I was lucky enough to be able to photograph Status Quo's final ever gig in Blackpool on April 28th at The Empress Ballroom. It was a sell out crowd and I was one of three photographers in the photo pit for the first three songs. As always with concerts I hung round for a bit before the show and chatted to the other photographers. We had the usual talk of comparing the gigs we had shot, and I soon realised I was the new kid on the block with these guys. I always meet these fantastic photographers who have been going for years and have all the top kit, and even though I've got a lot less experience and much cheaper kit, I have to stand my ground and show them I can also produce great work. I like to show confidence in these situations, (not too much!) and show that nothing really phases me. It's always nice to stay friendly with the people you're working around as you're going to be running round each other for the next fifteen minutes or so.
The band put on one hell of a show and really got the crowd going. I shot the gig on my Nikon D3200 with a 18-55 f4.5 lens. It was one of the best lit gigs I've ever shot, and possibly the biggest. This made the shoot a bit easier on me as it meant I could get much clearer images rather than the dark grainy ones. It also meant I could leave a lot of them in colour. The lighting was top class and the band were very well lit. Some of my photos even turned out overexposed. This gig was a big learning curve for me and made me think alot about where I'm going.
I am very proud to have been able to shoot such a major gig and especially as it was the bands final performance in my home town. I spend the majority of my time in Manchester shooting gigs, so to be able to go ten minutes from home and shoot an event like this was special. After only ten months of shooting gigs, I see it as quite the accomplishment to be shooting a band of this standard at such an impressive venue. Hope you enjoyed reading this, I've put a few more shots below and you can also find the full album on my Facebook page. Take care!