In June 2019 I attended two Matty James Cassidy gigs. The gigs took place at Trillians Rock Bar in Newcastle and The Fulford Arms in York. This photo essay could continue the “photographing in the dark” theme that I started in November when I was photographing Matty and his band last time.
Still in the winter I was sure that I would attend the Camden Rocks Festival in London on the first weekend of June. But then I heard about the mini tour of The Spangles and Matty James Cassidy that would take place in mid June. One thing was sure: I couldn’t attend both. I have loved the Camden Rocks Festival in 2016 and 2017, but now – even though there would be several great bands – I started feeling that it’s too big for me. I prefer small, intimate events, where you can probably meet friends and even have nice chats. That’s not possible at the festival where people are hurrying from venue to venue to catch their favourite artists. When I met Matty in April, I said to him that it seems that I would come to see him in June on the tour.
The bands played in Newcastle on the 13th of June, on the next day in Glasgow and the last gig took place in York. As it would have been too complicated to be in time in Glasgow, Newcastle and York were the ones I attended.
Both places were a bit too dark for my camera, particularly The Fulford Arms, but below are the most decent shots from both gigs.
The members of the band: Matty James Cassidy (vocals and bass), Bret Barnes (saxophone), Phil Cassidy (guitar and vocals) and Ace Carlton (drums).
(Please note that by clicking the image it will be shown bigger in a new window.)
Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle, 13 June 2019
Greg Foster was standing in for Phil Cassidy:
I managed to take only two decent shots of the band’s drummer, Ace:
The Quireboys frontman, Spike, joined Matty and the boys on stage for the encore:
Polly and Ginna from The Spangles climbed up onto stage as well:
The last notes of the show at Trillians…
The Fulford Arms, York, 15 June 2019
I have had bad photographing experiences at The Fulford Arms, so I knew what to expect. For safety’s sake I decided to take a couple of shots during the soundcheck. Now Phil had also joined the band and I managed to get the only decent picture of him before the actual set:
Some of the shots are quite artistic…
Gary Pennick, Matty’s band mate from Tyla’s Dogs D’amour, was the special guest in the York show:
Band’s driver, Corky, was also talked onto stage for the encore:
I really am happy I attended these shows instead of the Camden Rocks Festival. Great music, great atmosphere, great people. And I met old friends and some new people.
© Katriina Etholén