Best of 2021 Live Music Photography
Another year is over and I’m taking a look back at my Best of 2021 Live Music Photography. A collection of my favourite shots taken in 2021 and a round-up of my favourite albums from the year. I’ll also be talking about what I am looking forward to in 2022.
As we all know, 2021 started with many gigs being cancelled and much uncertainly about as & when they’d happen. But it slowly happened from late May, summer happened, and it felt like gig life had returned to some normality. Long may this continue in 2022.
Much like weddings, once live music started again it felt like a year’s worth of gigs all happening within six months!
As I put together this Best of 2021 Live Music Photography, I thought back to my first gig of 2021 which was a surreal experience when Squid played at the launch of Falmouth’s newest venue, the Cornish Bank. It was back in May and one of the first post lockdown gigs that happened. The capacity was limited and everyone had to be seated. I was beyond excited! Not only to be in a room listening to live music again but to be there with my camera, shooting for the Guardian. Take a look at the Squid review here: A krautrock kite caught in a prog-rock squal.
And then Boardmasters finally happened after two long years! That was when life felt normal again. Being back in a field with 50,000 people, seeing old friends and shooting three days of live music. It felt pretty good! The highlight of the weekend was seeing Arlo Parks and 10,000 people singing ‘Caroline’ back to her. Goosebumps!
There’s a lot of my shots from the festival here, but for a full review, head to my Boardmasters Festival 2021 post.
Between shooting, I got to a couple of gigs without my camera. idles in Bristol for their epic hometown show and then to Birmingham for Frank Turner at the Moseley Folk Festival.
Another welcome return was the Eden Sessions. Normally Eden happens over June & July, but in 2021 the rearranged sessions happened over a week in September. This was a crazy time for me, shooting five sessions and three weddings in ten days. Busy, but I loved it!
Live music in 2021 finished for me at the Falmouth Reggae Festival, making a welcome return to the Princess Pavilion. A festival I’d never made it to before, but I guarantee I’ll be returning this year.
And that was it! 2022 looks set to be another busy one, both for Live Music and Weddings. Live music kicks off again in a few weeks with the Balck Tambourines in Falmouth, then the annual Independent Venue Week shows at the Old Bakery in Truro. When the festival season starts in the summer I’ll be back at Eden and Boardmasters shooting for Cornwall Live again, as well as many other shows throughout the year. It’ll all be soundtracked to regular listening to 6music and taking in as much new music as I can.
So to finish off, here’s my list of favourite albums from the year that was 2021. And you can listen to some of my favourite tracks on my Best of 2021 playlist.
1. idles – Crawler
2. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Carnage
3. The War On Drugs – I Don’t Live Here Anymore
4. Deafheaven – Infinite Granite
5. Quicksand – Distant Populations
6. Genghis Tron – Dream Weapon
7. John – Nocturnal Manoeuvres
8. Converge & Chelsea Moon – Bloodmoon
9. Sugar Horse – The Live Long After
10. Every Time I Die – Radical
11. Turnstile – Glow On
12. Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams
13. Mogwai – As the Love Continues
14. The Hold Steady – Open Door Policy
15. Ben Howard – Collections From The Whiteout
16. St Vincent – Daddy’s Home
17. Chubby and the Gang – Speed Kills
18. Special Interest – The Passion Of
19. Self Esteem – Prioritise Pleasure
20. Amyl and the Sniffers – Comfort to Me
21. Squid – Bright Green Field