Bluesfest Through the Lense
|Hawaiian Ukulele sensation Jake Shimabukuro|
“3 songs only” they said as we entered the media tent behind the scenes at Byron Blues Festival, “and wear this purple vest”.
Walking into the well equipped media tent I was blown away by the gear scattered on the tables and the buzz of the creatives that belonged to it. Cameras and laptops, chargers and cables, coffee and whiteboards...oh and I must mention the lenses! Serious lense envy happened as I ambled in bravely with my modest 28-200mm into this new world not knowing where to look first.
“This is one well oiled machine” I thought as we heard the drill. The whiteboard was displaying the next available performances to go shoot from the pit as they gave us the rundown, “First 3 songs only, be here 20 minutes before the act starts, grab a purple vest, get escorted in side of stage, and out immediately after the 3rd song (sometimes less when there are a heap of photographers).”
Feeling slightly overwhelmed but excited I considered just easing into this zone, you know, get a feel for the festival and then make my way to the pit...maybe, because you know those lenses are slightly intimidating.
“Who is in for the next artist at Crossroads Stage?”
Hand goes up! Ermmm my hand’s in the air, and off we go.
That’s all it took, and I was hooked!
“Jimmy Buffet?” Yes!
Billy Bragg? Jake Shimabukuro? Nahko and Medicine for the People? Vintage Trouble?
Yes! Yes! Yes!
|Vintage Trouble ignite the stage|
My festival experience behind the lense was other worldly and full of moments that will be etched in my heart forever and remembered through the hundreds of images I was lucky enough to capture in the moment.
In the words of explosive performer Nikki Hill “Backstage is like a Rock ‘n’ Roll fantasy camp, especially seeing such a female presence around has been incredible”
"Mane of Fire"
Nahko and Medicine for the Peoples Bass guitarist Pato