Paul Weller Concert Photography 2019

Thetford High Lodge Concerts

Concert Photography. Paul Weller performs at High Lodge 2019

2019 marks our six year anniversary shooting Concert Photography for the national and International Press. In 2013, as a huge fan of Paul Weller, I’d almost begged my very good friend and then Picture Editor of Norwich’s Archant Newspaper, Steve Adams, if he would let me shoot the concert. He agreed and so began an affinity of Music Photography that would forever fuel the need to photograph Concert Photography. I’d been operating as a part time photographer and full time Police Sergeant, but the opportunity to combine creative imagery of The Modfather, one of the most influential and legendary British Music Artists of all time, was amazing.

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Fast forward to Concert Photography 2019

I already look back on what is a wonderful career shooting music and a Concert Photography. My portfolio ranges from Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, Muse, Taylor Swift and Coldplay to name just a handful of successful artists. I grew up listening to P{aul Weller and there;’s something particularly special about photographing your music heroes. Particulary, when they are playing a real forest. For the sixth consecutive year I was assigned the humbling role as the official Photographer for Forestry England.

 Paul Weller stepped out onto the stage at Thetford High Lodge Friday night at High Lodge in front of 9000 fans on a beautiful midsummer’s night.Weller repaid the loyalty with a gig out of the very top drawer. He and every member of his band were simply magnificent. With a career spanning 42 years, his voice remains amazingly powerful and untainted. Concert Photography at at a Paul Weller concert ids always an enjoyable experience, with great lighting from the first song and Weller took fans on a journey through his years of producing a wide range of superb music from Strange Museum off his first solo album to What You Give Is What You Get, Move On Up and That’s Entertainment from his Jam days.

No Weller Gig would be complete without his guitarist of choice, Steve Cradock. A former member of the rock band Ocean Colour Scene who also plays bass, drums, and keyboards, Steve Cradock has toured with Paul Weller for what seems to have been a lifetime. Cradock joined Weller’s band in 1992, having supported him with Ocean Colour Scene. Cradock has appeared on all studio albums by Weller, playing the guitar and other instruments.

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The crowd was treated to an excellent support act set by Stone Foundation. The R&B band is touring the summer outdoor series with Weller and recorded their latest album in his studio, and he has appeared on several of their tracks. There are clear influences from Weller – especially from his Style Council days – in Stone Foundation’s material and will be well worth seeing when they come to Norwich’s Waterfront in November.

To view more Professional Concert Photography, why not head over to our BIG BLOG Page where you’ll find Concert Photography of many artists including Noel Gallagher, Kasabian and a great article about The Real World of Music Photography

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Stereophonics – Music Photography


Stereophonics Music Photography 

Concert Music PhotographyAs far as music venues go, the Stereophonics probably couldn’t find a more eco friendly venue. To play in the middle of a Forest is almost a surreal experience and Thetford High Lodge offered a unique natural arena with a touch of magic: The Stereophonics took to the stage as the closing act of Forest Live 2019 and received an enthusiastic welcome from crowds who had queued for hours to gain front row views. We’ve been providing Official Forest Live Music Photography for the past six years and 2019 marked the anniversary of our first ever concert on the site in 2013 as Paul Weller made a welcome return to Norfolk.  But that’s another Blog.

For the first time at Thetford High Lodge, the stage came complete with a runway and Kelly Jones didn’t hesitate to get as close to the crowds as possible.  The band were faultless as they entertained the audience for almost two-hour set. The Stereophonics have an iconic following, but Jones giving insights into the band’s Welsh roots and recalling how family bath times inspired him to make up tunes, added a few memorable moments in between songs. No stereophonics set would be complete without ‘Handbags and Gladrags, Just Lookin’, Hurry Up and Wait to Have a Nice Day’ and the band delivered all of these with massive energy and pace.

Professional Music Photography in 2019 is a ruthless business and the opportunities to work as an ‘Official Photographer’ at Music Festivals or Concerts where iconic bands are playing are few and far between. Working the stage in an environment where no freelance photographers are permitted and no syndication sales are allowed, makes for very special music photography and the Stereophonics concert was no exception. With over a decade of experience, we’ve built a music photography portfolio of Global Artists and offer a full Concert or Festival package that includes Professional Licensed Drone footage, Video Production services and Concert Photography.

If you think that we could add value to your Festival, Concert or other Public Event, then please contact our team today on Mob: 07871 364041 or email

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