greatest Saxophonists

Autobahn shoot for Foxes magazine

Exploring Leeds glamorous side..

Litany editorial shoot

Studio-style shoot with electro-ambient duo.

Altar Hanglands press shoot

Spent a couple of hours in Leeds with a great new alternative artist

Jess Glynne @ Manchester Apollo

Another great show at my favourite venue

Lucy Spraggan - winter 2015 shoot

I was lucky enough to work with the wonderful Lucy Spraggan at the back end of 2015 on her Tour and EP artwork.

Marina & The Diamonds @ Leeds Academy: feeling nostalgic

Six years ago I had the opportunity to photograph Marina for the first time. Little did I know at the time how well shooting that show would serve me.

Ilkley Cinema: a refreshing approach

I made the short trip to Ilkley to see first hand what the buzz behind the new cinema was all about.

Tame Impala @ Manchester Arena: a bold step

Awesome night of neo-pyschedelia

Cat Scott "In Transition" @ The Record Café, Bradford

Headed down to The Record Café for hangs with the awesome Cat Scott, and to check out her awesome Sci-Art exhibition, "In Transition".

The Libertines @ Manchester Arena

Caught the second date of the UK tour - along with every other music photographer north of Stoke, it would seem.

Slaves @ Leeds Academy: the boys are stepping up

Got to hang with Tunbridge Wells' finest for the first date of their rescheduled tour

Hozier @ Manchester Apollo: And we're off!

Kicking 2016 off at my favourite venue. That'll do.

2015 in pictures

It's that time of year again when I reflect on the past 12 months

Mumford & Sons @ Leeds Arena: the fairground shooting gallery

A somewhat disappointing final show of 2015.

Alt-J @ Leeds Arena

One of my final shows of 2015, photographing one of the first acts I shot at the start of the year - the homecoming of Leeds most successful export of recent years.

Behind the scenes with Everything Everything

I arranged to spend a couple of hours with Everything Everything during the soundcheck for the homecoming finale of their latest tour at Manchester Apollo. Over the past twelve months EE have been a mainstay on my Spotify. I reacquainted myself with…


After months - maybe years - of discussing doing a shoot, me and Tia finally managed to get into the studio, and it was rad.

Imagine Dragons @ Leeds Arena

After a handful of tough gigs, I was in need of an easy-shooting, well-lit Arena show - Imagine Dragons duly obilged.

Catfish and The Bottlemen @ Manchester Apollo: so much promise

One of those nights where, as a photographer, if you didn't laugh you'd probably cry.

An afternoon with Ex-Easter Island Head

The guys over at Loud and Quiet magazine sent me over to Liverpool to a couple…

Eagles of Death Metal @ Leeds Beckett SU: A sombering reflection

I've been deliberating exactly how to approach this post in light of recent events for the past few days

Bullet For My Valentine @ York Barbican

Can't beat shooting proper Rock/Metal bands.

James Bay @ Manchester Apollo: not just any old singer songwriter

Fantastic artist. Fantastic show. Fantastic venue.

White Royal

Studio shoot with Leeds ambient-pop trio.

Florence + The Machine @ Sheffield Arena: Second start

A second attempt to get gig season up and running


Churches, hearses, balloons and smoke machines.

Future Islands @ Manchester Academy: Back to the grind

What better way to kick of gig season? Well, maybe some lights..

Leeds Festival 2015

Back again...

Best Kept Secret Festival 2015

For a good few years I've been itching to scratch 'shoot a foreign festival' from my bucket list

Blur @ Blackpool Empress Ballroom (and my rambling thoughts on stardom)

“John’s got Brewer’s droop - he get’s intimated by the dirty pigeons. They love a bit of it.”


Had the pleasure of working with Narcs on their latest set of press shots.

NME Radar Shoot: Hooton Tennis Club

Fucking about on a boat with a camera, beer and an 80s glam rock soundtrack in the name of contemporary Journalism? Go on then.

Live at Leeds 2015

Had a ball photographing Live at Leeds again for NME this year.

