Whenyoung took to the stage with quiet confidence and belted out great tune after great tune. They would later find themselves invited onto the support slot to Nick Cave and Patti Smith in Kilmainham the next month, which is high praise. They are making great buzz for themselves so the coming year should hold big things for them.
Last year I photographed Liam, and this year I complete the Oasis set with Noel Gallagher in 3Arena for The Thin Air. Photographers were restricted to one side of the stage at a time, no shooting from the center areas. I was delighted when he raised the guitar like a rifle and aimed it at me for a posed shot. He would do something quirky like this if the right photographer caught his eye at the right time, like sticking his tongue out for another.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs finally made a return to Ireland, where they've only played a handful of times in the Republic and never their own headline show since they've become ever more popular. This night was a double headline show with Beck. Covering their show for The Thin Air was a massive highlight. When I arrived at the Arena I was only approved to shoot them, the Beck pass only got confirmed while I was there.
Karen O, as expected, was a legend to shoot. She wore unique designed clothes and stalked the stage being all kinds of cool. Brian Chase behind the drums looked like he was having a whale of a time, looking like the happiest drummer on the world I heard someone remark after. Nick Zinner was just quietly cool to the right, letting the guitar do the talking.
Beck's pass arrived just before the Yeah Yeah Yeahs shoot, it was to be shot from the soundboard and a contract needed to be signed. It literally signs away the rights to the photos which I hated to sign, but I knew in all fairness none of his reps are going to be chasing any of us down to get hi-res copies of a photo(s) taken from a soundboard for promo use. He arrived very late to the stage, due to production delays I presume, and as a result went past curfew to play the same length of a set as YYYs. He opened with a storming three song intro and the lights were great given how far back I was shooting.
The Breeders looked delighted to make it back to Dublin after being primed for their last gig but red weather alerts causing everything in the city and country that day to be cancelled. The lights were quickly lowered and a smokey haze filled the stage, much like the last time I shot them here. In the brief time between songs the light was at it's best and that's where I managed to snap Kim Deal with a big smile to the crowd as she bantered with them. This was the type of shot I wanted to get from photographing her.
It had been a while since I was in the Tivoli. I put my name down with GoldenPlec to cover Ezra Furman's gig there. Although my name was on the door to shoot, there was no photopass which caused a little bit of annoyance and confusion with security in the venue, even though there was no pit for photographers.