After a somewhat anti-climatical first gig of the 2015 autumnal gig season, I was keen to get back out and shoot a big show - one that was going to be well lit. Florence + The Machine fit that bill perfectly.
Flo & Co are an act that always get the balance between good and dramatic lighting just right - bright enough to get a good exposure, but not so bright that everything looks a little flat. The last time I shot them (Leeds Festival 2013) Flo seemed a lot more animated, moving around the stage a lot more than her earlier shows, which presented some great photo opportunities beyond the standard 'singing into a microphone looking wistful' shot. This was equally evident during her headline Glasto performance this summer - an apparent increase in confidence has led to her developing quite a formidable stage presence.
This was the first mainland UK date of her first post-Glasto arena tour, and I was desperate to get something a bit different this time round. I paid more attention to what Flo was doing when she wasn't singing - interludes, middle eights, that sort of thing - to avoid getting the 'same old' shots I had from previous tours. Flo duly obliged, with a smorgasbord of leaping, flailing hair, and audience interaction.
There was an additional challenge this time round - we weren't allowed to shoot from the middle of the pit, which but pay to the opportunity of getting a nice, perpendicular wide shot of the stage. Whilst this did hinder the variety of my shots a little bit, I managed to get enough from either side to warrant the trip down the M1 a success.
NOW I feel like gig season has started. Happy days.