2014 IN PICTURES – JUNE

No football, but there was still plenty of stuff to do in June.

The first weekend saw me head to The Limelight for Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott. If the names sound familiar, that’s because they were the vocal duo in The Beautiful South from 1994 onwards.

I never saw The Beautiful South during their lifespan, so it was good to see this gig.

Two weeks later, was a gig with a difference – it was on a roof. I went to see Wonder Villains launch their album on the roof of the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast.

The following Saturday, I was out in Belfast City Centre, getting some Street Art shots, the highlight of which was some Sunflowers opposite The Sunflower Bar.

Later that day, was a HMV instore gig by Runaway Go, at a new dedicated performance area.

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Live At The Limelight

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Live At The Limelight Photo Album

Wonder Villains Live At The Oh Yeah Centre

Wonder Villains Live At The Oh Yeah Centre Photo Album

Sunflowers and Stripes

Runaway Go Live At The Loft

Runaway Go Live At The Loft Photo Album

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RUNAWAY GO – LIVE AT THE LOFT 28.6.2014

For the second successive Saturday, it was an afternoon concert for me, this time seeing Runaway Go at The Loft, or if you prefer, 3rd floor of HMV at Donegall Arcade.

Previous instore gigs i’d been too at HMV had been a bit chaotic simply due to the lack of space when bands had been performing on the ground floor. Generally, the view was crap.

This new layout is a lot more specious and enjoyable experience.

Over the past few Saturdays, HMV had been staging lunchtime concerts with local acts on the bill. Today’s concert ws by Runaway Go, a band i’d previously seen a couple of times, most notably at Belsonic, supporting James and Suede.

Today’s set was more acoustic based, but still enjoyable. They’ve got an album out in October, so looking forward to that.

Photo Album

Runaway Go Live At Belsonic 2013

Runaway Go Live At Belsonic Photo Album

2013 IN PICTURES – AUGUST

August began with a trip to Dublin to see Blur (supported by Bat For Lashes and The Strypes), for the first time, and possibly the only time, which was why I was so desperate to go.

As the concert was a Thursday, I decided to make a weekend of it, having not stayed in Dublin since 2011. While I was there, I saw lots of Street Art photos (I didn’t go in search of them, but I stumbled upon some, so it would have been rude not to get photos.

Also, while I was in Dublin, I went to see St Patrick’s Athletic take on Drogheda United (my original choice of Bray Wanderers v Shelbourne was moved to a later date) which finished 0-0.

It was my second visit to Richmond Park, both of which have finished 0-0. There’s probably a Banning Order against me attending another match there.

Upon my return from Dublin, that wasn’t the end of the fun, as I went to see The Charlatans at Falls Park. Like Blur, this was my first time seeing them, and possibly my only chance to.

The following weekend, the new season started, and I was at Shamrock Park to see Linfield take on Portadown

My next football match, was the rearranged from March game between Northern Ireland and Russia, which Northern Ireland won 1-0.

That weekend, I was travelling again, this time to Edinburgh, for the festival, but I took in a football match, Hibs v Dundee United, and got some Street Art photos.

After returning from Edinburgh, it was all about Belsonic, my only concert of it being Suede. I was already excited about Suede (like Blur and The Charlatans, never seen them, might be my only chance) but James being added as a support (seen them twice, but never in Northern Ireland) was the icing on the cake.

To end an exciting month, I went to see Linfield play Glentoran. It finished 0-0.

Dublin Street Art

Dublin Street Art Photo Album

Blur Live At IMMA Dublin

Blur Live At IMMA Dublin Photo Album

Bat For Lashes Photo Album

The Strypes Photo Album

St Patrick’s Athletic v Drogheda United

St Patrick’s Athletic v Drogheda United Photo Album

The Charlatans Live At Falls Park

The Charlatans Live At Falls Park Photo Album

Echo Raptors Live At Falls Park Photo Album

Portadown v Linfield

Northern Ireland v Russia

Northern Ireland v Russia Photo Album

Hibernian v Dundee United

Hibernian v Dundee United Photo Album

Edinburgh Street Art

Edinburgh Street Art Photo Album

Runaway Go Live At Belsonic

Runaway Go Live At Belsonic Photo Album

James Live At Belsonic

James Live At Belsonic Photo Album

Suede Live At Belsonic

Suede Live At Belsonic Photo Album

Linfield v Glentoran

2013 IN PICTURES – JUNE

There may have been no football, but June was still a busy month, with many photos.

At the start of the month, protest t-shirts began appearing on trees in Ormeau Park, and I saw Silhouette in concert at Stiff Kitten.

Meanwhile, I was out and about with my camera, and got some pics of Street Art and Graffiti near Lavery’s. There was even one in East Belfast declaring Eric Clapton’s divinity.

I also attended The Big IF, held at Botanic Gardens to coincide with the G8, where I got absolutely drenched watching Two Door Cinema Club do an Acoustic set. Not one of my more pleasurable photo adventures.

Meanwhile, on my travels, I saw Street Art in Lisburn urging people to love more, stencils of Norman Wisdom in Ballyclare, and attending Whitewash, a Street Art event in Portadown.

Belfast Randomness

Belfast Randomness Photo Album

Silhouette Live At Stiff Kitten Photo Album

Runaway Go Live At Stiff Kitten Photo Album

Eric Clapton and the G8

The Big IF

The Big IF Photo Album

Whitewash Portadown

Whitewash Portadown Photo Album

RUNAWAY GO – LIVE AT CUSTOM HOUSE SQUARE (BELSONIC) 24.8.2013

Was at Custom House Square this weekend for Belsonic. One of the bands appearing on the Saturday bill was local act Runaway Go.

