Gordon Armstrong picks his best music photos of 2017 in this special photo feature
It’s been a fantastic year for gigs and lost count of bands I’ve seen. There have been some other amazing gigs like Therapy, Anthrax, Life Of Agony, Mr Big, Courtesans and many more that I could fill this up with. However, I’ve obeyed the rules and stuck with the ten!
Bring on 2018 and hundreds of more opportunities to be told “First 3, no flash”. Massive thanks to everyone who have helped me do all of this throughout 2017, it’s greatly appreciated.
Blink 182 – Metro Radio Arena
had to include this as it was my first arena photo pass and quite a production to bust my cherry on!! This pic pretty much sums up my reaction as the curtain dropped and I knew I had only 6 minutes or so ( 3 short songs ) to get in and try to get something !!!
Living Colour – Newcastle Riverside
One of my all-time favourite bands and they absolutely killed it at the Riverside. I chose this photo as it is pretty much straight out of the camera with no edit and I just love it!
Lightyear – Think Tank Newcastle
Lightyear made a welcome return to the scene after a lengthy hiatus and as this photo shows still have an electric energy.
Cheap Trick – Manchester Academy
Legends! I was absolutely blown away at being given the chance to shoot them for HRH Mag and was my first time in print.
Glenn Hughes – Newcastle Riverside
The voice of rock himself! I love this portrait for the detail that shows through.
Fat Freddys Drop -Boiler Shop Newcastle
A fun band to shoot. I loved how the industrial piping on this one looks like a sound wave coming out of the trombone the way the light hits it!
Manic Street Preachers – Live From Times Square
I was so honoured to be able to photograph all seven nights at the Live From Times Square and could have easily picked my 10 from those shows alone but for me this one of Nicky Wire caught my (and a lot of others) attention.
Afghan Whigs – Church Leeds
Afghan are a bucket list band for me, so to also get to photograph them was just an amazing experience. However to then get Greg singing the first song down your lens ……..Shame I couldn’t get a clearer one but hey I’ll take it !!
Every Time I Die – Newcastle Riverside
What is becoming an annual masterclass in carnage ETID once again tore the place apart! I think they’ll always be in my top ten pics of the year as long as they play as it is a photo op every five seconds when they play.
Turnover – Newcastle Riverside
Their new album has hardly left my turntable since release and it was great to see them able to be that good live too. This photo though I just love the feel of it.