I had a bit of a laugh with The Struts when I first photographed the Derby band at Bingley Festival in 2013. Back then they were maybe one of those bands that hadn’t quite made the big time but you really felt like they should. Fast forward to last year’s Download and they were definitely well on their way. In those five, intervening years, The Struts had been opening for the likes of the Stones and the Foo Fighters and really growing a fan base for their particular brand of classic glam rock, particularly in the US. Another year on and I’m heading to Stylus, a students union venue in Leeds to photograph them for the Guardian. The place was packed and the atmosphere in there was amazing. As the Guardian review sums up – “They’re not original but they are a fantastic live act and they will rock you”. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/feb/18/the-struts-review-stylus-leeds
Supporting The Struts, from New Zealand, Kelsy Karter. Before the gig all I knew about her was that she’d had a picture of Harry Styles tattooed onto her face to. As it turns out, that was a ‘fake news’ publicity stunt to promote the single she’d written about the One Direction singer. And actually, I thought she was great – really enjoyed the performance and she just seemed completely herself and at home up there.