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Priory Lane Festival - Night

This is Part 2 of my Priory Lane Festival posts, if you missed Part 1 check it out before continuing.

The day portion of the festival ended at around 5pm and the night portion started at around 6:30pm leaving an hour and a half for set up. I actually nipped home in this break as there was nothing to shoot. The first act of the evening, Adam Williams, started just after 6:30pm and played until 7:30pm. Adam is a local musician who plays in local pubs and open mic nights and performs a mixture of acoustic covers and mash-ups of all genres, usually current and popular music. Adam is supremely talented and really deserves all the exposure he can get. I actually saw him playing at a local pub a week later by chance and his reception there was incredible!

 Adam Williams - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Adam Williams - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Next on stage was Double R Arts, they performed a selection of songs from pervious shows they have put on in the past, mostly from the American Idiot musical. Some members of the group also performed solo, some in duets and 1 trio. All the members are amazingly talented, and all really know how to put on a show both as a group and as individuals. Their performance lasted for 45minutes, from 7:45pm to 8:30pm.

 Double R Arts, O.K. - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Double R Arts, O.K. - Preston, England 01/10/2016

The 3rd act of the night was a local rock band who frequent the Priory Music Project, they go by the name Kings Mould. They are all young musicians who really know how to play their instruments and how to put on a show. They put 110% into their performance playing a mixture of covers and original songs. Their set also lasted 30minute and was a full frontal wall of energy and sound with the typical edgy, aggressive, punk attitude. 

 Kings Mould, Passion - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Kings Mould, Passion - Preston, England 01/10/2016

The final performance of the night was a comedy music duo called Ryan and Craig, who are hilarious may I add. They played a 45minute set, 9:30pm to 10:15pm, full of comedy covers, public jokes and a few inside jokes. They had a huge amount of crown participation and had everyone in stitches the whole time, they serenaded 1 audience member and got another up for an impromptu performance. If I get the chance I will definitely be seeing these guys again and I suggest you do too!

 Ryan & Craig - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Ryan & Craig - Preston, England 01/10/2016

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Priory Lane Festival - Day

Before I start I’m splitting this event into 2 blog posts, one for the day portion and one for the night portion. I have so many images and so much to talk about I didn’t want it to be 1 HUGE post. So here we go, Priory Lane Festival during the day.

On October 1st I attended the Priory Lane Festival that was hosted by the Priory Lane Music Project at the Priory Lane Youth Centre. I was invited along to photograph the event by my friend Michael who runs the music project. I arrived at around 12pm, lunch time, to be greeted by a whole host of different things going on, I hadn’t anticipated just how much would be going on at once. There was a Graffiti Artist, Graffiti Rooms, spraying a mural for the music project, Birds of Prey, a BBQ, a coffee morning/cake sale, and drama workshops.

 Graffiti Rooms - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Graffiti Rooms - Preston, England 01/10/2016

I mainly hung around outside to shoot the progress of the mural from blank boards to finished piece. The artist, Graffiti Rooms, is a really down to earth guy with a supreme talent and passion for what he does. I chatted with him a few times throughout the day but tried to leave him to his work as much as possible. Like I just said the mural started as 3 plain white boards leant against the side of the building but over the course of 3 hours and many, many layers of paint, they slowly turned into a beautiful mural that through a camera lens looks like its been designed in Adobe Illustrator and printed out. If you have a minute go check out Graffiti Rooms’ Instagram page, it’s seriously cool!

 Graffiti Rooms, Halfway - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Graffiti Rooms, Halfway - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Whilst the mural was being painted I dived inside to check out the Drama Workshops. Double R Arts hosted the workshop and the amazingly talented kids played out some scenes while the audience guessed who they were, the scenario and the where they were supposed to be. I watched for a short while and all the kids are seriously talented for their ages. Lighting was difficult inside so I didn’t get many useable images.

