Helter, Hull Freedom Festival 2015
Being invited to shoot a festival is quite exciting in it's own right. Over the three days of Freedom Festival there were plenty of opportunities to take great pictures covering a whole range of genres and techniques. But another bonus to photographing a festival is that you get to see lots of great bands, shows and events, usually from the front with a great view!
I'd heard of Hull band Helter prior to my visit, mainly through facebook and word of mouth. When I saw they were playing as one of the opening bands on the Fruit Trade Music Stage I knew I had to get myself there. I had other events to cover so I sadly couldn't hang around for the full set but what I did see was a well put together band with a nice sound and some good lyrics to boot.
They were hanging at the back of the stage prior to their slot and I grabbed the opportunity for a few words of encouragement and a posed shot against a rather gritty shutter door backdrop. The band members are local Hull lads with Kev Tracey and Sam Webster on guitar, playing bass is Jamie Webster with a rather talented drummer in Andy Irving. Lead Vocals and guitar is Ian Cowell who I have seen on vocals in various other Hull bands over the years.
The lads have that swagger, that something about them and no doubt will go on to better things. They pulled in a good sized crowd for the early Friday evening slot and have already got somewhat of a following. After a short intro they opened with a track called The Rambler and followed on with Tell me why, entertaining the crowd who were in good spirits and getting in to the play list. Local celeb and BBC Radio Humberside presenter David Burns could be seen amongst the revellers and even tweeted a picture of the band in action. Burnsy liked them, the crowd liked them and they were pretty photogenic too so I got a double bonus!
Here's a selection of images from the opening few songs and I genuinely wish I could've hung around longer . Needless to say I'm already making plans to see and photograph them again. Check them out on facebook by clicking the link https://www.facebook.com/Helter.band1
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