Royal Blood @ Leeds Arena

Great night at the First Direct Arena, as Brighton's golden boys' Royal Blood brought How Did We Get So Dark? to Leeds on their debut arena tour.

Royal Blood have had a meteoric rise since they burst on to the scene as part of the BBC Sound of 2014 competition, and if they continue to rise at the same rate I wouldn't be at all surprised to see them headlining some festivals next summer.

I've had the pleasure of shooting them several times before - the first back in 2014 when they played Leeds Academy as part of the NME Awards Tour supporting Interpol - but this was the first opportunity I'd had to photograph one of their own headline shows, rather than a festival or support appearance.

It was a great show to shoot. Mike's bass rig and Ben's drum kit set close together in the centre of the stage, beneath a giant diamond screen trimmed with lights and lazers, whilst a short runway jutted into the crowd, making wide shots a lot easier to capture. For the bulk of our three song allocation there was plenty of white light on the guys, making our job relatively simple, and both Mike and Ben were very animated, giving us plenty of decent opportunities to get some interesting frames. 

All in all, a great day at the office. Oh, they sounded HUGE, too. Only downside was missing out on my favourite track - "Out of the Black" - which is their trademark closing tune. Ah well. Can't win them all. 

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Royal BloodLeeds Arena, Nov 2017
Royal BloodLeeds Arena, Nov 2017
Royal BloodLeeds Arena, Nov 2017
Royal BloodLeeds Arena, Nov 2017
Royal BloodLeeds Arena, Nov 2017
Royal BloodLeeds Arena, Nov 2017
Royal BloodLeeds Arena, Nov 2017
Royal BloodLeeds Arena, Nov 2017
Royal BloodLeeds Arena, Nov 2017
Royal BloodLeeds Arena, Nov 2017
Royal BloodLeeds Arena, Nov 2017
Royal BloodLeeds Arena, Nov 2017
Royal BloodLeeds Arena, Nov 2017
Royal BloodLeeds Arena, Nov 2017
Royal BloodLeeds Arena, Nov 2017
Royal BloodLeeds Arena, Nov 2017
Royal BloodLeeds Arena, Nov 2017
Royal BloodLeeds Arena, Nov 2017
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