Rosenthal Press Shoot

Headed down to Sheffield to spend a couple of hours with Danish singer-songwriter Rosenthal to shoot some press shots for his latest EP, Heart.

Rupert Stroud

Ventured out into the wintery Yorkshire wilderness for my first shoot of 2015

Actor Headshots - Cara Wilson

I'm constantly trying to turn my hand to new challenges, so I was delighted when I had the opportunity to shoot some actor headshots for an aspiring Leeds-based actress back in November.

2014 review

Here are a few of my personal favourites from what has been a mixed-bag of a year for me.

A year at the NME

This week I've hit a milestone I'm very proud of - completing my first year as an NME photographer.

Reviewed: Maclocks MacBook Pro Retina Cover

Something a little different from me, and hopefully something that will help a few people out, too. I've decided to review a cool product I stumbled upon on the Internet at the beginning of the year - The Maclocks MacBook Pro Retina 15" Rubberised…

Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld

Recently I was approached by the lovely folks over at Opera North to cover a few shows for them. This was a cool opportunity for me to try something different - get myself out of my comfort zone, so to speak.

Man Can't Fly shoot

My ol' pals Man Can't Fly are back with a new sound, and needed some new press shots to accompany them.

Pulled Apart By Horses album launch

These last few months I've been thinking much more about expanding my photographic horizons. Don't get me wrong, shooting gigs is awesome, but sometimes it would be good to photograph something that's not you're usual "first three, no flash". As it…

Borough Market

A few weeks back I headed down to London for the day. After enjoying awesome food and coffee down Carnaby Street, I headed down to the South bank for a short meeting. I had a few hours to kill before my train back north, so it seemed like the perfect…

New Delta photo shoot

Headed up onto the beautiful Yorkshire Moors for a photo shoot with the awesome New Delta. and a Chesterfield sofa. Although New Delta is very much a new venture, I've known the guys in the band for years. Their previous bands…

In the studio with Pulled Apart By Horses

I spent a few hours at Greenmount Studios with Leeds best jumpy screamy band whilst they put the finishing touches on their third album, Blood.

A day with The Dunwells

I caught up with The Dunwells for the grand finale of their "Light Up The Skies" Tour at Leeds Town Hall.

First day of summer

So last week saw the first bank holiday weekend of the year, and with it came glorious weather. As is customary in Britain, I headed into the garden with a disposable BBQ, meat and beer. Oh, and my camera. And my dog.

Revista Mock Feature

So it turns out I've been listed as one of the "Top 10 Contemporary International Rock Photographers" as part of a cool feature on Argentinian music website Revista Mock. The list - put together by the awesome Argentinian photographer Matías Altbach …

Sigma 50mm f1.4 DG HSM

I raised an eyebrow when Sigma announced the next lens in it's rejuvenated arsenal of high-class 'Art' glass. And today I raised my other eyebrow at the price... This new lens' older brother - the 35mm f1.4 DG HSM - converted me back from the…


Caught up with the guys from 65dos the other week for a feature shoot for the awesome Loud And Quiet magazine. It was pretty cool to chat with the guys about their upcoming 10th anniversary gig over a brew in their rather cosy rehearsal room. I started…

New Toy - Fujifilm X20

In all honesty, I was amazed with the ease of use of the camera, and the quality of images. I was a little nervous when I bought it that it may only be suitable for holiday snaps, but having played around with it a bit I'm sure it'll come in handy when…

A sad day

Genuinely gutted to be writing this. As of last Friday, The Fly magazine closed it's doors for the final time, having delivered cutting-edge music journalism for the past 15 years. I'm truly honoured to have been part of the team for the past couple of…

New Website

So I've finally got round to sorting my website out! I've been toying with trying various website solutions over the past few years. Whilst I was happy with the design of my old site, it wasn't easy to manage. All the standard pages were hard coded…

Warpaint @ O2 Academy, Leeds

I've shot some tough gigs in the past, but this has to be amongst the toughest. I shot Warpaint for the first time a few years back at Leeds Festival, and on that occasion they were quite difficult to cover - lots of ambient light, but not much on the…

London Grammar @ O2 Academy, Leeds

Another band championed by 6music, London Grammar are fast building a strong reputation as the next significant UK ambient-trip-hop act. These guys did a mammoth festival effort last summer and I tried to catch them on various occasions. Unfortunately…

Phoenix @ Manchester Academy

Phoenix are one of those bands I've not really made that much attention to, if I'm honest. It's not that I dislike them - quite the opposite - I'd just never really given them chance.

