James Bay, Hammersmith Apollo, 29 March 2016

James Bay, Hammersmith Apollo, 29 March 2016You wonder if James Bay is a global star in the making. He certainly could be. I like his music and when I watched him on TV performing at the Brit Awards last month I was determined to shoot this show. It was worth it.

I enjoyed everything about this gig. I hadn’t been to the Hammersmith Apollo for ages, and despite it now lothesomely being renamed the Eventim Apollo, it’s had a fabulous refurb. The pit is massive and the front of the stage is curved which means that if the performer comes right to the front, you can shoot from one side and give the illusion of shooting from on stage behind them.

Bizarrely there weren’t many photographers tonight, and I only knew two of them. I was expecting the pit to be packed out with the regulars even though he’s doing four shows here. That was fine by me because it made life far easier – plenty of space to shoot from different angles. The lighting was sublime too which made for a nice variety of shots and an easy edit. Now if only all artists sounded great, looked great, lit their shows beautifully and gave us three songs from the pit to play with…!