 Double R Arts - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Double R Arts - Preston, England 01/10/2016

After the drama workshops finished they were replaced with a Drum Circle Workshop hosted by Tidal Beats. They arrived with a massive array of African Drums, set up a circle of chairs and welcomed anyone and everyone who wanted to join in. They didn’t just play and expect people to be able to play along, they actually taught people how to play the different notes and rhythms as they went along. The 2 guys leading the workshop were super tenanted and really had a back for teaching as well as playing. They ran 2 workshops during their time at the event and both were full and completely different. If you want to check them out or even join they check out their website and get yourself down to one for a super fun activity that everyone can enjoy!

 Tidal Beats, Demoing - Preston, England 01/10/2016

Tidal Beats, Demoing - Preston, England 01/10/2016

After checking out the drama and drumming workshops I headed back outside to see how the mural was coming along and was AMAZED by the progress! I had left when it when nothing more than an outline and a few accents, but came back to a work of art! The artist was just adding the final touches to the piece so a grabbed a few shots and just watched in awe.

Part 2 of the even will come next week and will be all about the evening at the Priory Lane Festival so make sure you check that out when it goes live.

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Rob

Trail Tuesday - Beacon Fell Round 2

So another week and another Trail Tuesday, back up at Beacon Fell having a laugh and a top quality riding session. This is not a part 2 of last weeks Trail Tuesday Post, we just so happened to go back to the same place.

 Views - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

Views - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

I’d had the day off work so ended up arriving first, to kill some time I took some pictures looking out over Preston and Blackpool, as well as some pictures in the car park of my car and bike. After about 20/30minutes Rob and Bran turned up with Andy, Dale and Lewis only 5minutes after them. Everyone got their bikes and gear ready and we set off up to our first spot.

  Ready To Go - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

 Ready To Go - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

Our first spot was the same as last weeks, the 3 corners. It had been raining in the days prior to us going so the ground was a bit slippery but I always think that makes it more fun. Everyone session’d the corners for about half an hour before we extended the trail over the fire road and down the next section of woodland. Myself and Rob had a couple of races down the full line which left us howling with laughter. We session’d the full trail for about 30/40minutes before we moved on.

 New Line - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

New Line - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

From our first spot we pedalled up and over to behind the visitors centre to a ledge. Now A ledge may not sound heaps of fun but with the crew we had it was tonnes of fun! We found a couple of lines down to the ledge, mixing it up and challenging ourselves. Everyone killed it on the ledge and really pushed themselves, even Lewis who has only been riding with us twice before and was on a new bike he hadn’t been out on before.

 Train It - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

Train It - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

As the sun was setting the season died down and ended with Rob and Bran having a log jump competition. Obviously no one else could get anywhere close to their distance so just sat by and watched as they soared through the air before locking the brakes on as to not hit anything in the car park.

 Go Big Or Go Home - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

Go Big Or Go Home - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

As everyone was getting ready to head back to the cars I noticed the sky looked like someone had pained the cloud on. The only way to capture the scene properly I had to silhouette the trees but I love how the image came out. Shortly after we all packed up our gear and headed back to the cars via the road, packed up our cars and parted ways after another incredible session full of fun and laughter!

 That Sky Though - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

That Sky Though - Beacon Fell, Preston, Lancashire, England 16/08/2016

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Trail Tuesday - Beacon Fell

So this week for you I have another Trail Tuesday post. I really enjoy making these types of posts as mountain biking is one of my biggest hobbies. I go with a great group of guys who make the night even more fun. In this weeks instalment we headed up to Beacon Fell, somewhere I had never been riding before. I went up there with Rob, Dale, Bran, Eddie and Ste.

 Chucking Up - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

Chucking Up - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

We started our ride in the car park with the first obstacle being a pretty gruelling climb, it served well as a good warm up for the night ahead. After our climb we headed to some corner that Rob, Dale and Bran had been riding the week before. There was only 3 corners but they're pretty big, deep and loose which means lots of fun! We session’d them for a good hour or so before moving on. Everyone got lots of runs in and some surprised themselves more than others.

