August 19, 2008 alan

V Festival 2008

This weekend has been fantastic and depressing in almost equal amounts.

I spent the weekend at the V Festival where I was photographing on behalf of the festival promoters. The first day I was there by myself, running around in the rain trying to catch as many bands as possible. Nobody was allowed to photograph Girls Aloud apart from their own photographer, which was a shame. I wonder what they have to hide?!

Here are some of my favourite images from Saturday…

Amy Winehouse, One Republic and Lenny Kravitz.
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I’m used to shooting girls in white dresses but this was a little different..
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Kings Of Leon (one of my fave bands of the weekend) and The Zutons.
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And headliners, The Verve.
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The low point on Saturday was having to walk for an hour in heavy rain to get back to my car. Thoroughly depressing! And then after I parked my car on our driveway it was broken into and my iPod and SatNav were stolen. Not good at all!

Luckily Sunday was a major improvement as the weather improved and I was joined by Evelyne and Elliott for the day. It was Elliott’s first ever concert so I made sure the first band we saw was a good one – The Hold Steady. Here he is getting into the festival spirit.

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The Hold Steady, Estelle, The Kooks and Lostprophets.
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As you can see, by Sunday the bad weather had left its mark…
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The Script played on the day their album went to Number 1 in the charts.
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And here’s the lovely Duffy on stage…
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And here she is getting fondled by my son!
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Elliott also hung out with Maximo Park backstage.
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The Pigeon Detectives and the ladies’ favourite, Stereophonics.
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Here’s a good story…. When I was still enjoying my previous life as an international DJ I played in Chamonix in France at a club called Deluded. I was in Chamonix for two days and while I was there I met a girl called Evelyne. I’m now married to her and we have a son and another baby due next year. The two guys who booked me to play the club, Livesey and Graham, were at the festival this weekend and here they are with the “fruit of Deluded” 🙂

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Thanks guys. My life would be very different if you hadn’t invited me to play your club!

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And finally…. mega-headliners Muse closed the festival in fine style.
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  1. christian

    wow … great pictures and the “my mummy rocks” shirt rocks !!!

    cheers from germany
    christian

  2. Rosie Parsons

    Wow, gorgeous shots! Am especially loving your Lenny Kravitz images! I really need to get back into my gig photography!

  3. Megan K. Chan

    Wow, I just saw the Kooks with The Pigeon Detectives the other night. And the next day, I had the urge to check up on your blog. Seeing those on your page just made me so excited.
    I LOVE the Kooks one. I really was impressed by how you got a lovely shot of Luke. It’s my favourite one of him by far and I’m not joking. It is great!!!
    I keep checking your blog for pictures of Elliott because he’s adorable. Me mum and I love to see how you all are doing.

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