Gig Review – Kerry Ellis, London Palladium, 12 May 2013

It’s been a while since my last gig. Too long! It seems though that photography restrictions at big concerts are increasing by the day – more ‘no agency’ contracts, more mixing desk shoots and contracts attempting to force photographers to forego their copyright (would you ever ask an artist to give you all rights to their next hit for free!?!)

Tonight therefore couldn’t have been a better tonic. I’ve never shot a gig at the London Palladium, and it’s a fabulous venue. The lighting was some of the best I’ve worked with in a long time. Better still I was the only accredited photographer and I was shooting the whole show, with the freedom to shoot from anywhere in the auditorium.

I chose to shoot much of it on the magnificent Nikon 300mm f/2.8 lens, simply the most ruthlessly sharp lens I’ve ever used, and I was delighted with the results, especially when Kerry rocked out with Brian May on ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’. What a great night!