All in all, It's been a relatively quiet summer for me. Having taken a welcome break from festivals, the bulk of my time has been taken up with photoshoots and corporate work. So much so, it'd just been sort of an eye-watering 3 months since I'd last stood in a photopit. What better way to get back in the swing of things than catching The National touring the chart-topping seventh studio album Sleep Well Beast at my favourite music venue?
I'd been fortunate enough to catch the guys when they played The Apollo four years back as part of the Trouble Will Find Me tour, and that was an absolute dream to shoot - much to my surprise. I wasn't expecting the same good fortune again, although I was curious to see if their stage setup would differ to reflect their steady success. Sure enough, on arrival I was greeted by several huge screens that were suspended at an angle above the stage showing a live feed of backstage, and a countdown clock. As the countdown expired, the band appeared and made their way to the stage, which was greeted by rapturous applause from the sold out Apollo.
This was one of those gigs that was really well lit, but still really tricky to shoot. Their were a variety of blue and pink hues on the lights, and lots of harsh shadows, that meant I was really going to have to work with my shots when it came to editing later that night. So much for breaking myself back in with an easy one!
The show opened with the first track from the new album "Nobody Else Will Be There", followed by the single "The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness" and "Walk it Back". It was great to be treated to some of the new tracks whilst I was shooting. Normally I'd be disappointed to walk away from a show not hearing a classic, but I was more eager to hear how the new stuff sounded live.
It was great to be back out shooting a show (and WHAT a show!), and hopefully this will be the start of a fairly hectic gig season.