This was always gonna be heaps of fun! Leeds had the privilege of playing host to the opening night of Flo's High as Hope tour, and expectations were high. I've had the fortune of photographing Flo on quite a few occasions in the past, and she's always great value to shoot. Always well lit and extremely animated, it's unlikely you come away from one of her shows regretting missed opportunities.
There was a noticeable difference with the stage for this tour to most other arena shows I've shot of late, with the entire stage built from responsively sourced/reclaimed timber, which made for an interesting backdrop. And I don't just mean a big wooden block - the stage was crafted from long, organic curves, which gave it a very 70s feel - Fleetwood Mac or The Carpenters wouldn't have looked out of place on it.
As the band ("The Machine..?") took to the stage, they had a Tranquility Base-style swagger about them, all donned in vintage tailoring which, coupled with the wooden stage added to the retro feel to the show. It looked waay cool!
The other thing of note with the stage was it was VERY low for an Arena show - I'm assuming this was to help the crowd feel closer to her, as fan interaction often plays a big part of her life show. In any case, it was great news for us. Generally speaking, Arena shows often result in us shooting up at an act, which can lead to unflattering angles and make capturing decent wide shots a bit of a nightmare. On this occasion, we were practically shooting on a level, which was a nice treat!
Initially Flo wasn't too animated when she took to the stage, and there was an initial sense of nervousness that their wasn't going to be that opportunity to get 'that' shot. However, as soon as the middle-eight of the opening track hit, she was off. Lights up, she twirled from one side of the stage to the other, with her signature ginger hair flailing everywhere - great camera fodder! This pretty much set the scene for the following two songs, with Flo at her animated best - jumping about, waving at the crowd, interacting with the band, it was pretty much all their.
A great show to shoot!