Another shift in genre and performer with The Chainsmokers headlining Belsonic on 26th June. I thought I hadn't heard many of their songs, but 3-4 tracks into their Spotify playlist, I soon found out I knew pretty much all of their back catalogue without realising.
Lost Kings were the first support act, playing a DJ set and doing plenty of jumping around to keep me happy. They did a great job of raising the energy levels on a pretty grim and overcast day in Belfast.
I was happy to see that the second support act was a singer with accompanied band. So I wouldn't just be shooting DJ's that night. She was another lively performer running up and down the stage with her photogenic singing style. I honestly don' think I took a bad photo of her, which is only because of her talent, not mine.
When The Chainsmokers first took to the stage it looked great, with pyro going off and all the lights and noise you could imagine. However, it was not great from the photo pit for shooting. There was so much smoke in front of the stage, you could barely see them up on the DJ table.
I had to actually move into the crowd to get a decent angle and it's those kinds of situations where I have to appreciate that I can get access to the stage where I did get some great shots.
It wasn't a traditional DJ set where they will play tracks and put their hands in the air when the song drops. They were running up and down the stage and actually sang some of their songs believe it or not, which is a lot more than you'll see your average EDM DJ do.
They had clearly perfected the art of an EDM show, combining live vocals and stage presence, but not having to rely on their incredible stage show. The only downside to the whole thing was that I left 15 minutes before the end to go to another job, only to hear a crazy amount of fireworks going off after I left. You can't win 'em all I guess.