Sequins, musical saws and dancing the night away with Amanda Fucking Palmer

Sequins, musical saws and dancing the night away with Amanda Fucking Palmer

The giant mirror ball at the Koko. Foursquare says it's the largest in Europe...

Gone are the days when my wonderful flat mate and I used to moan that Amanda Palmer never came to the UK. Last night, our minds were blown when we saw for the third time this year and we made the decision that no matter how poor we are, we WILL be seeing her again in March.

Decked in sequins, copious amounts of glitter and with our dancing shoes on, we made out way with one of our closest friends to the Koko in Camden. It's been a long time since I last came to this venue (IAMX in 2009 to be precise!) and I always forget how much I love it. Deciding we were too old to put up with the inevitable tall/smelly people who normally block our view at these events we chose a spot on one of the balconies. With a clear view and plenty of dancing space I will be doing this more often!

What I Wore
Sequin Vest top as a dress: H&M

Even though I have seen her many times, I never know what to expect when I see Amanda Palmer in concert. When I think I have it all worked out she does something absolutely insane, disorientates me and makes a great gig an amazing one. With support acts from her friends and band members as well as a plethora of special guests, she did this yet again.

For me, the highlights of the show included;

  • The beautiful and talented Una Palliser accompanying Amanda and the Grand Theft Orchestra for one of my favourite songs, 'Astronaut' 
@neilhimself and the Sawchestra
  •  The one and only Neil Gaiman joining his wife on stage with a Sawchestra ( I really want to learn how to play the saw now...)
  • Being introduced to Scroobius Pip - a surprise special guest
  • Doing the Time Warp with Richard O'Brien

Possibly one of the best moments ever
My friends and I were amazed to discover that we still knew ALL the words as we took our respective parts, Miss C as Magenta and myself as Columbia...

Amanda Palmer is one of the best performers out there. Whether she's playing all the instruments she can in one song, reading out some of her fans most harrowing memories before a haunting rendition of Bedsong, or crowd surfing with a giant sheet for Bottom Feeder, she never ceases to amaze and I cannot wait to see her again.

#Lookscary at the London Dungeons

#Lookscary at the London Dungeons

Courtesy of my wonderful flat mate I was lucky enough to attend my first Blogger event this yesterday; the #Lookscary event at the London Dungeons to celebrate the launch of the new Blackberry Curve. So, covered in fake blood and bruises and with business cards in hand (just in case :-p) I made my way to the dungeons and got many an odd look along the way.

Now, the London Dungeons is absolutely amazing but it is not somewhere I would recommend going when you're a) already a massive wimp or b) an idiot who was up all night the night before watching Spanish horror movies. I fit into both of these categories and was one of the 'squealers' during the tour. And yes, there were tears.

After the tour (thank Christ it was over!) we could then relax with a feast of canapes and copious amounts of wine while mingling with the bloggers, some of whom looked absolutely amazing, having our fortunes told and even our minds read. I did have to think twice after I had my palms read by Amelie Appleby, it was unnervingly accurate!

More than a little tipsy, the night was topped off with an exciting goody bag of Hallowe'en themed gifts including Beetlejuice nail polish, a skull bracelet and a Nightmare on Elm Street DVD (my copy of which was totally left behind, no way am I having THAT in the house).

What I wore:

A lot more fake blood was added to this which I now can't get off and have had to come to work wearing a scarf around my neck!

Making Changes

Making Changes

Wow, so much for me blogging! Time for a change, I think!

After months of working two jobs and various filming events that sucked away all my time and my SOUL I now find myself employed. Go me!

Because of this, I've decided to revamp my blog because not only am I doing lots of exciting film and photography things but I also get to have one of these things called a 'social life'. As a member of the One Job Club I have so much more time to be doing things whether that's filming for work or visiting a really cool bar. There's always something going on in my life these days, so why  not share?

Bitter Ruin and Gig Photography part 2

Bitter Ruin and Gig Photography part 2

Last week I was fortunate enough to see the glorious Bitter Ruin for what is possibly the 6th time in the past year. I'm guessing you could call me a fan.

For those of you who do not know Bitter Ruin, they are a fabulous Dark Cabaret duo from Brighton, who's fans include Amanda Palmer, who they supported in her 2011 UK tour, and Matt Lucas who has been a great support to the band since he first retweeted their video link to the single Trust.

Since I discovered how much fun Gig Photography at the Amanda Palmer gig last month, I thought I'd give it another go.

Compared to Amanda's gigs, Bitter Ruin tend to go for much more intimate venues, this gig performed at The Borderline was Bitter Ruin's largest to date yet it only holds 300 people, so I mainly stuck to my basic 18-55mm lens. The joys of being near the front!! :-)

Support act Jack Wiseman

My first shot of the night :-)

Already there was a massive improvement in comparison to my first SEVERAL attempts at the Amanda Palmer gig!!

...and then Bitter Ruin came on stage

Georgia Train

In my sheer excitement I clearly had some focusing issues, really need to pay more attention!!

Georgia Train

This time I nailed it :-)

One of my main problems throughout the night was the constant light changes, pretty as they were, there were points where Bitter Ruin started to look like little purple blobs, as annoying as that was I at least have something to aim towards when thinking about improving my skills for the next gig. If anyone else knows how to handle purple lights, please let me know!

Georgia Train and Ben Richards

Georgia Train performing The Vice

My favourite shot of the night.

As well as having special guest Matt Lucas perform 'A Brand New Me' on stage, Bitter Ruin were accompanied by the amazingly talented Una Palliser  who also performed with Amanda Palmer in September 2011, unfortunately every photograph I have of her, she is hiding behind the microphone. My silly position to the left of the stage made sure it was in every shot and another rookie error is evident in this picture, focusing on the mic instead of the lovely Una! Loving her outfit though!

Una Palliser

Georgia and Ben performing Soldier

Over all there is still room for improvement when it comes to my Gig Photography but seeing as I have managed to get my hands on tickets to see Amanda Palmer AGAIN, there's much more to come.

Also, the new Bitter Ruin stuff is incredible. My favourite so far is Child In a Sea Cave and I cannot wait for the new album to come out!!

Amanda Palmer and my first attempt at gig photography

Amanda Palmer and my first attempt at gig photography

Last night I was fortunate enough to see the glorious Amanda Palmer, live in concert for the second time this year. During the first leg of her epic world tour, riding off the back of her recent Kickstarter success, Amanda Palmer graced the London streets for three nights in a row; Once for her Kickstarter Art Show, followed by a free ninja gig on Tuesday and then the gig last night with The Grand Theft Orchestra at Village Underground in Shoreditch.

I have seen Amanda Palmer before and I go to many gigs, gig photography is something I haven't tried before. Mainly because not only am I very small and struggle to see the stage, I'm still learning how to master photography in a darker environment. After several attempts last night, many of which resulted in aching arms as I struggled to shoot around a man who can only be described as the Incredible Hulk, I nailed it.

At the beginning of the night, I struggled with focus as I was unable to use the view finder for most shots over the crowd so a lot of my photos came out looking like this;

and then after that I had to try and compensate for the fact my 75-300mm lens doesn't have an image stabilizer creating an LSD looking effect on a lot of the photos. As cool as this is, it's not fun when most of your pictures are coming out this way.

Trying to stand very still at an Amanda Palmer gig is not easy. I struggle to stand still when I'm listening to her at home! but the results are worth it as the first picture shows.

Despite my fears that my camera would be crushed or have drinks spilled on it during the night, I will definitely be taking it to my next gig. Bitter Ruin, watch out!

All photos are by me, if you want to use them, please ask first.