I was asked to shoot a gig at The Live Room Manchester. It was my first visit and I like it. It reminded me a lot of a night club I frequented in Preston. The walls are black and it has low ceiling. There is a separate VIP area with a great view from the side of the stage.
Unfortunately one of the acts had to pull out, fortunately Doug Brickhall stepped up and took the first slot of the night. He showed his class by borrowing a guitar and playing a great set. I could have pulled up a chair grabbed a pint and listened to him play and sing all night.
Look forward to hearing him play again soon.
Kath and the Kicks really do kick it with a hard rock/punk sound. Kath dominated the stage with a great voice, quality guitar and slight snarl. She is backed by 2 great musicians. There are a lot of videos on you tube of Kath and the band. She also has a new CD out. Look out for Lazy days, All My Time and Catch the Storm if you check them out live.
It was an interesting venue to shoot at due to the lighting system. The ceiling is a mass of colour change LEDs constantly moving and changing in patterns to the music. The area behind the performers is one large scrolling message board displaying the artists name in LEDs. This combination gives a great effect for the crowd watching but makes it very tricky to shoot.
I really enjoyed the night and the venue and look forward to more nights here in the future.
Thank you to the bands for asking me shoot the night.
Thanks to Live Room for the hospitality.