Kasabian – Tom Meighan ordered to Leave Band

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Kasabian ‘had no choice’ as they sack ex-frontman Tom Meighan after Domestic Violence assault charges

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Will Kasabian ever be the same again as the band made a decision to sack now ex-frontman Tom Meighan after his conviction in court this week for a Domestic Violence assault on his partner? Meighan had been lead vocalist with Kasabian for 23 years but following a drunken and “sustained” attack. The 39-year-old, who said he left the group on Monday due to personal reasons, appeared in Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. Meighan had thrown his partner across the room “in a rage,” the court heard before Prior to his court appearance, the band released a statement saying Meighan was dealing with “personal issues” and wanted to concentrate on “getting his life back on track”. Meighan, whose net worth has been estimated at around £1 million was ordered to pay £90 victim surcharge and £85 in prosecution costs and given a community service order to undertaken 200 hours of unpaid work. Meighan subsequently wrote on Twitter:

“Following today’s announcement I just wanted to let you all know that I am doing well. I’m in a really good place now Thanks for all your love and support. I’ll be seeing you all very soon.”

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In contrast to this, a statement released following his conviction, Kasabian  the band members said they were led to believe Meighan would;

“hold his hands up and in his statement tell everyone what he’d done”, but instead “misled” fans. No one in the band wanted this to happen. the We have all worked so hard for the past twenty-three years and had big plans for our future together. We’re completely heartbroken. But we were left with no choice but to ask Tom to leave the band. There is absolutely no way we can condone his assault conviction. Domestic violence and abuse of any kind is totally unacceptable. As soon as we found out about the charges made against Tom, we as a band made the decision that we could no longer work with him. We were led to believe that Tom would hold his hands up and in his statement tell everyone what he’d done but he chose not to, misleading a lot of fans. Ultimately, as much as Tom has hurt us all, we’re not the victim in all of this. Domestic violence is something that can never be excused.”

It’s a situation far removed from Meighans conviction, the summer of 2018 saw Kasabian took to the stage in a sellout concert deep in the heart of one of the most beautiful forest venues in the UK. The band headlined Forest Live at Thetford High Lodge. Professional Music Photographer, Lee Blanchflower of Blanc Creative captured the performance which saw a The set started with King for the Day, prompting the crowd to rush to the stage and throw their pints in the air. So followed a set including Shoot the Runner, Club Foot and Empire. The atmospheric setting of the Thetford Forest never pales, and as the sun went down the stage came alive with an electrifying light show and the slick and pulsating performance.

 

 

Kasabian order Tom Meighan to leave band after domestic violence assault conviction

Kasabian order Tom Meighan to leave band after domestic violence assault conviction

Kasabian order Tom Meighan to leave band after domestic violence assault conviction

Kasabian order Tom Meighan to leave band after domestic violence assault conviction

Kasabian order Tom Meighan to leave band after domestic violence assault conviction

Kasabian order Tom Meighan to leave band after domestic violence assault conviction

Kasabian order Tom Meighan to leave band after domestic violence assault conviction

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Kasabian formed in 1997 and reached the UK charts with their third single Club Foot in 2004. Major success came with albums Empire in 2006 and West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum in 2009, which featured a string of hits including Underdog and Fire. Meighan’s departure leaves guitarist Serge Pizzorno and bassist Chris Edwards as the only remaining founding members and it’s unclear if the band will replace Meighan with a new frontman.

If you love music, then why not head over to the latest Blanc Creative Lookbook and Concert Portfolio.

Paul Weller Concert Photography 2019

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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.

Steve Cradock Guitarist Concert Photography

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

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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 studio@blanc-creative.com

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Isle of Wight Festival – The Weekend in Pictures

Kaiser Chiefs Live at Isle of Wight Festival

The Isle of Wight Festival is renowned as “The’ Festival that opens the UK’s Festival season every summer. The heritage of The Isle of Wight Festival stretches almost half a century and it’s stages have hosted some of the Biggest names in the history of music. Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Jay-Z, Bon Jovi, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Doors, Joni Mitchell and Bruce Springsteen. The list just goes on on and on.

The Festival is owned by John Giddings, an Isle of Wight resident and businessman as well as an established music promoter. Jon Giddings took over the Isle of Wight Festival in 2002, curating every part of the Festival. An amicable, approachable gentleman, he can be found flying around in a Golf Buggy or look after the needs of the celebrity guests backstage. His feet are firmly rooted to the Festival site and this personal attention is one of the reasons, the Isle of Wight Festival remains one of the most sought after Events of the Year.

