Are you ready for some more excellent festival photography from the North East’s premier music festival? You are? Good, because that’s what we have here: photographs from Evolution Festival Day 2, Monday June 3rd 2012.
I was stationed up at the Ballast Hills Stage, concentrating on the DJ’s but I’ve always struggled to make an interesting picture out of some bloke twisting knobs, and with the likes of Noah & The Whale and Deadmau5 headlining on the main stage, I made it my mission to cover as many acts on the Spillars stage as I could without missing my allotted DJ’s.
Kicking off the afternoon (another gloriously sunny day) at Ballast Hills was local DJ and Wax:On resident Mike Jones.
Followed by local staples and veritable Evolution festival fixtures Simon Lister & Peter Wilson, better known as People Get Real. If you’ve ever gone out anywhere good on a Saturday night in Newcastle, then you’ve probably sampled these guy’s DJing skills, they are prolific (and very good at what they do, I might add).
After that I nipped down to Main Stage to see if could catch Spector but I’d already missed them. I did hear an absolutely beautiful voice coming from the UMT Emerging Stage and was lucky enough to catch the last two songs of who I believe to be Lily Brooke. Lily has a mature, soulful sound and, after following the sound of her voice through the crowds, it was a surprise to see such a young girl performing solo.
I also managed to get some pictures of the start of Jenny Jones’ set before I had to move on. Both Lily and Jenny are students of the Urban Music Training Academy run by Generator, who are responsible for providing this stage. Interestingly, Lulu James – who wowed the audience from Main Stage on Sunday – is a graduate of the UMT Academy; so it must be working!
I had to move on because I wanted to get to the pit in time to photograph rising star Jessie Ware, who was middle billing on Spillars Main Stage and who received a lukewarm reception from a crowd that had had it’s energy sapped by the, fortunate but unusual heatwave.
Jessie is also known for singing for SBTRKT and performing live with him and, as he was headlining the stage I was supposed to be covering, it only made sense that I cover her too, right?
I made it back to Ballast in time to shoot Eats Everything, who was having similar problems trying to energise an audience that were totally baked (from the afternoon sun, of course!).
I only managed to get a couple of shots in before Daniel Pearce (aka Eats Everything) handed the reigns over to Orlando Higginbottom, better known as Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (aka TEED).
Orlando didn’t seem to want to acknowledge the crowd (or maybe it was the cameras), so getting a shot of him with his eyes open proved difficult.
Next up on Ballast Hills Stage of Newcastle’s Evolution Festival was Jackmaster. Glaswiegan, Jack Revil has been forging his own, successful, path in the DJ fraternity for quite some time now but, to my camera, it’s just another bloke twisting knobs behind a table. So I only took a few shots before legging it back down to Main Stage… sorry Jack!
The reason I was in such a rush to get back down to Spillars Stage was because I wanted to be in the pit ready for Noah & The Whale’s first three songs.
It’s a personal thing, I think photographs of people singing passionately or playing an instrument are just more interesting to look at than DJ pictures. Maybe it’s precisely that attitude that limits me when it comes to photographing DJ’s but I’ll leave you to make your own mind up on that score.
I was in for a surprise when I returned to Ballast Stage and found a DJ who looks interesting, engages with the crowd and even makes eye contact with the camera! who could this wonderful new breed of DJ be? Well, it’s Maya Jane Coles of course! Judging by the amount of ‘likes’ my pictures of Maya are getting on facebook, she’s definitely as popular with her audience as she was with the photographers.
Back down to Spillars Main Stage to photograph the headline act of Newcastle’s 2012 Evolution Festival, Canadian born Joel Thomas Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5.
To his credit, Deadmau5 tries to make up for the fact that watching/photographing a DJ can be dull by wearing a mouse-head mask and putting on a spectacular light-show. The spectacle is definitely intended for the audience however, as the photographers in the pit couldn’t see the headliner over his monstrous stage set, and my colleague, Bish (who was assigned to cover Spillars Stage) called me down as back-up to shoot from the back of the crowd.
And finally, for me, back up to Ballast Hills Stage to photograph the headline act there; another DJ in a mask, this time without the uber-expensive-light-show: the ubiquitous SBTRKT. It’s a clear testament to the London based DJ’s popularity that he drew a huge crowd despite occupying the same time slot as Deadmau5.
Have you seen my pictures from Evolution Festival 2102 Day 1, where I was covering the Spillars Main Stage? No? Well, what are you waiting for?!
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