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FROM INSIDE " A Winter Without You" UK Tour Part Two [2019]

It’s the first night of the second leg of this tour and we were off to the Fox & Newt in Leeds. Once we arrived parking was an issue so we were having to be vigilant on making sure we wasn’t ticketed and it wasn’t too long before someone shouted “Ticket Guy” lucky enough they skipped passed our van and got someone else.

 Whilst the guys were finishing off sound check I headed out to get some food with an old school friend who I hadn’t seen in eight years.

 (EIGHT YEARS! don’t time fly) before returning to get back on my photo duties.  

 Leeds ended up being an eventful night for once reason or another and will defiantly be remember.

FOX & NEWT, LEEDS

THE VAULT, LEICESTER

The following day we drove from Liverpool to Leicester to perform at The Vault. Now this was my first time in this venue and quirky is defiantly a word that could be used for this venue; it was right up my street.

Leicester personally for me ended up being the best show of tour, the audience were super into it and it pushed the boys to give it there all that little bit more; the room was buzzing off the energy. Once the show was over loads of people stayed behind to chat and have photos before all piling into the nightclub event they had on and what a throw back that was with some classic tunes from the 90’s, early 00’s. 

Which then inspire the music on the way to our hotel. “PARTY IN THE VAN” even Ben P was lucky enough to get a dance off Booth. (I’m sure you’ve seen the videos on Instagram stories)

THE BLACK HEART, LONDON

Now our hotel was only about a 1hr and half drive away from London so we got there early and loaded in so we could spend the afternoon around Camden. Whilst going around the markets someone tried to rob something out of Georges bag, lucky they didn’t get anything as Bradley caught them trying too.

We spent a good proportion of time walking around trying to decided what food to try, a good percentage ended up getting Chinese; which ended up just being super greasy noodles and most of it went in the bin. I wasn’t feeling great that day so once back at the venue I took up residency on the venue floor sprawled out eating chips from Burger King. 

The show went well evening though we were cutting it close to curfew. Now that’s it the end of tour and end of an era with the band but be ready, be excited for the new music and ventures that are too come

POP EVIL IN BIRMINGHAM AND LONDON [UK TOUR] 2019

The last time I seen Pop Evil was about three, maybe four years ago when they supported 3 Doors Down at the O2 Academy Birmingham. That was my first time seeing Pop Evil and still to this day I remember the energy the band had that night and their interactions with the kids at the show; I even recall Leigh getting one of the kids up on stage and getting him to sit next to Hayley’s Drum kit while they played a track before returning him to the barrier to his parents. I can honestly say I’ve seen no other band be that interactive with such young fans at their shows so I was looking forward to the next two days.

O2 ACADEMY 3, BIRMINGHAM

I arrived at the o2 Academy Birmingham for about 3:30pm as the band was setting up ready to sound check. I met with Shelby and he introduced me to Davey and Nick as I set up my lighting in their dressing room. I was later introduced to the rest of the band before doing a couple of individual portraits and some BTS shots in the dressing room. I was amazed by how quick Matt could solve a Rubix cube no matter how much I mixed it up he solved it in minutes; now if that was me I’d be there for hours trying to figure that thing out. As I headed out to Front Of House (FOH) I could feel the heat! That room already was so warm and sweaty but then again what do you expect from a sold out show! The night went well and considering the restrictions of shooting (mainly room to move about) I was happy with the results I managed to get.

O2 ACADEMY, ISLINGTON

The next day I caught the train down to London arriving for near three o’clock in the afternoon, I made my way to Islington then found a cafe to refuel in and do a few more edits from the night before. I headed to the venue for about 4:30 then hung out backstage till Leigh had finished with his interviews then we headed out around the surrounding area to capture some shots before heading back to the venue to shoot a couple more.

I then bumped into Hayley in the hallway and mentioned to her the day before that if I brought one of my drum sticks would she be able to sign it for me; as I collect drum sticks. So luckily enough I remember to pack one in my bag and Hayley signed it for me. This meant a lot to me as when I started to have drum lessons when I was about 16, there wasn’t any (not that I can think of) female drummers in Main Stream music apart from Cindy Blackman. The drummers I looked up too were Travis Barker (Blink182), Zac Farro (Paramore) and Aaron Gillespie (Underøath). So fast forward a few years its great to see so many amazing female’s behind the kit and I just feel so lucky that i’ve got to work closely and shoot Hayley herself and recently Kortney Grinwis (Chapel). Its amazing to see so many females coming forward now in what was a male dominated sector and it makes me want to start my lessons again and really learn about drums to eventually get behind a kit one day.

