So Friday continued and it was… well it was there. Here are some pictures of Flogging Molly, who look like they would be a good band to have a drink with right? I am on day two of no voice, which makes me actual day job of teaching children interesting because they all have to do my talking for me. Also, it’s very weird to be someone who is always
I love The Front Bottoms. The first time I heard Maps I was hooked, hell I spent most of that song dancing and singing very loudly between taking photos in the pit on Friday. The last time the Fronty B’s played in Chicago it was super crowded and I had a little freak out and left halfway through the set, so it was nice to watch them here and have
So I was trying to get to Riot Fest from work to see The Aquabats. Do you know how much I love The Aquabats? I bloody love The Aquabats. They are crime fighting, pizza eating, punk superheroes. Alas I only made it in time to hear the last three songs as I checked in. But I decided hey! I will shoot some photos anyway, because yo, life does not revolve
I read this article last week about them opening the McDonald’s headquarters downtown and in the restaurant, there was a menu that was just items from around the world. Immediately I knew I had to call up Mat Stokes, fellow photographer and junk food connoisseur, to go on an adventure. This is the first photo adventure of the summer and in true Maryam fashion, I forgot to bring my camera.
So this happened in October, and yes it has taken me this long to put these photos anywhere. I had a wonderful time at this show. Apologies, I Have None are one of my favourite UK bands, and one I have seen a million times in Europe. One of the weird things about moving was not being able to see UK bands anymore, I mean it was obviously going to
Another day, another Riot Fest gallery. After starting the Saturday with RVIVR, we ran over to that tiny stage near the lady on the motorbike balancing on a rope to catch Turnspit. This is where I quickly learned I could use one lens all weekend and was a very happy bunny. Shout out to my photo buddy of the weekend Mat Stokes, who was taking photos for The Bad Copy.
Let’s start on these Riot Fest photos. Riot Fest 2017 was wonderful it was just a really positive, friendly environment to be in. Everyone was super nice, everyone was on their A game and it was a joy to work at. It was also just one of the best festival experiences from a photo point of view as well, lots of great bands, lots of variety. Thank you, everyone at
So apparently everyone decided to release music at this show, aren’t we all lucky? Didn’t all that new music sound fantastic? I’d been pretty stoked on this whole line-up, it’s a collection of many bands that I love and it didn’t disappoint. I love the Chicago punk scene, I have my own issues with shows and don’t go to as many as I used to, but the ones I do
This took me a little while again and I apologise. July has been a whole host of crazy, from friends visiting to losing my job to getting a new job. It’s been fun and stressful. Also expensive (why did I think it was a good idea to book flights to NOLA and then flights home for Christmas were suddenly super cheap and I had to take advantage of that fact).
I usually try and get photos up the day after a show, because recently I’ve been way too excited about editing all my photos again and start to work on them as soon as I get back. I feel like I have a good thing going on. Anyway I edited these but they sat around for a little while because I’ve been so busy the last month. Ramadan, Eid, End