28 August 2016

Rewind Festival in Henley - Day 1

This was the third year in a row I've been lucky enough to photograph Rewind Festival in Henley, and its become one of my favourite weekends of the year.

Photographing 12 bands a day over 10 hours for two days is physically quite tough, but oh so much fun!  More so because you know the lyrics to most of the songs, and you can just walk around badly lip syncing to them.

It's awesome!

On the Saturday we had Tony Hadley and the Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra, The Real Thing, Lloyd Cole & the Leopards, The Trevor Horn Band, Toyah, Hazell Dean, Snap!, Jennie 'Belle Star' Matthias, Leo Sayer, Jimmy Somerville, Rick Astley & Erasure's Andy Bell.

I was sitting in the van in the car park while Tony Hadley was doing his soundcheck (before the festival opened), running though several whole songs.  Even from half a mile away, he sounded on top voice.

Overall Leo Sayer was the highlight of the day, not only was he brilliant on stage, he was also very personable in the press tent, expressing an interest in the photos the photographers had taken of him, posing for selfies, and thanking everyone as he left.  Top guy!

The best group performance was from The Trevor Horn band, who for me were in a different league to everyone else.

Again I was the only photographer (out of around 15 others) there not using a "proper" DSLR camera, but this year quite a few of my colleagues were expressing an interest in my kit.  I was using an Olympus OM-D EM1 with 40-150mm f2.8 and EM5 Mark II with 12-40mm f2.8.  If Olympus can sort their marketing out and find a way to get their cameras into the hands of other working professionals, there will surely be less and less big bulky DSLRs being seen in the wild.

Without sounding too much like an Olympus advert (I'm not paid or working with him!), holding a few of the hefty DSLR's for just a few seconds, I'm glad to be working with a much lighter, and mostly just as capable micro four thirds system.

Anyway, the photos...  Just one photo of each act.

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