Kylie – Anti Tour, Melbourne
Kylie debuted her Anti Tour at Melbourne’s The Palace Theatre on Sunday night. With no backing dancers or elaborate sets and dressed down in a Vivienne Westwood Marilyn tee and Dolce & Gabbana denim shorts – Kylie could’ve been any singer and her band, except not many mid-level bands can sell 2,000 tickets within minutes. Such was the fever-pitch, that to ensure a good position, we had to hang about The Palace all day – and so I bring you these photos
My highlight was when she embarked on the Impossible Princess-era tracks; Drunk and Say Hey – turning The Palace into a rave! And ‘the money shot’ – that was taken during Disco Down!
Seeing Kylie (for the first time) in such an intimate setting with a super fan, it’s a show I’ll remember for a long time. Kylie closed the show with the title track of her 1989 album Enjoy Yourself sporting original 1989 tour merchandise. Kylie proved that she can captivate the audience without any of her hits, bells or whistles.
Check out my full Kylie gallery!
Bush @ Palace Theatre
Thursday night at The Palace Theatre, I got my hard rock face on to shoot the Bush Soundwave sideshow, supported by Staind & Cherri Bomb. In a high-energy show, frontman Gavin Rossdale and co played as if they were never gone. A pleasure to photograph! A highlight was when he ran to the upper standing areas to mingle with the crowd without missing a single word.
Full gallery on Life Music Media.
A collaboration between talented Melbourne stylist, Joolz Makim and I resulted in a unique take on Australian Summer fashion. View the full editorial below.
Feist @ The Palais
This year’s Laneway festival brought another of my favourite singer-songwriters downunder, Feist. The Canadian artist broke into the world’s consciousness thanks to her critically-acclaimed album The Reminder and that song featured in the Apple iPod Nano ad in 2007.
Playing a sideshow at the St Kilda gem, The Palais Theatre, Feist’s set-list was dominated by new tracks, with only a few token songs from The Reminder (and the noticeably absent 1234).
Big Day Out 2012 - Melbourne
Big Day Out. The annual pilgrimage the northern hemisphere-residing bands want to make. Celebrating its 20th year, BDO’s Melbourne event lived up to my expectations; a dizzying day of racing between stages in the heat, expensive festival food and a corroboree of boho-dressed girls and board short-sporting guys.
Believe it or not, this was my first BDO – a musical coming-of-age for me, albeit 10 years too late. I was there shooting for Life Music Media!
Here are some of my highlights from Big Day Out – Melbourne:
From left: My Chemical Romance, The Living End and Kimbra.
Soundgarden – Orange Stage
The REAL headliner of the Big Day Out came in the form of veteran grunge Gods from Seattle, Soundgarden. That is all.
The Living End – Blue Stage
On the main stage, Chris Cheney never fails to deliver, effortlessly keeping the energy levels up. Playing a set list of 90s classics and throwing a few spanners in the works, The Living End should have a standing date at BDO for years to come.
Kimbra – Converse Green Stage
Kimbra brought a welcome relief of estrogen to the Big Day Out – it seemed that every photographer was there to cover her set. Her incredibly strong pipes, crazy Rio-inspired outfit and captivating presence, had both the audience and photographers thrilled.
Cage The Elephant – Essential Stage
Now and then there’s a pretty great discovery. After tearing up Coachella festival, Cage The Elephant played their first Big Day Out like they meant it. Lead singer Matt Shultz was a photographers dream, providing the only crowd surf moment of the day.
Full gallery on Life Music Media.
I’ve had Beth Orton on my “must see” list for sometime now and thankfully Beth did not disappoint! Performing an intimate acoustic set in the classic Athenaeum Theatre, the set list featured old fan favourites and a taste of new music from her upcoming album.
Check out all my photos from the night on Life Music Media!
Bluejuice frontman Jake Stone
What a great way to ring in the new year, than with two solid days of music at Pyramid Rock! I covered the festival for Beat Magazine. Can you spot yourself in the crowd? Check out the pics!
- Pyramid Rock Gallery – Day 1 – The Living End, Gotye, Cloud Control, Spiderbait, Spank Rock, Ash Grunwald, Vascoe Era, Lyrics Born, The Herd, The Delta Riggs, Dum Dum Girls, The Bamboos and more…
- Pyramid Rock Gallery – Day 2 – Scissor Sisters, Bluejuice, Sparkadia, The Panics, Drapht, Blue King Brown, Illy, Owl Eyes, Hermitude, Georgia Fair, Graveyard Train, Grace Woodroofe, Abbe May and more…
Anthea Solopotias – Fashion Aid 2011
The annual iSelect Fashion Aid 2011 event was held at Crown Casino this week and hosted by Jo Stanely (FoxFM). Supporting Mission Australia in their fight to eliminate disadvantage and create a fairer Australia.
This years 80′s theme was everywhere – in the fashion, Rhythm Nation-style moves and kicking soundtrack featuring Madonna & Michael Jackson. Australian Idol winner, Stan Walker may have stolen the show…
Check out all my photos on LifeMusicMedia!
Kimbra @ The Forum
New Zealand songstress, AKA “The Next Big Thing,” played to a sold out Forum Theatre in Melbourne last night. With support from Husky and Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!, the show was evidence that young Melbourne is a rocking town.
Check out my photos from the concert on LifeMusicMedia!
Megan Park, Runway 2
Melbourne’s annual Spring fashion event rolled into town, and I was there to capture the runway action! Designer’s featured: Obus, Leonard St, Kings of Carnaby, Fat, Alice Euphemia, Green with Envy, Dhini, Megan Park, lifewithbird, Gorman and Nevenka.
Check out my photos of the Designer Series Boutique Runway for StyleMelbourne!