Long live the NME

So yesterday was a bit sad to say the least, the last NME that goes to print will be tomorrow's edition.  When I think back about the last 5 years it makes me immensely proud to have shot so much for this great publication.  I've literally been all over this country & abroad shooting mental gigs & features.

It shaped who I am, back when I was 14,15,16 buying copies, making me interested in bands and getting that buzz when seeing them live.  I never knew that I wanted to shoot bands that's the truth, the legends that have shot for NME really inspired me.  I'm very blessed to now be working alongside two of those people.  The print edition may have gone but one thing that will never disappear is all of the amazingly talented people that i've got to know through shooting for NME, be it the glorious Editorial team, the photographers, the project managers, management, pr's and labels (literally too many to name, they know who they are)

If it wasn't for NME believing in me then I wouldn't be writing this now, being a professional photographer is all about adapting and progressing.  I knew that it might not last forever, nothing ever does, but I'm very honoured to have been an NME photographer.  #longlivethenme

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Festival No.6

I was fortunate enough to head back down to Portmeirion this year to shoot the stunning Festival No.6, it's truly unique setting puts it far ahead of many other festivals the UK has to offer. The way they curate the line-up to merge both music, art & performance is something to behold. Here's a selection of my favourite shots, enjoy.

Reading 2016

So the last three years I've shot Leeds Festival for NME, this year it was the turn of Reading. We only had a small team this year but I had a blast, here's a few highlights, enjoy.

Tomorrowland

I've heard about this festival the past few years but hadn't chance to go witness or shoot it till this year. The only way to describe this festival is to say its like entering into another world a completely EDM world. The attention to detail is mesmerising the production of the stages looks like it has come straight from a film set, which transforms at night with the use of light, smoke, streamers, confetti & pyro. The whole theme and detail is very important to the organisers 'we wanted to create an ice cube with the Tomorrowland logo on, which took months of sampling, if I only get one person to notice it and smile then we have achieved our goal' that level of detail is apparent throughout the entire site and makes the festival truly unique. When you hear that 2.4 million people clicked to buy tickets within the first few seconds of them going on sale you can see the reach it has! Only 180,000 are lucky enough, EDM fans from across the world, Australian, American, Indian, Kenyan, you name it there was a flag for every country. I'll let the photos tell the rest.

Open'er Festival 2016

Second time heading over for this festival covering it for NME, the line-up gets better year on year! Wonderful people, wonderful place, can't wait to get back over there. Here's some of my highlights.