Alessio Michelini Photography

The Joy Formidable

23 March 2013

Ok, let's do this. On my old and smelly italian blog my last gig photography-point-of-view review was Paul Banks, and since then I've been to a few other gigs, so let's start with one of my favourite bands: The Joy Formidable.
I've seen them 4 times so far. The first two times they played in Dublin, they did it in two crappy venues, great gigs indeed, great performances, but awful to shoot, as there were almost no lights, or even worst, just LED lights (the arch enemy of live photographers, they just oversaturate the red and blue lights). The third time they were supporting the Manic Street Preachers, so they just have a couple of lights, better than before, but as a supporter band they don't really get proper lights, as the setup for the venue is done only for the main act, obviously.
The last time, the one I'm referring in this article, it was in one of the most loved/hated venue in Dublin, The Academy.
From one side I love that venue because they had the potential to have great lights in a not that huge venue, and I did take great photos in that place in the past, from the other side I hate that venue 'cause they love to put loads of smoke on the stage, which sometimes is a big pain in the butt. So every time I go to that venue I feel like I'm about to play my lucky numbers on the roulette and hope that I'm going to be lucky.
Thankfully this time I've been lucky, and the band had a good amount of light games on the stage, which gives me a lot of chances to catch some good photos.
Obviously the band were amazing as usual, but unfortunately my girlfriend had a different opinion, and when a man and a woman have to choose what to do, the man always lose.
Anyway, down here you can find some of the best shoots I took that night, and you can find the full set on my flickr account.