Vintage Trouble is a band I would struggle to tire of photographing. Their music is fabulous, their shows have a feelgood vibe to them which is genuinely uplifting, and they are an absolute treat to photograph, mainly because Ty Taylor has the most unbelievable stage presence.
If there is a downside to tonight’s show, it is only the poor lighting. When I say poor, I mean to photograph in. To watch it was great, but when you’re shooting at ISO 6400 and still only getting 1/125th of a second, it’s tough to capture a front man who leaps and struts around the stage with boundless energy.
We shot three songs from the pit and then were allowed to stay and shoot the rest of the show, which is a rare opportunity. Paloma Faith came on as a special guest and Ty came in to the crowd twice. Once to walk all the way up to the balcony to serenade audience members and a second time to have a sing song crouched down on the main floor, which by sheer fluke he happened to do right in front of me.
Having last shot them at Wembley Stadium supporting AC/DC, I think their show is much more suited to a venue of this size because of the way they engage and connect with the audience (literally in Ty’s case with his crowd surfing and singing in the balcony). At the end they all leapt in to the crowd and walked through to the merchandise stand where they spent the next hour at least signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. It felt more like a celebratory family reunion than a concert. The stand out moment of the night was when Ty spontaneously asked for silence to remember the victims of the Paris attacks. The entire hall fell silent instantly and it was a heartfelt and moving moment which I’m sure all those present will remember for a long time.