Australia’s Biggest Rock Music Festival
2012 was my third year in a row shooting Soundwave Festival in multiple cities. For those of you who don’t know, Soundwave Festival is an Australian music festival that attracts thousands of punters every year. It’s a melting pot of characters, scenes and styles brought together by their passion for music.
This year I was shooting for Spin Magazine and covered the festival in Sydney and Adelaide.
I love going down to Adelaide to shoot it because the environment is so different to the other cities. It’s held in Bonython Park, which is a 17-hectare parkland. No concrete with lots of trees and dust. The dust isn’t so great but it does make for atmospheric photos.
Shooting the crowd
In the last couple of years my focus has shifted from the stage to the crowd. I’m working on building up a gallery of great crowd images that I can turn into a book and exhibit. You can see some of the images here.
Highlights: new Dillinger Escape Plan songs, Coal Chamber’s crowd, and Steel Panther.
Lowlights: the Dillinger Escape Plan’s set starting 20 minutes earlier than the allotted timetable time in Adelaide and $5 water.