Thursday, 28 July 2011

The Divine Comedy & José González performing live at Greenwich SummerSessions, London

These images of The Divine Comedy and José González were taken on Tuesday night at the Greenwich Summer Sessions in London. It was the first time I had been to the event which was an evening festival at the Old Royal Navy College. For more images of the evening please click each image to launch a couple of flash slideshows.

The Divine Comedy are a chamber pop band from Ireland, fronted by Neil Hannon. Formed in 1989, Hannon has been the only constant member of the group, playing, in some instances, all of the non-orchestral instrumentation bar drums. To date, ten studio albums have been released under the Divine Comedy name. The group achieved their greatest commercial success in the years 1996–99, during which they had nine singles that made the UK Top 40, including the top ten hit National Express.

José González, born in 1978, is a Swedish-Argentine indie folk singer-songwriter and guitarist living in Gothenburg, Sweden. González is also a member of Swedish band Junip, along with Elias Araya and Tobias Winterkorn. His cover of The Knife's "Heartbeats" was used in a Sony BRAVIA commercial featuring 250,000 coloured bouncing balls in San Francisco.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Manic Street Preachers performing live at the iTunes Festival, London

Here's an image I took of Nicky Wire of Manic Street Preachers on Sunday (3rd July 2011) when they performed at the Roundhouse, London as part of the iTunes Festival. Support came from Dry The River and Ramona. Click on the image above to launch a slideshow from the night.

The Manics released their debut album, Generation Terrorists in 1992. Their combination of androgynous glam punk imagery, outspoken invective and songs about "culture, alienation, boredom and despair" soon gained them a loyal following and cult status. The band's later albums retained a leftist politicisation and intellectual lyrical style, while adopting a broader alternative rock sound. They have had eight top ten albums and fifteen top ten singles. They have reached number one three times, with their 1998 album, This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours and the singles "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next" (1998) and "The Masses Against the Classes" (2000). They have also won the Best British Album and Best British Group accolades at the BRIT Awards in 1997 and 1999, and were lauded by the NME for their lifetime achievements in 2008.  Their ninth studio album, Journal for Plague Lovers, was released on 18 May 2009 and features lyrics former member Edwards had left behind to the band weeks before his disappearance. Manic Street Preachers released their tenth studio album, Postcards from a Young Man, on 20 September 2010.