When I watched Jack Garratt’s performance at the Brit Awards back in February on the television, he’d barely started his performance before I knew I wanted to photograph him. Imagine a cool, multi-instrumentalist version of Ed Sheeran, chuck in sublime lighting and you’ve got one hell of a show on your hands.
I shouldn’t have been surprised that they’d accredited 16 of us for tonight’s show. It’s a big pit but that’s still a fair number for the Academy. I had checked out the stage show in advance online and he spends the whole time behind his rig, surrounded by four curved lighting towers. I knew that wide shots from the centre were what I really wanted to capture the show at its most dramatic, even if that meant I didn’t have the opportunity to also grab close up shots of him hammering the drums.
Suffice to say I already know that I want to shoot his tour again in November when he comes back. I don’t think he’ll be playing venues the size of Brixton Academy for much longer.