Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes


Frank Carter will attract a crowd no matter where he plays or what band he's in. He brought Gallows to the forefront of punk rock and left soon after. He had a stint with Pure Love who I saw support Paramore at Belsonic 3 years ago. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have been going for a few years now and I saw them play Belfast last year at Voodoo Bar which was absolute carnage.


This time round he was playing The oh Yeah Centre and many people questioned why he would play such a small venue. But the venues low stage supports Frank's tendency to venture into the crowd during the set. And to make crowd surfing easier for everyone; except photographers due to the lack of photo pit!

Not only was the lack of photo pit challenging, but the sheer amount of photographers made it harder to find a good spot at the front of the stage. I settled with stage right, standing directly beside the large speakers of course.


When Frank finally came on stage, the front was hard to deal with, due to the crowd going ape-shit. But in the image above, the ratio of photographers to people is 3:1, this gives you a sense of how many there actually were.


With a gig like this, the right angles don't come into your head. You just find a spot where someone isn't trying to shove into you and start shooting. Luck is obviously involved, but you need to make sure you don't get lazy and sit in the same spot or stick to the same focal length. I tried to mix it between the 50mm 1.4 for low light and sharp action shots. Then the 17-40 4.0 to capture the crowd and scale of the gig.