IDLES @ Glastonbury Calling

Throwback: IDLES perform in a pub!

Joe Talbot, IDLES

IDLES / 24-70mm (38mm) 1/200 - f2.8 - ISO 1600 / © Will Fahy

Going in to Glastonbury Calling, IDLES were one of the names to look out for - although I knew little about them, they were on my list of bands to shoot for the day and they put on an incredibly intense and intimidating performance.

I was shooting pretty close to the lead singer, (Joe Talbot) he had a look in his eye that could kill

I was shooting pretty close to the lead singer, (Joe Talbot) he had a look in his eye that could kill - I wasn't sure if I'd got too close, or it was all part of the show. Luckily it turned out to be part of the show. IDLES have gone on to do incredibly well across the music scene and were handed a dream slot at the Park Stage at Glastonbury in 2019 - and they'll go on to bigger things yet!

IDLES / 24-70mm (24mm) 1/200 - f2.8 - ISO 1600 / © Will Fahy

For this shot, I was really close to the guitarist, I didn't actually know how close until I reviewed my images of their show. I really like how the guitar leads you into the rest of the image.

The venue is tight, small and dark, there's no photopit and a moshpit right around you - not ideal for shooting. My approach here was to find an angle where I could also take a bit of cover from the sound system and avoid an elbow to the back of the head.

The light is patchy, so it's a case of carefully watching each member of the band and when they move into the areas of light - the nice thing about this lighting, is that when it works the shots usually look great.

IDLES / 24-70mm (27mm) 1/200 - f2.8 - ISO 1250 / © Will Fahy

Glastonbury Calling
IDLES @ Glastonbury Calling

IDLES / 24-70mm (36mm) 1/200 - f2.8 - ISO 1250 / © Will Fahy

IDLES / 24-70mm (70mm) 1/250 - f2.8 - ISO 1250 / © Will Fahy

 

 

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