QOTSA Tribute 2017 at Mercury

Thurs
6 April
2017

Last year’s Queens of the Stone Age tribute show at Manila was one of the standout gigs of the year for me, great energy and vibe and loads of fun. Unfortunately this year’s edition just wasn’t any of those things. There were some great moments but overall something was missing and I just didn’t feel it.

To be honest, even before the show I was apprehensive – in spite of loving last year’s show I wasn’t keen on seeing another. I know a lot of time and effort goes into the prep and rehearsal for such a production but I can’t help feeling (especially now) that the novelty of something like this goes pretty fast, and those energies would be better spent on new and original shows.

Here’s a look at the show, which featured  a rotating cast of various musicians.

QOTSA Tribute  QOTSA Tribute

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Belly of the beast: The Tazers, Southern Wild, Stoker and In Bloom at Mercury

Sat
1 April
2017

Here’s a look at the April 1st gig – ‘Belly of the Beast’ – at Mercury, which featured The Tazers, Stoker, Southern Wild and In Bloom.

Southern Wild

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aKing at Cafe Roux

Fri 31 March 2017

I confess I’m not the biggest aKing fan, but I enjoyed their acoustic set at Cafe Roux at the end of March, mostly for the in-between banter which was really funny…here are some shots from the night.

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Rudimentals & Grassy Spark at Kirstenbosch

Sun
26 March 2017

A decidedly better experience all-round than my last shoot at Kirstenbosch, the second last Summer Concert for the season featured the Rudimentals and Grassy Spark, bubble machines and all the good vibes.

A great way to spend a Sunday evening, here are some shots from the day.

Grassy Spark  Rudimentals

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Pixies (USA) and Springbok Nude Girls at Kirstenbosch

Thurs
16 March
2017

This was a frustrating one for me and I feel the need to rant a bit, please indulge me.

I’ve shot several concerts at Kirstenbosch over the years and never have I encountered so many photographic restrictions. While we were given freedom of movement around the field and crowd for supporting act (and local legends) Springbok Nude Girls, there was no photo pit for accredited media and we were restricted to shooting just the first three songs (which is standard practice for international acts but usually we get some kind of vantage point for those songs, a pit or platform etc.) from an awkward angle and through the crowd. It was next to impossible.

I imagine this was probably a restriction imposed by the Pixies and not the organisers who, to their credit, listened when the small (a few didn’t seem to show up for the escort, choosing rather to disappear into and shoot from the crowd, unrestricted) disgruntled group of us complained – five minutes before the band started – and allowed us to shoot from the other side of the field.  It was still far away and through people but it was way better than the original position.

These situations happen unfortunately, and sometimes you rally in the face of restrictions and the work you create is all the better for it… For me at least, this was not one of those times. Here are some shots of the Springbok Nude Girls and, if you squint, the Pixies.

Pixies

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