Inner City Live in Birmingham with Doves, Johnny Marr, The Coral and The Twang

Music Photography with DOVES, Johnny Marr, The Coral and The Twang at Perry Park.

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Following on from the blistering heat of last week the one day Inner City Live Festival in Birmingham promised to be a sunshine special.  The festival offered a brilliant line up which was to consist of Doves, Johnny Marr and The Coral and even better I had a pass to shoot.  

Cue Sunday and constant rain (rain seems to be inevitable in my outdoor shooting this year). It was as if those from the north brought their own specific weather system with them.  The crowds were not deterred, more like determined to have a great time and so their enthusiasm created a really good one day event.  

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It was not the easiest shooting conditions when its raining but with Doves and Johnny Marr on the same line up, well that’s a gift, music that I listen to regularly and love. 

The crew were sweeping water off the stage when we arrived and both The Twang and The Coral were set up nearer the back of the stage for this reason.  I like The Coral the more I see them…they’re consistently great.  By the time Johnny Marr came on there was a break in the weather and he was front and centre, complete with that aura he brings to the stage.  He played a festival friendly set including his latest material and a smattering of Smiths songs with all of his signature moves on show.   

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It started raining again, the crowds were ready and Doves took to the stage.  Opening with Fire Suite followed by Snowden which is a wonderful experience, it’s the way their music envelops you.  Three songs with Doves and I was out of the pit and in the crowd.

The crowd loved them, many had travelled miles to be there and rain wasn’t going to slow anyone down.  Black and White Town, Kingdom of Rust and Pounding really hit the mark in terms of activity for a tired, soaked audience.  The encore was The Cedar Room and There Goes the Fear then a surprise..well at least for me Space Face…which had me surrounded by guys throwing shapes!

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I trudged in somewhat wet already thinking it would be a tricky day to shoot.  I left elated that images with rain spots are not the end of the world and that the bands gave it everything.

A few images from the day are enclosed.

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The full review and more images will be on Birmingham Live! soon.