Isle of Wight Festival Owner John Giddings

Isle of Wight Festival Owner John Giddings

 

I’m a huge believer in fate, so what better way to begin a great career as a Professional Music Photographer and Videographer. Seven years ago a commercial photography career involving concert music didn’t exist and Lee Blanchflower had never shot a band. A chance encounter on Facebook with my good friend and international drumming legend Steve Barney, led to spending some backstage time with ‘The Wanted’ and another impromptu photoshoot with a pretty much unheard of band called ‘Lawson.’ One magazine publication later and a number of locked doors opened for me as if by magic into the crazy world of ‘Three Songs, No Flash’ and a once in a lifetime chance to work in close proximity with some of the the greatest music artists on the planet. It was the start of almost a decade shooting Musivc Photography, Concert Photography & Festival Photography, before being signed up to an International Agency in 2013.

Working as a Commercial Photographer and shooting Professional Press Photography opens doors to some great working environments. We love the Isle of Wight Festival. Heading out on the Ferry is almost like traveling abroad with all of the home comforts of being in the UK. In 2017, the weather held despite some vey shady forecast and the wellington boots were dispatched to the boot of the car and replaced with bandanas and suncream. Working with a dedicated wiring assistant, we covered press imagery from Friday through to Sunday shooting for a well known Press Agency and supplying images to The Daily Mail, The Sun and a number of independent newspapers.

Every once in a while a Photographer will get a lucky a nice ‘exclusive photography set’, where nobody else gets images. We took our chance at the Isle of Wight Festival with Professional Footballer Peter Crouch & model wife, Abbey Clancy. The pair spent the weekend partying at the Isle of Wight Festival and turned up early Sunday morning to carry on partying after a late night and watch Abbey’s brother John, frontman in the band, Judas.

 

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ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL STORY

Press Photography by Blanc Creative Norwich

Isle of Wight Festival Line-Up 2017

The 2017 line up was an eclectic mix of music spanning decades of musical tastes. David Guetta headlined along with Rod Stewart & Arcade Fire alongside Kaiserchiefs, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Bastille, Run DMC, Texas and many more. The Blanc Creative Team have put together a snapshot of the weekend covering some of the best moments we captured.

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Arcade Fire Headline Isle of Wight Festival Commercial photography Norwich by Lee Blanchflower

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Isle of Wight Festival by Blanc Creative Norwich

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Music Photography by Blanc Creative - Catfish & The Bottlemen

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Biffy Clyro Music Photography

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Biffy Clyro Photography

Biffy Clyro Music Photography

If there’s one good way to kick off the winter blues, it has to be heading back to the height of summer and a stroll down our music archives and a flick through our huge 2017 Festival Portfolios. For the past couple of years, Biffy Clyro has been up there as one of our favourite performances, returning this year with a jump from the more intimate Radio 6 Stage to Main Stage at Big weekend and performing a Headline set at Downlaod Festival 2017 amongst others. The Band are a pleasure to photograph, always give an awesome performance and are some of the nicest celebrities off stage as well. With Biffy Clyro you get the best of both..

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Who’s Biffy Clyro

Biffy Clyro are a Scottish Rock Band made up of  Simon Neil,(guitar, lead vocals), James Johnston (bass, vocals) and Ben Johnston (drums, vocals).  They’ve have seven albums, with Opposites hitting the UK number-one album position. The Band have a striong fan base who have adopted ‘Mon the Biff as a well orchestrated chant while the band are on stage. well known chants among Biffy fans, usually shouted in between songs at gigs, or before the band comes on stage so where does Biffy Clyro come from. The band have been giving giving a series of stories as to how the name came about. The band once claimed they named themselves after a footballer while another story is that one of the members owned a Cliff Richard pen, i.e. “Cliffy Biro.”Simon Neil claimed that Biffy was Scotsman that built his own rocket and Ben Johnston claimed Biffy is in fact the nickname of the spy who the James Bond novels were based on. It’s a burning question and we may never get to the bottom of this intricately well woven web of stories.

Biffy Clyro performs Live at Big Weekend

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Biffy Clyro Concert Photography

Biffy Clyro Concert Photography

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About Lee Blanchflower

I’m a huge believer in fate, so what better way to begin a great career as a Professional Music Photographer and Videographer. Seven years ago ago I’d never shot a band. A chance encounter on Facebook with my good friend and international drumming legend Steve Barney, led to spending some backstage time with ‘The Wanted’ and another impromptu photoshoot with a pretty much unheard of band called ‘Lawson.’ One magazine publication later and a number of locked doors opened for me as if by magic into the crazy world of ‘Three Songs, No Flash’ and a once in a lifetime chance to work in close proximity with some of the the greatest music artists on the planet. There’s a huge demand for Music based photography and Video and it fits perfectly in the Commercial photography genre.