I was delighted to have the opportunity to photograph one of my favourite bands performing at one of my favourite venues, but it wasn't an easy nights work!
For me, Editors are a criminally under-rated band. Their first couple of albums enjoyed a great deal of mainstream success and led to them being regarded as a 'British Interpol', but after the third album dropped and guitarist Chris Urbanowicz departed they just didn't seem to have the same presence, which I thought was a huge shame. This may well be my perception rather than fact, but you just didn't seem to hear about them as much anymore. Then, a few years ago, I had the pleasure of catching them headline the amazing Best Kept Secret Festival in The Netherlands, and I soon realised that their presence and popularity in Europe seemed to have far surpassed what they've achieved in Britain. The Dutch and the Belgians love em! And rightly so - that set in particular was incredible!
Editors often prove somewhat tricky to shoot, and this show - part of the Violence tour - proved to be no exception. The lighting for their shows always complements their brooding, dramatic sound, with lots of backlit silhouettes and strobes. It's always a an impressive spectacle to witness, but it means you've really got to seize your moments when they arrive. Thankfully fortune was on our side, as the moments when the stage was at its best lit coincided with Tom being his most expressive and flamboyant self.
On a personal note, it was great to see Justin Lockey on stage again. I absolutely love his sound, and I was gutted he couldn't make the Mastersystem show in Leeds earlier this year - a show that has since become all the more poignant.
The set opened with one of my favourite Editors tracks - "The Boxer" from In This Light And On This Evening, and as I was walking out through the packed Apollo which was bouncing to crowd-pleaser "All Sparks", I soon realised that the relevance of Editors should definitely not be questioned. They clearly still command a huge, loyal fan base that has embraced their various changes in musical direction with open arms, and just because they're a band you might not hear about as much, they are very much still there.