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
So I missed a lot of bands tonight because ya girl has to eat food and drink water at 8.32 right now because she’s fasting. This means eat first and then show. Ramadan is almost over and I am both sad and glad. Shout of to Mike Boren for being my iftar buddy and having tacos with me. I was super stoked on this show because I love Not Half
I want to talk about the show last night. The last few shows at Quenchers have just been so fantastic. Solid line ups and all the good people which leads to a night where you have the ABSOLUTE most fun. I was buzzing at the end of last night, it was so brilliant. The Chicago Punk scene is a varied, vibrant, awesome place full of amazing bands playing fantastic music.
I was thinking of putting the shows in separate galleries but then realise THIS IS MY BLOG AND I CAN DO WHAT I WANT. So here you can have an insight into how my Saturday night went. It started downstairs at SubT for F**k You, Idiot, Double Feature, Drones and Post Child. I love taking photos of Post Child and F**k You, Idiot. It’s always a total joy and Mat
First things first, I have misplaced my favourite lens. Now I am a good photographer but I am very very DIY about it all. My equipment is all very well looked after, it just seems like I’m a little absentminded. My lens is in my apartment, I’m pretty sure of it, I just can’t remember where I put it. So until I find it I have ONE lens to shoot
(No seriously it was Child’s Mind, Dethwarrent, City Mouse and Sass Dragons – I’m just fucking with you) One of the big reasons I moved myself to Chicago was because of the music scene here. I’m spoilt, I grew up in London and had all the bands and all the music on my doorstep. When I decided to leave it was important to me to be somewhere where I could