With such a large camera held at head height and just in front of me, people assumed that I was there on official business. They were not only stepping out of the way but getting their friends to do the same. From above it must have looked like Moses parting the Red Sea. This worked fine as long as they did not ask the age old questions :-
"Are you a professional photographer?"
and before I can answer...
"Who do you work for?"
Letting people think I'm a professional is one thing but I can't bring myself to actively lie to them.....
of having a 'perv' lens. I looked her up and down
and assured her she was perfectly safe from this
'perv lens', as it had much more interesting things
of what you get when some drunken festival
goer insists you take their photo in the
middle of a crowd. Trying to explain to
him that the camera is set up to take
pictures over 20 feet away, is a bit like
attempting to explain to a hysterical five year
old that you ate their chocolate bar to save
them from obesity..... In the end I just took
the photo. As Mrs B pointed out, he didn't
really want to see.* He just wanted his soul
captured for posterity.
* To be honest he was so far drunk it probably
would have looked in focus to him if he had
bothered to look, rather then swaying off through
The artists in the order which we saw them on Saturday 22nd August at Hylands Park Chelmsford :-
A nice start to the day but found it a little sad that such a great band as Starsailor should make such an early appearance in the day. At least they were on the main stage though...
Good entertainers, if a little scary. Impressed to see Shingai playing a guitar.
and bassist with the Noisettes.
She's a little intimidating, so
I'm glad that I did not get that close
to the front.
did not impress Mrs B. The best thing
about them was having a bunch of
Australians in front of us as they got
thrashed in the cricket. Harsh but fair.
I like Lily but wish she would stop smoking on stage. It's not big, it's not clever. While I'm at it, what's the point in playing with the Wha Wha machine? It's not a musical instrument and just goes to highlight that Lily can't play one. While not the best voice in the world I love her lyrics and combined with the music it makes for a good show.
celebrates her spot on the main stage
face make up. No wait didn't Lady Gaga nick
that off Bowie.....?
The Specials brought back a few memories of the
80's. Happy to report that Terry Hall, the lead
singer, is still as miserable as ever.
odd that whenever she is booked for a concert
she invariably fails to make it. Which makes
me suspect she was either late for last year's
V or early for the next one....
Johnny Borrel takes the Razorlight boys through
anther great performance. One of my highlights
of the day.
The later the artists' slot, the harder it is to get
good photographs. Not only does the light go but
the crowd gets well, "crowdier". I guess a lot of
the people are still comatose in the early part
off the day,resurfacing only as darkness falls.
when you have a clash of two bands, that you want to see,
appearing at the same time. The big
dilemma of the day for us was, should we see
Fat Boy Slim or The Killers?
Having seen the Killers previously and Mrs B
having a hankering to listen to some of those
Fat Boy sounds, the choice was made.
From my point of view it didn't turn out to be the
best. I loved the light show and the few tracks
that he played off his albums. Unfortunately
the rest of the set appeared to be a moronic
repetitive beat. [Mrs B "But that's what he does!!!"]Still Norman seemed to enjoy
Some of the faces in the crowd
drink or wether he was just sick of the music.
wheel a tea trolley through the crowds.
I'm not sure they sold enough tea to
make it worthwhile…
when you can bring your living room with you...
be missing a shower cap.
And that was just Saturday, tune in next time for Sunday...