Here we go then with another year…2015 here we come and I’m still wondering where, and how, 2014 went. I think it went well but if I’m honest it was a bit of a blur so as is traditional in my first blog of the new season I’m going to pause, rewind and reflect back on some of the best bits. First up a classic – Del Amitri in fine form at Leeds Academy, closely followed by the oh so stylish Metronomy.
Also at the O2, The Stranglers, celebrating four decades on the road with a brilliant back catalogue gig from the last 40 years.
Always a pleasure, Franz Ferdinand were touring their latest album ‘Right thoughts, Right words, Right Action’. Fantastic night despite a bun fight in the pit.
Another vintage band, another new album, Manic Street Preachers took Leeds Arena by storm with their latest release, Futurology. Fantastic lighting and the usual passionate delivery made for some memorable images..
Also packing out the Arena, Elbow led by frontman Guy Garvey who had just turned 40 but seemed pretty cheerful regardless.
With bands like Royal Blood on the menu, Live at Leeds 2014 was bigger and better than ever…some of the other memorable moments came from Fat White Family and The Sunshine underground…
Meanwhile at Download it was wall to wall quality with new talent like While She Sleeps performing like veterans..
And veterans like Aerosmith and Joe Bonamassa still more than holding their own.
An eclectic mix at Deershed included another star turn from Johnny Marr…
…and some folksy passion from Stornaway.
And at Y Not we had a chance encounter with Jarvis Cocker..
Last but by no means least of the festivals – Leeds, with stonking performances from Jake Bugg, the Arctic Monkeys, the Hives, Papa Roach and Queens of the Stoneage.
Back stage at the Wardrobe, Grant Nicholas – minus the rest of Feeder and an absolute pleasure to photograph.
Back at Leeds O2 Robert Plant had lost none of his charisma and it was a real treat to see the whole show..
And just down the road at HMV the best part of McBusted put in an appearance…but where was Harry..??!!
One of my favourite shots of the year, James frontman Tim Booth literally feeling the love..
And rounding off the year, two more Arena big hitters, spaceman James Blunt and Kasabian. So there you go…I knew 2014 had been a cracker but nice to reminisce for five minutes before we hurtle through another 12 months. Here we go then…brace yourselves…