Timmy Trumpet was news to me when he got announced for the CHSQ lineup earlier this year. It turns out he plays Ireland shows regularly and has a big fan base here, which was made obvious when it sold out in no time at all.
The DJ nights can be quite hectic as I've previously talked about. A big, energetic (mental) and significantly younger crowd always presents a challenge for me. Things were made a bit more awkward when the weather turned into a downpour of rain several times during the night. However, I was able to get cover and shoot some images from the side of the venue to show the rain coming down, but no one was undeterred; the crowd continuing to dance as hard as ever.
With two DJ's warming up for Timmy Trumpet, I was able to get closer to them and shoot the usual directly behind/directly in front of DJ images. I was starting to look forward to Timmy, with promises of him running about the stage, trumpet in hand and regular displays of pyro/Co2.
When Timmy came on stage he was a handful for shooting with his movement behind the decks proving tough enough as I shot the first few songs from the photo pit. This is always tough with a DJ as the decks table blocks half of the performer, with the head and maybe arms visible. So I decided to move further back in order to get a shot of the entire stage that would do more justice to the stage show. I timed it well, with timmy deciding to jump of the table. Just a shame he didn't have his trumpet in hand!
It was arranged for me and a videographer to get access to an apartment that has a great aerial view of Custom House Square which we had done in previous years at Belsonic.
I knew we would have a limited time period on the balcony to shoot the show, so I decided to make the most of the short time slot. I brought my tripod and mounted the wide 17-40mm lens on the tripod, whilst using my 70-200mm on my second camera allowing me to capture a 4-8 second exposure on the tripod whilst simultaneously shooting with the telephoto lens. This gave me a varied selection of images in a short space of time.