Made the short trip over the Pennines to the Piece Hall to photograph Embrace's huge hometown(ish) show, in celebration of the 21st anniversary of their much-loved debut album.
There was very much a party-vibe all around the Piece Hall throughout the day - thanks in part to Leeds' finest feel-good band Hope & Social getting proceeding underway. The sun was out, the beer was flowing, and everybody was in great spirits. Hope & Social were followed by returning 90s cult band Sleeper, before Sheffield's favourite party band Reverend & The Makers got the crowd a bit more animated - what John McClure does best!
As the sun started to set over the north west corner of the Piece Hall, Embrace took to the stage and confetti rained down on the crowd as the familiar intro to album opener "All You Good Good People" rung out. The crowd was bouncing, and the look on the faces of the band showed how much fun they were having.
I spent my evening pottering around the Hall, looking for vantage points to get some decent wide shots of the venue, and the sea of people within it. I was a bit gutted that the iconic magenta lights that are installed around the building were switched off, but that didn't take away too much from an otherwise visually impressive show. Plenty of confetti and streamers, which made for great wide shots!
I've shot a lot of shows over the last ten years, but there's something really rewarding about shooting landmark gigs - ones that people look back on and say 'I was there' - and this certainly felt like one of those. Hearing the huge crowd roaring "YOOOORKSHIRE" at Danny, Rick, Steve, Mickey and Mike never felt more poignant, and I was so proud to have been there to document it.