The Divine Comedy at the o2 Institute
Neil Hannon has been on my list of musicians I want to photograph for a long, long time. Last night across town Alice Cooper was playing and my lovely mates at Birmingham Live said surely I would want to apply for Alice. But for me the chance to shoot The Divine Comedy was the one and the gig was one of the best I’ve seen this year.
That rich voice and massive stage persona make Neil a delight as a performer. The crowds were queuing early outside the o2 Institute as being near the front to see the gig is part of the fun. The gig was in support of the new album Office Politics with the stage complete with desks, in and out doors, phones, CRT monitors and a giant clock all of which featured.
Most gigs are three songs and leave the pit. Occasionally you see a gig like this which has so many more elements as it progresses that three songs is nowhere near enough!
Support was from Man and the Echo. On a first listen I wasn’t convinced but decided to be early, live they were good and worth being early to see.
The full review and more images are on Birmingham Live!