Wyvern Lingo are a band that have escaped me since I’ve heard about them, first from a GoldenPlec colleague while we worked on a video. They play frequently yet I’ve never managed to catch them so I was delighted to hear they were opening for Marina & the Diamonds in the Academy (the only non Olympia shoot I had all month). I enjoyed their short set, including a cover of Alt-J’s Left Hand Free. The lights were the same throughout, purple/blue and no variation.
I had looked forward to this show for a while. Marina Diamandis is someone who always looks like she puts on a great show, wears loads of cool, different, custom-made outfits and has a strong and very loyal fanbase. While I've never fully warmed to her music I will admit to getting to grips with the songs more on the night and really enjoying the show. The only shame was not being able to capture the various costume changes to add variety to the mix. If I had a complaint it would be that it was a little bit of a struggle to get a good shot of her without the microphone in front of her face. It was a busy photo pit so I had to be mindful of how I got around to try and get shots.
The Sunday of the El vy gig was a hectic day. I was back in Clare, staying at my sister's, got woke up by her kids to play, had to go to Limerick to do a band photo shoot for GoldenPlec, go to a children's Christmas party and then get back to Dublin to shoot the El Vy show. It was well worth it. they played their full debut album and a cover of Fine Young Cannibals 'She Drives Me Crazy'. Matt was in flying form and the upgrade from Whelans to Vicar St was very welcome.
To lights were quite dark for shooting but the spotlights they brought added great effect to the shots. Matt had a large box splitting the photo pit so he could get in towards the crowd more. This made getting from one side to the other more difficult, so that when I went from left to right I ended up staying put.
The night after my heavy hitting work Christmas party I had the ash gig to shoot. I was fit for bed but I grinned and bared it and was glad I did. It was a hit laden set with some new songs in the mix as you'd expect. Tim Wheeler looks as young as ever and the classics sound every bit as good as when they were released. I like them as a three piece though I do miss the added extra guitar and backing vocals that Charlotte Hatherley used to provide to fill them out. It was my last gig of the year to shoot and I only realised that when I was in the pit.