Frank Turner @ Phones 4U Arena, Manchester

So far, gigs in 2014 haven't come as thick and fast as previous years for me, so this was a perfect opportunity to get back in the swing of things with a big, well lit Arena show.

Stephen Malkmus @ Manchester Gorilla

90s indie icon back in Manc. Was chuffed to bits when the NME asked me to cover this one – I’ve been really getting into early 90s grunge/lo-fi rock of late, and it’s a sound thats making a bit of a resurgence at the minute. Pavement and Sonic…

Latest Published Work – Jan 2014

Quick squizz at some of my published work from the past few months. Jay-Z – The Observer / The Independent, October 2013 Managed to sell quite a few shots to the national papers over the past few months, but one of my personal highlights was getting a…

Kurt Vile @ The Brudenell, Leeds

In the run up to Christmas I was surprised to receive a very awesome email from the people at the NME inviting me to take some pictures for them.

Modo Stare Phootshoot

If you’ve not heard of Modo Stare, then I’ll forgive you. Actually, scratch that. I shaln’t forgive you – I’ll pity you. Pity you HARD. If you are into electro-ambient music, you need this band in your life. There is no simpler way to put it.

2013 review

I was really keen to improve the quality of my images in 2013. At the start of the year, I was aware that a few of my live shots were starting to look a bit samey – I’d been paying more attention to getting my shots sharp, and the creativity of my…

The Cribs @ O2 Academy, Leeds

After a very hectic year, photographing The Cribs at Leeds Academy seemed like a great way to sign off for 2013. I…

Haim @ Leeds Met SU

Haim (it’s pronounced Hime – not Hame – apparently) are fast becoming with of the standout artists of the year. Having won the BBC sound of 2013, they’ve heavily toured debut album Days Are Gone, as well as putting in several notable festival appearanc

Peace @ Leeds Met SU

My favourite band of 2013 supporting my fave band of 2012? Go on then. Ok, perhaps to say Peace were my favourite band of 2012 is a bit strong, but they are certainly up there. Definitely top 3. This gig had all the hallmarks of a bittersweet experience…

The Darkness @ 53 Degrees, Preston

Lowestoft’s finest bring their arena show to the small stage.I’ll never get bored of photographing The Darkness – they’re a music photographers wet dream. Hair and guitars flying around, lycra, constant crowd interaction and (usually) more light…

Arcade Fire @ Empress Ballroom, Blackpool

Following dates in London, Glasgow, Germany, France and Belgium, the Reflektor Warm-Up tour came to a flamboyant close in Blackpool. For those not familiar with Arcade Fire’s latest jaunt, it was far from a conventional tour. Probably the most…

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete Phootshoot

I’ve been thinking for a while that I want to do more portrait work. So far I’ve mainly been sitting round waiting for bands to sporadically get in touch for a shoot, and doing a couple of jobs a year for some local websites, but I want more. Much…

Queens Of The Stone Age @ Phones 4U Arena, Manchester

I was delighted to finally get the opportunity to shoot QOTSA, having been declined accredition by their management in the past. This was also the first occasion I was aware of that they had toured without having a really nasty contract for photographers…

Vampire Weekend @ First Direct Arena, Leeds

My third night in four at Leeds Arena. Cream-crackered. Can’t believe it’s over three years since Vampire Weekend last played in Leeds on their Contra tour. THREE YEARS. As appearances are such a rarity, I was keen to get in to shoot this one.I’d…