Wednesday, 23 March 2011

The Charlatans Acoustic Set

Monday 21st March saw me once again on assignment for Mudkiss Fanzine, for a live review of the Oran Mor, Glasgow gig of The Charlatans Acoustic Tour. You can read the full review here

There were a few headaches to overcome, the first being no guest list or photo pass details left at the door.
I counted five photographers in all, and no-one had passes waiting for them.

I was fortunate to have dealt with the extremely efficient Natasha Parker at Work It Media, who is the Press Officer for The Charlatans. Despite her best efforts, and having treble checked arrangements were in place, the band management did not supply the venue with the guest list.
Fortunately, Natasha emailed written confirmation earlier that day, along with three emergency mobile numbers in case of any hiccups.

The primary contact was the road manager, whose mobile was going straight to voicemail.
Thanks to Natasha, I was the only one with the back up numbers which eventually got us through the door.

As this was an 'intimate' gig, there was no pit or barrier and the fans had already lined the edge of the stage in front of the 500 + packed crowd. I had to use every last ounce of charm to blag my way to the edge of the stage. The lighting was also pretty atrocious, photographically speaking, especially for the Charlatans.

At times, I had to rely on manual focus as even the Canon 1d Mk3 was struggling to lock on.
I only needed a small handful of images to accompany the review, so all was not lost.

Trials and tribulations aside, it was a wonderful gig, in a wonderful venue.

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