Priory Lane Festival

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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