I was invited to attend and shoot the BCMA awards 2019. The event was being held at the Concorde Hanger at Manchester Airport. I walked towards the venue and got my first view of the concorde through the giant windows. What an iconic and stunning machine.
Entering the venue a red carpets leads into the main hanger the engineering masterpiece spans the space with decorated table arranged under its iconic wings. There are 2 stages and a band are sound checking and sounding great. I am now really excited for the night.
A guide from the centre invites a group to board the concorde and gives a brilliant informative and entertaining talk about the aircraft and some of its famous passengers. While on the plane I get to hear the second song of the night as a group of friends have a sing along in the aisle of the plane.
I meet up with the other photographers and Karl, Laura and team from Buckle and Boots festival who are responsible for this event. As more guests arrive the music starts on the main stage. There is a real mix of dinner suits, cocktail dresses, boots and hats anything goes and all the attendees seem ready for a fun night of great music and awards.
The night continued alternating between performances from both British and American artists on the main stage and presentation of awards on the second stage. The one thing that comes across in all the speeches is the mutual support for all involved in the industry. This included artists encouraging other artists to festivals encouraging people to attend the other festivals.
The music continued as did the drinking dancing and party. What a brilliant event in a unique venue.
All the artists are well worth checking out even if you don't think its your style of music.
Gary Quinn, Emma Jade, Gareth Nugent, American Young, Lewis Brice, Twinnie, William Michael Morgan, Stevie O Connor and Kezia Gill
Huge thanks to the amazing artists for entertaining me, staff at the hanger for their hospitality, all the guests I photographed during the night, my fellow togs and the festival family for the invitation to join your party.