I first heard about this through my photography at The Tabernacle, Talgarth. Owned by Kate Holmes and Alan McGee, I have been busy documenting the bands and performers who have walked through it's hallowed doors since they opened back in May 2014. Alan is the Patron of the charity who's brainchild is Emma Rule. I was invited to do the official photography for the Musicians Against Homelessness Event in Cardiff during a meeting with event organiser Joanna Jones and Danny Blakemore at a Tabernacle gig.
I agreed, and on a sunny Saturday afternoon, made my way to Portland House (the old Nat West building) close to the Pier Head and Millennium Centre.
At 3.30 a whole procession of acts took to the stage to debut old and new music to an ever changing and flowing crowd. Some of the highlights for me were 'Chapel Row' who recently signed their first management deal with Leeders Music Group. With a great set from the Scott Howells Band, who I first met in The Tabernacle and many more from bands such as Upbeat Sneakers, Local Enemy, Hierarchy, The Riff to name but a few, the event was great. The finale was a set my The Oasis Experience, led by Degsy Williamson, and consisting of well known singer songwriter Chris Phillips, Adrian Davies on bass, Neil Rees on lead guitar and finally Dorian "Dozzer" Griffiths on drums. The set nearly brought the house down and the stage, with an impromptu percussion addition from some very lovely ladies in the crowd!
Tech stuff...Mostly shot with my Nikon D810 and a 85mm F1.4 Prime Nikon lens, ISO 3200 or thereabouts. The clarity was great especially with the challenging luminescent lighting back drop! Taking my Mac with me to download images to in-between sessions, was a great idea and saved me from filling lots of memory cards. Anyway, was a great event and challenging to be almost 12 hours not stop photography! Here are a few of my choice images!
Chris Phillips - The Oasis Experience
Neil Rees - The Oasis Experience