24 hours at the Secret Garden Party in the UK

I was in the UK last week working for a new company called the First Bank of Rock.  I was photographing a band called Zulu Winter.  During my stay I photographed the band on the set of their video shoot and their set at the Secret Garden Party Festival.  We arrived on site at noon and the band was set to perform at 2:30.  Later that day on the same stage the Alabama Shakes, Little Dragon and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros were all set to perform.  I had never photographed any of these bands live in concert.  I really wanted to stay but my ride was leaving after the set.  Even if I did stay I would have no where to keep my equipment and the weather was very rainy.  The entire festival was taking place in a mud field.  Everyone at the festival were wearing rubber Wellies.  Seriously there were 30 thousand people wearing mud boots.  I obviously did not get the memo before I arrived on the festival grounds.  By the end of Zulu Winters set the stage manager agreed to let me keep my equipment on the stage and the tour manager for Zulu Winter gave me his boots since he was leaving. I was at the festival until 9 am the next morning and then caught a train back to London.  What an amazing experience.  I hope that you enjoy the images, because I sure did taking them!

The crowd really gets into their costumes

Will Daunt from Zulu Winter

Zulu Winter walking off stage after a great set

The Wellies

Brittany Howard from the Alabama Shakes

The crowd during the Alabama Shakes set was huge

Brittany Howard from the Alabama Shakes jumped off the stage and sang to the crowd

There were stands with many activities for concert goers

Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon

Yukimi Nagano doing one of her signature moves on stage

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Alex Ebert from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

A young man jumped on stage and as the security tried to rip him off Alex had him stay and dance on stage for 2 songs

The scene at this festival was very vibrant

Time to take a rest from the days activities