I was super happy to have the opportunity to shoot this one. A real gem in this summers calendar, with the Jarman's curating a night featuring a couple of the best bands to come out of Leeds in recent years. Oh, and Thurston ruddy Moore!
I've not had many opportunities to shoot at Millennium Square in the past, and I'd forgotten just how great it is to shoot. Generally speaking shows here are a bit of a rarity, especially since the Arena opened, so whenever a show is announced it has that sense of being a bit of a special occasion, and this certainly was no exception.
Menace Beach had the honour of getting the evening underway, with their signature grunge-pop. They've very much mastered the 90's alt-rock sound akin to the likes of Pavement and the friendlier side of Sonic Youth, which I'm a massive fan of. The evergreen Pulled Apart By Horses followed, who did what they do best: Screaming and jumping. I can't actually remember the last time I saw these guys play a show - it was certainly pre-Tommy - and I'd forgotten just how much fun they are to shoot. Finally Thurston Moore provided a sobering gravitas to events, with his solo material providing a poignant reminder as to who it was that helped inspire the Jarmans all those years ago.
When it was time for Ryan, Gary and Ross to take the stage the square was suitably electric. Ryan launched a pint into the crowd, before the trio burst straight into 'Ancient History'. The following hour and a half anthology was delivered with the usual archaic energy: Ryan bumbling around the stage kicking stuff whilst delivering note-perfect riffs, Gary the usual air of calm, and Ross climbing on his drum kit. Leeds was off it's nut.
In terms of shooting the show, I was keen to get something different to my previous efforts. I tried to make the most of the elaborate production, getting shots from the back of the square of the lighting and confetti cannons, whilst also spending a short while crouched behind Ryan's iconic "Green" amp, to get a shot of the crowd in front of the Civic Hall.
Travelling home I felt immensely proud to be a Yorkshireman, and to have had the opportunity to shoot such an epic home-from-homecoming show.
The following morning the guys put a tweet out saying "We have played 833 Cribs shows over the years. Last night was #1". Admittedly, I've only witnessed approx 1% of those shows, but I'd have to agree.
Them three brothers from Wakey done good.