When your luck is in, it’s in.
I woke up that morning early before work and decided to triple check there wasn’t any last minute spaces on the All Time Low guest list in Manchester that evening, after being told I was likely to miss out on it due to it being so high demand. By lunch I found out I had a last minute photo pass awaiting me! So I shot down to Manchester Arena after leaving work early to pick up my pass, only to find out I’d been left a photo pass and AAA!
For those who don’t know, with a normal photo pass you usually get to shoot the first three songs, no flash ,from the front for each band. AAA (access all areas) is like the golden ticket. You can usually shoot the entire show from anywhere in the arena with a AAA Photo pass. So needless to say, I milked it!
Against The Current were on first and I just managed to catch them, I’d only shot the first three for these guys as I wanted as much room on my camera free for Good Charlotte and All Time low. The lighting was tricky, and the stage was huge. It had a pretty long run way straight down the middle of the crowd, so getting from one side of the stage to the other quickly was proving a little difficult. So I knew for the next bands I’d need to be on my game.
Good Charlotte blew me away. They have only just re appeared after being missing for quite some time, yet they sounded incredible and put on an amazing show. About half way through the show it hit me that I was shooting one of my old favorite bands and the pressure of catching the perfect shot’s lifted and I started to just enjoy myself. I was pretty chuffed with the end results, so I’m keeping a keen eye on them returning later in the year in support of their new album.
After a difficult start, I figured I’d watch the first few songs of All Time Low‘s set on Youtube from previous nights on the tour, to work out when the blasts of fire etc went off and when the lighting looked brilliant, so I could anticipate where I needed to be and when to get all the shots I wanted. As you’d expect it was still pretty difficult, but over the course of the first 4/5 songs I’d snapped up a bunch of wicked shots to go through.
After this I grabbed a well deserved beer and wandered around the venue, up high at the back, to the side of the stage, in the crowd, and back to the front to get every angle covered. I knew with the opportunity I had to roam the venue hassle free, and with the incredible lighting show as well as ATL’s standard on stage antics, I’d be able to get a hefty album of portfolio shots.
I’m stoked with the final results, and shooting one of my favorite bands for the first time in this situation was a dream come true.
Anyways here’s some of the final shots from the show!
Against The Current
All Time Low
Check out more shots from this show over on my Facebook Photography Page here!