 Gap To Berm - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

Gap To Berm - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

From the corners we moved further into the forest to 2 very tight and fast lines. We had to dig them out slightly to mark them out and to build up some corners to get us in and out of the trees. We started on the first line which started with a pretty quick straight with a small jump, then goes into a right hander, then a left, then a SUPER tight right round a tree and into another straight with a gap off some tree roots before finishing in a more open part of the forest. The line is so much fun and would make a great dual line race track.

 Railing - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

Railing - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

The second line we rode here was a just off to the right and consisted of a straight, shallow right/left chicane, into a sharp right to another right (which we built up into a pretty decent berm) then ended with a pretty good sized gap to finish off. We had to dig out a lot of this line, especially the corners and the jump but after a short while digging and shaping it was ready to ride. We rode this line until we lost all the light.

 Cutting In - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

Cutting In - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

After we lost all the light, we packed up our things and headed back to the cars. We had to go up to the top path and back down the way we came, but where we started with the gruelling climb we finished with a fast open decent which finished the night off just right.

 Roost - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

Roost - Beacon Fell, Preston, England 09/08/2016

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Photographing Radio Rivals

Who are Radio Rivals you may be wondering. Well Radio Rivals are a Preston based 4 piece Hip- Hop/Rock band. I know them through my fiend Michael who also happens to be the sampler in the band.  Radio Rivals are made up of Nathan (aka Rival Technique), Rapper/MC, Cooko, Guitar/Bassist, Michael, Sampler, and Warren, Drummer. They play Hip-Hop/Rock music and are extremely good at it.

I have previously worked with them to produce their first music video for their single Tuned In, you can see that below or on their YouTube Channel.

Working with them this time was very different. They were scheduled to perform at The Ferret in Preston as part of the new Hip-Hop Thursdays music night. This was the first Hip-Hop night that The Ferret has held and, coincidentally, it was also Radio Rivals first ever live performance. I had previously offered to photograph them if they ever needed it and this was the perfect opportunity. Well in advance of the performance I contacted the band and offered to come down and take some pictures for them, once that was confirmed I also contact the venue (The Ferret) to get their permission to use flash photography, which was also confirmed.

 Nathan, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

Nathan, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

The night ran a little behind schedule with the acts only starting at around 9pm. Before Radio Rivals were 4 other acts, which I did photograph on behalf of the venue (if you would like to see those pictures you can do here on my Facebook page). All the acts varied massively throughout the night but we're all super talented and really impressed the small audience. Radio Rivals final got on stage at around 11:30pm and started as they meant to go on. With a bang!

 Michael, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

Michael, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

They performed for about 40minutes and played a super intense set of all original songs. Myself and the audience were impressed beyond belief at the set and left us wanting more! Throughout the 40minutes I scuttled around in front of the stage to get as many pictures as possible of all members. Nathan and Cooko were easiest to photograph as they had nothing in front of them blocking my view and were both very animated, which made for some great photos. Michael and Warren both had things hiding them from certain angles, but I did my best and still came away with some great pictures.

 Cooko, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

Cooko, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

Cooko has to be the most animated and intense guitarist I have ever seen perform live. He swing and jumps and headbangs his way around the stage, playing guitar extremely well at the same time. Nathan tends to stand more still but speaks with his hands and his facial expressions are great to photograph. Warren is the most precise drummer I've ever come across and finds time between hits to express himself with his head and arms. Michael keeps his head down but has so many things in front of him that he is always on the move, nodding his head along to the pulse of the song getting very in the zone.

 Warren, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

Warren, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

Like I mentioned before Radio Rivals 40minute set was intense from start to finish and so impressive for their first live performance that they had the whole room cheering for more, they completely smashed it for their first live performance! Considering this was my first time photographing a proper gig, and using off camera flash, I am so happy with the pictures I came away with and I'm so proud of the band for doing so well and winning everyone over.

 Cooko & Nathan, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

Cooko & Nathan, Radio Rivals - Hip-Hop Thursdays, The Ferret, Preston, England 26/05/2016

It would be awesome if you could give Radio Rivals a follow on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as they deserve all the support they get, and if they ever play a show near you I whole heartedly recommend you go because they are just amazing to watch and they songs are killer! 

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