I then headed back to the dressing room where I left my equipment to prep what I needed for the show and then headed straight up the stairs, pretty quickly as I forgot show time was earlier then the previous night. I headed out to FOH to start the night off, there was plenty of running around from FOH, Onstage and too the balcony above but as you know heat rises so the floor was pretty slippery up top and there were a few near slides across the floor but luckily I managed to stay on my feet.

The two days I spent with Pop Evil was an amazing experience and I’d like to thank them and their crew for being welcoming. Thank you to Hayley for your kind words about my photography it honestly meant a lot to hear that and to Leigh for sharing your knowledge and insight. Im grateful to you all and your team.

FROM INSIDE " A Winter Without You" UK Tour [2019]

A few weeks ago I was tagged in a post on FROM INSIDE’s Facebook page; It stated they needed a tour photographer at short notice, after applying and a stressful few hours of reorganising things I was going on MY FIRST TOUR (I was a little excited).

That night I didn’t sleep well as I was “flapping” what I needed to pack and what equipment to take with me on the road, luckily for me my pick up wasn’t till 1/2pm so I did managed to get a quick nap in before loading up into the Van.

SURBURBIA, SOUTHAMPTON

Now it was time to drive from Birmingham to Southhampton for the first show. We were slightly behind on time but we made it, loaded in and set up and was ready to rock within a few hours of being at the venue.

Also this was my first time seeing FROM INSIDE live and hearing their music so knowing how they moved on stage to each track, how the audience responded to each track I was going to have to learn very quickly in order to get the shots.

THE PIPELINE, BRIGHTON

The next day we drove from Southampton to Brighton; Unfortunately it was Brighton’s Tattoo Convention and the weather was beautiful so every Tom, Dick and Harry was out and the traffic was horrendous. Once loaded into the venue we all went off around the town to explore; Now the last time I visited Brighton was in 2016 to see Ruby Rose do a DJ set which she cancelled on the day (Insert sad face here) but I’ve always loved Brighton so I was super happy to be back. We visited the Brighton Pier to try and do some photos but it was too busy and decided we’d go back later on to do a photoshoot when less people were around.

We took a trip to The Royal Pavilion to do a shoot outside of there instead and found out it was built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV.

The venue was situated above a bar and it was packed and in-between change overs people were having to go outside for a breather because it was getting hot up in there. After the show we then had a two hour drive to Reading to the place where we were staying for the night and I couldn’t wait to get some sleep after an eventful day.

FUEL CLUB, CARDIFF

The next day after having a beautiful lunch cooked for us by Sarah we headed to Cardiff. To my excitement when we arrived the venue was a five minute walk around the corner from the Rugby ground that England VS Wales played the day before so I felt like a five year old at Christmas. (Yes, i’m a huge rugby fan).

Now by the time we arrived and loaded in we were all starving and luckily for us there was a Wetherspoons right next door. 80% of us ordered food from there and that in itself was a bad idea, we all pretty much felt sick after eating but as far as I’m aware no one threw up; we all just felt terrible.

The gig went really well with people stood down the front head banging along and just immersing themselves in the music.

(Side Note: Weatherspoons do you call it “Spoons” or “Weathers”)

THE PEER HAT, MANCHESTER

We stayed over in Liverpool the night before so we only had a short journey to Manchester for the final night of the Tour. We arrived at the Peer Hat, sound checked then hung out with friends and family while the other bands played. As a lot of the bands Family and friends had travelled to Manchester to see the show as this was the nearest “Home Town” show.

While the band hung out before the show I went off to meet fellow photographer Samantha Guess and got myself pretty much “kicked out” of Starbucks; No I didn’t do anything wrong!!! The member of staff just decided to direct what she was saying solely at me “telling me she was closing up and I needed to leave” so everyone else could have stayed she didn’t tell them. (Laughs)

Again the show ended on a high with loads of support from everyone that came to watch; many stayed around once the show had finished to grab “selfies” with the band and converse with them.

PHOTO: SAMANTHA GUESS
(@samanthajguess)

Finally I’d just like to say a massive Thank You to FROM INSIDE for taking me out on my first tour and being so welcoming. I had a real fun time out on the road and learnt a lot in those few days and I can’t wait to hit the road with you guys again and watch you all grow as a band.

POUND FOR POUND!