This was the first big gig I’ve covered since the strict rules were introduced involving bags at concerts was brought in due to the Manchester bombing at the Ariana Grande show. This is a fair enough rule, but it wasn’t iterated to photographers in advance that this applies to us too, and that having a ticket didn’t guarantee me entrance unless I had somewhere to store my bag. There is no on site storage or lockers, so this left us in a bit of a pickle. Getting to Malahide Castle is not as easy as simply attending a gig in the city centre after all, it is just not feasible for a photographer to journey to a show without the kit in a bag. It was only for Owen Humphries having his car, and a ticket to stay for the show, that I was able to store away my bag during the shoot, camera gear after the three songs, and then go back in to watch the show. This was a very long winded process to cover a show and go onwards to enjoy it, and a few songs in the set were regretably missed.
Cameras had to be carried into the arena photo pit without bags that hold spare lenses, memory cards and any other useful items. Off of the back of this experience I immediately removed my name from future events that I would be attending the show after a shoot. Unless I am only there to shoot the band and go home, it wasn't worth it. To be fair to the promoters though, this was out of their hands and they did let us store our bags in a cabin during the support, it just wasn't possible for Arcade Fire.