On Thursday I was shooting DJ's playing hard EDM with a teenage crowd in the rain. 48 hours later I'm back in the same venue with accoustic singer/songwriters with a nice and laid back crowd in some later summer sunshine.
Foy Vance had sold out the venue which was no surprise given the local artist always gets a big crowd for his homecoming shows. Support was provided by local artists David C.Clements and upcoming Ryan McMullan. Ryan coming off his support slots for Ed Sheeran earlier in the year.
I enjoyed Ryan McMullan's set, but gained a lot more respect for him when he took to social media to thank everyone after his set. He used my photo and credited me both on Twitter and Instagram. This gesture doesn't seem like much, but to a photographer it is huge, with not only the possibility of gaining attention for your photo, but the appreciation of the artist for a lowly photographer like myself. *Tips cap*
The last of the support was provided by Amy MacDonald who big enough in her own right, so it was almost a double headline act. I shot the first three songs and couldn't help but feel annoyed about the small addition of a water bottle on her mic stand. It was placed in such a way that it was nearly impossible to shoot her and not have the bottle in view. Who knows, maybe she signed a deal with River Rock and gets royalties for including the beverage in stage shows.
By the time Foy Vance had joined the stage, the light had dipped so that it was well and truly night time. This wouldn't usually matter, given the headline act will get a lot more lighting than the support acts. However, the lighting on stage wasn't used to its full potential, maybe because Foy prefers a simple approach to lighting. This meant I couldn't take a wide shot from the stage with the crowd illuminated, but whilst on stage, I did get some good close ups of Foy.
He varied between standing with guitar and mic stand, to seated at the piano. I like when this happens because you get more variation of images. With some artists staying in the same spot the entire set, making the images too similar.