Hinds are a band that were on my radar a while but who had yet to play Ireland. I’d see cool pictures of them pop up in my Instagram feed by great photographers I follow so when I saw they were playing I put my name down for it. It was quite last minute as it wasn’t well advertised, or at least nothing stood out to me that they were coming. It was supposed to be The Academy but was moved to the smaller, basement level Academy 2 due to sales. This made for a far better gig as the space was packed with an enthusiastic crowd, something that gets lost in a half empty, bigger venue. The tour manager gave the go ahead for photos to be taken during the last 3 songs. That left me and fellow photographer, Colm Kelly, triying to count the songs out from the napkin set list on stage, a short distance away. The tour manager swung by again and said we could get 2 songs mid set as well. I’d seen in images that they tend to crowd surf and realized only then that I should have brought a flash just in case, though we’re never allowed to use it for the regular first three/no flash shoots. This may have been a different case.
The pit was tiny, which made for awkward to squeeze into position, with the singer, Carlotta, asking if she could grab her drink from the space before I tried squeeze by. The lights never changed and the girls were well lit, but for each time I went into the pit I didn’t shuffle around too much for different angles in case I’d annoy fans at the barrier or the band. We shot the last 2 songs, having miscounted, but the band discussed among themselves and did a three song encore. The tour manager gave us the thumbs up to stay where we were. I needn’t have worried about the flash for any crowd surfing. The band opted not to, maybe because of the tight space between the crowd’s heads and the roof of the room. You could tell they wanted to though, they seemed to like Dublin.