Leona Lewis, London Palladium, 4 March 2016

Leona Lewis, London Palladium, 4 March 2016I’ve only once previously had the pleasure of shooting at the Palladium. It’s a stunning venue, and the last time I was there I had the run of the place on a AAA pass for Brian May and Kerry Ellis.

Tonight though was a standard pass which meant no access directly in front of the stage as it’s a fully seated venue and not the type of place that wants photographers blocking everyone’s view. We were told we had to be at the back which isn’t a great angle to shoot from, so I got management permission to shoot from down one side. It meant I was close enough on the 300mm for it to not matter that I wasn’t in the pit. I think the other photographers were grateful because security were very obliging and they mostly all followed my lead and came to join me about 6 rows back off to one side, apart from one poor sod who got told it was ‘full’ downstairs so they made him shoot from the dress circle which can’t have been any fun.