Tonight’s show was different to the norm. As this was a charity show we had pit access for every artist. There were a number of restrictions in place with several artists requiring image approval before we could release them to our agencies.
Ed Sheeran opened the night and it’s a rarity to even get a pass to shoot one of his shows these days so the fact that we got 3 songs from the pit was good going.
It was busy to say the least! No sooner were we out of the pit after the first 3 songs for each artist than we were heading back in! There was scarcely any editing time and we even missed a number of artist promo shoots because the scheduling times clashed with our time in the pit.
As it was we almost missed Olly Murs’ set as we only had 2 songs. I had headed to the pit early but everyone else was brought down on time, several minutes after he’d gone on stage, so I had the pit to myself for first half a song.
Anne-Marie was great fun to shoot as well.
Ella Eyre was probably the highlight of the night. She’s such an energetic artist and it’s always great fun trying to get a sharp, clear shot when she’s whirling around with her hair in full flow.
Professor Green isn’t my thing at all, but he tore up the stage.
James Arthur was last on, and even though there were only 6 of us shooting, it was touch and go whether any of us would stay at one point as he was one of the artists requiring management approval of our shots which is an absolute pain.
All in all though it was a great event for a wonderful cause. All of the artists spoke about their own struggles with mental health, anxiety and so on which really did make you stop and think. Anything that raises awareness of the issues is a good thing and tonight’s show was a resounding success, and wonderful to be a part of.