It's now just over a year since I took some portraits of frontman Joseph Mount, and the release of their fourth album. At the time he said he wouldn't be touring the album and I was a bit heartbroken. A year later and a handful of gigs lead into festival season and the band make their return to Ireland. I can sacrifice a headline show in Dublin to see them again at a festival. I've only ever caught the band at festivals, since they've rarely played their own shows in Ireland, so this wasn't a bad thing.
They were in flying form and had amazing lights to shoot them on stage. They segue their first three songs together, the same opening three songs from Summer 08, and as I go to leave I get the nod from our photographer liaison that we have one more tune to shoot. A cool mistake and one I wasn't going to debate. This was far better shoot than at Longitude 2015, when they were on a higher stage and where wide angle options were not great. The Body & Soul stage is a cool one to shoot on, but the little raised bit in the centre does get in the way of a good few wide angle band shots from the weekend. That gripe aside, it was a great start to a weekend's shooting.
After waiting around for final act of the night, Parcels, the festival organiser came onstage to announce that the band was here but their equipment stuck in Berlin. They were replaced by Le Cool. This was disapointing as I was really looking forward to seeing what Parcels were like. I just stayed for one song as it was time to unburden myself of the camera bag and go enjoy the festival's sights at night.