Relentless Energy Drink Kerrang Tour 2012

Although this was the third gig I’ve photographed in the last few weeks, it’s the first I’ve managed to get round to blogging.

Think this was my 6th time shooting the Kerrang! tour out of the last 7, and it’s a tour that I always enjoy, Kerrang! always manages to pull some great bands.

Headlining this year were New Found Glory, who are one of my favourite bands and have been since the early 2000’s (back when I was younger). Despite having seen them live many times, this was the first time I’ve photographed them. Really enjoyed it, as they are a high energy band. The only problem with that, it that 2 and a half minutes a song, means the three songs photographing can go really quickly. The added benefit this year, was that flash was allowed, which was lucky, cos the bands were all backlite, which would have made it hard to get a properly exposed face, with a high enough shutter speed.

New Found Glory at Norwich UEA, 8th February 2012 (Photographer: Jon Luton)

New Found Glory at Norwich UEA, 8th February 2012 (Photographer: Jon Luton)

New Found Glory at Norwich UEA, 8th February 2012 (Photographer: Jon Luton)

New Found Glory at Norwich UEA, 8th February 2012 (Photographer: Jon Luton)

New Found Glory at Norwich UEA, 8th February 2012 (Photographer: Jon Luton)

New Found Glory at Norwich UEA, 8th February 2012 (Photographer: Jon Luton)

Before New Found Glory were The Blackout, who were last minute replacements for the injured Sum 41. A lot of people were disappointed when The Blackout were announced as Sum 41 replacements, but for me, The Blackout are a great live band and I always enjoy them. They played a solid hour set, including a cover of Fat Lip by Sum 41.

The Blackout at Norwich UEA, 8th February 2012 (Photographer: Jon Luton)

The Blackout at Norwich UEA, 8th February 2012 (Photographer: Jon Luton)

The Blackout at Norwich UEA, 8th February 2012 (Photographer: Jon Luton)

The Blackout at Norwich UEA, 8th February 2012 (Photographer: Jon Luton)

LetLive were the band that everyone was looking forward to seeing. Having gained a buzz about them in the last year for their singers, Jason Butler, onstage antics. Off stage Jason is a calm mellow guy, but on stage he is all over the place, jumping off speaker stacks, getting in the crowd. Such a good performer. From a photography point of view, this made it hard, as he was moving so quickly around the stage that ficsuing on him was hard, but there’s a few shots I’m happy with.

LetLive at Norwich UEA, 8th February 2012 (Photographer: Jon Luton)

LetLive at Norwich UEA, 8th February 2012 (Photographer: Jon Luton)

LetLive at Norwich UEA, 8th February 2012 (Photographer: Jon Luton)

LetLive at Norwich UEA, 8th February 2012 (Photographer: Jon Luton)

First up were While She Sleeps, a really heavy band from UK. These guys have been gaining a following over the last year or so, by being a solid live band, really enjoyed them. From a photography point of view, their long songs meant the three songs passed very slowly, so I got more chance to get the shots I wanted.

While She Sleeps at Norwich UEA, 8th February 2012 (Photographer: Jon Luton)

While She Sleeps at Norwich UEA, 8th February 2012 (Photographer: Jon Luton)

While She Sleeps at Norwich UEA, 8th February 2012 (Photographer: Jon Luton)

While She Sleeps at Norwich UEA, 8th February 2012 (Photographer: Jon Luton)

If you would like to see the full sets of photos from this years Kerrang tour, then visit my Photoshelter page: Jon Luton Photography

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