It was my third time seeing them, having previously seen them supporting Silhouette in June, and performing at Arthur’s Day last September.

They’re rather good.

Photo Album

Runaway Go Live At Stiff Kitten Photo album

Runaway Go Live At Lavery’s Photo Album

BELFAST RANDOMNESS

With the nice weather in recent weeks, i’ve made the most of it and cycled around Belfast, coming up with new routes. Amongst those routes this week, i’ve seen things that could be best described as “Random”

Cycling along the Westlink, I noticed some graffiti in the Donegall Road, so naturally, I changed direction, and headed over to get some photos of it. Nothing special as such, featuring usual suspects such as ANCO and NOTA, but it was good to get some photos that I didn’t have before.

On Monday night, I was out and about in Ravenhill getting some photos of the Street Art in Bikedock’s car park. I got photos, but they’re a bit rubbish.

While cycling back through Ormeau Park, I happened to have my attention grabbed by a series of trees. One had a t-shirt on it which said “Save The Trees” and another which said “Let Me Live”. An interesting form of protest. Not sure who it is by there.

A park bench beside them, had a cover knitted on top of them.

On Tuesday, the weather was so nice, I tried a few arty shots, and got one which made Belfast look rather nice, featuring the River Lagan and the two Harland and Wolff cranes. I even managed an arty selfpic of my shadow …….

…….. Which leads me nicely into the fact I was at Stiff Kitten for a concert headlined by Silhouette, supported by Runaway Go.

I’d seen Runaway Go before (at Arthur’s Day) and enjoyed them, but I was really there to Silhouette, a fantastic band who I love. As a beginner’s guide, you probably know ‘Can’t Keep Up’ from the Tourism adverts.

A mixed bag of photos, but the end of a four day run that shows that Belfast is a bit of a random place at times.

Street Art Photo Album

Belfast Randomness Photo Album

Runaway Go Live At Stiff Kitten Photo Album

Silhouette Live At Stiff Kitten Photo Album

2012 IN PICTURES – SEPTEMBER

Summer might have been coming to an end, but my photo activities were on going. Lots of football matches, two concerts and an event to snap.

The month began (on the very first day) with a trip to The Oval to see Linfield take on Glentoran. The match finished 1-1 and I got some ok shots but nothing special, the standard arrangement at The Oval.

The following Tuesday I was at Windsor Park for Crusaders visit. Again, standard phototaking arrangements at Windsor Park.

Later that week, I was at The Limelight for the first time ever to see The View in concert. They were fantastic and I managed to get some ok photos.

The following day, I was at Shamrock Park to see Linfield return to winning ways against Portadown.

The next week brought World Cup frustration as Northern Ireland were held to a draw by Luxembourg. The lack of good photos I was able to get was as frustrating as the result.

My next photo adventure was more productive, on Culture Night, managed to get some fantastic shots. That night, there was new Street Art being made especially for the event in Garfield Street. I returned two days later to get better photos of these (assisted by daylight)

Inbetween, I headed to Mourneview Park to see Linfield come from 2-0 down to beat Glenavon 3-2. Mourneview Park is one of the Irish Leagues more friendly grounds for amateur photography, and I managed to get some nice shots when Linfield were chasing the win.

My final photo adventure of the month was at Arthur’s Day. I was at Lavery’s. I didn’t stay for the headline act (Professor Green. I was hoping for Ellie Goulding, Amy MacDonald or Mika) but managed to get some nice shots.

So that, was a busy month. Enjoy.

Glentoran v Linfield

Linfield v Crusaders

Raglans Photo Album

The View Photo Album

The View Live At The Limelight

Portadown v Linfield

Northern Ireland v Luxembourg Photo Album

Northern Ireland v Luxembourg

Culture Night Belfast Photo Album

Culture Night Belfast

Glenavon v Linfield

Garfield Street Graffiti

The Milk Photo Album

Runaway Go Photo Album

Arthur’s Day

BELFAST MUSIC WEEK

Was at The Limelight last night for a free showcase event of local bands, playing across the various venues within the complex, as part of Belfast Music Week 2012.

I was glad to be able to get to this after missing out on the lunchtime performances at HMV from Monday to Wednesday.

The two bands i’d been hoping to see the most were Runaway Go (I’d seen them at Arthur’s Day) and Wonder Villains (I love their new single ‘TV’)

I managed one out of two, seeing Wonder Villains and Pretty Child Backfire. Managed to get some good shots of both sets.

The event i’m looking forward to the most is on Sunday night at the Oh Yeah Centre, celebrating the life of (Ron Howard endorsed) Terri Hooley, including edited highlights of his biopic ‘Good Vibrations’

Hoping to get some photos of a plaque in Hill Street dedicated to Hooley.

Anyway, here’s some photos of the showcase event at The Limelight.

Pretty Child Backfire Photo Album

Wonder Villains Photo Album

ARTHUR’S DAY – LAVERY’S

Last Thursday, I was at Lavery’s for the now annual Arthur’s Day marketing stunt celebration.

The event gets a lot of flack for being a marketing event for a beer, which it is, but nobody is forced to attend, and most people attending don’t really care for Arthur Guinness, they just want to see some bands they like.

I attended last year after winning tickets for a concert at Ulster Hall. This year, it was a different set up, with the gigs being free (tickets distributed via lottery) and people turn up not knowing who the headliner is.

Unfortunately, Social Media means that people know who the headliner is as word spreads around. The headliner for Lavery’s was Professor Green (I was hoping for Amy MacDonald, Ellie Goulding or Mika)

Didn’t bother staying for Prof Green (as all the young uns call him) but I enjoyed the two support acts, The Milk and Runaway Go.

Got a decent position and some ok shots. Enjoy

The Milk

Runaway Go