. Supersonic

Supersonic was a new event for charity, Manchester Pride. The red carpet was rolled out for this auction and dinner held at the Concorde Hangar at Manchester Airport, and it really was a spectacular and unusual setting. It’s not every day I get to photograph onboard Concorde and wear the pilot’s cap! Headlining act was an energetic set from The Feeling, with support from local lass Ren Harvieu, who also sang an amazing and highly appropriate version of Aretha Franklin’s ‘A Deeper Love’ from the steps of Concorde with the Manchester Airport Choir. A new patron for Manchester Pride was announced as Alicya Eyo, who is best known for her roles in ‘Emmerdale’ and ‘Bad Girls’, and she gave a very warm and heartfelt speech. Even David Gest put in an appearance, chatting with ‘Hollyoaks’ star Nicole Barber-Lane and Manchester Evening News’ Dianne Bourne. Items auctioned off included Manchester United and Manchester City signed merchandise, ‘Emmerdale’ signed scripts, champagne dinners and VIP tickets to this year’s Manchester Pride festival. The image which seems to have attracted the most press from the evening is the moment when The Feeling’s singer, Dan Gillespie-Sells, seemed to forget that he was performing underneath Concorde. He enthusiastically climbed on top of the drum kit before launching himself into the air… banging his head on Concorde in the process. No pop stars were injured in the taking of this photograph and it was a brilliant moment, in a fantastic evening. He’s a selection of my favourites…

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. Lfest 2012

I’ve been having a bit of a recap and here’s something I never got around to sharing last year, and since tickets are now on sale for this year’s bigger and better event, it seemed rude not to post. It was my first time at Lfest and I found it to be a lovely, friendly festival with a really good vibe and I’m looking forward to photographing for them again this year. Here’s a link to the festival website if you’d like further details…
http://www.lfest.co.uk

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. Dawn Kilner Photography . Facebook Page

Hello all.

I’d like to introduce my new ‘Dawn Kilner Photography’ Facebook page to you. It’s still in it’s early stages but contains a bit of something for everyone, and I do plan to add some slightly different images on there so keep your eyes peeled, and if you ‘like’ it just hit the button down to the right.

You can also follow me on Twitter as ‘dawnkilner’ and I am in the process of updating my website to include gleaming new wedding and music images, amongst other things. So, apologies for the quiet… I’m hard at work!!

. Stand Out Comedy Tour

So, yesterday I caught up with three of the UK’s funniest female stand-up comics, Zoe Lyons, Jen Brister and Suzi Ruffell, on their first ever live tour together.

Following on from their recent appearances at Edinburgh Fringe, this tour is a combination of all the best bits, rolled into one. Three very different outlooks but all fantastically funny, and there was rarely a moment when the audience weren’t either captivated by one of the many engaging tales or rolling about their seats with laughter. These three ladies are seriously funny.

The evening, at Sound Control, was hosted by the hugely entertaining Heather Peace, who took a break from her own singing and acting to keep the evening running smoothly with her usual mix of charm and wit.

And to top it all off we had a special musical performance from AMiTY. Never have I seen anyone play the drums, guitar and sing all at the same time. The crowd loved it and were soon dancing in the aisles. A fantastic way to spend an otherwise miserable night in Manchester.

The tour continues around the UK this week and I can heartily recommend it.

. ‘FIRST LOVE’ EXHIBITION

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I am delighted to announce my new exhibition ‘First Love’ which coincides with Jonathan Harvey’s play ‘Beautiful Thing’ at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. 2 November 2011 – 5 December 2011. Mezzanine Gallery. Free admission.

A contemporary snapshot of Manchester’s LGBT community in the year 2011. Observant, touching and celebratory, the exhibition sets out to capture some of the emotions experienced through FIRST LOVE – excitement, awakening and sometimes even loss.

“Her work speaks for itself -striking, subtle and with depth.” Jackie Crozier. Festival Director, Manchester Pride.

Working on this exhibition has been a wonderful experience for me and I have met so many generous and kind people along the way, from the dedicated staff and volunteers at Manchester Pride to the enthusiastic and inspiring staff at the Royal Exchange, but perhaps most of all, to the very humbling people of Manchester, many of whom I met whilst out and about with my camera. Their energy and warmth kept me going. So, if you’re reading this, thank you all!

. HEATHER PEACE – BRADFORD IRISH CLUB

So, Heather kindly allowed me and my trusty camera along again to another, more intimate gig for family and friends, in Bradford. Tonight was black & white night… just to make sure we had enough variety with the photographs.

Thanks to Heather and her lovely family for making me so welcome.

. HEATHER PEACE – ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE

I had the pleasure and good fortune of meeting Heather Peace backstage at Manchester Pride, and when I was asked to photograph her upcoming gig at the beautiful Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, I jumped at the chance.

Heather is perhaps better known for her acting having appeared in London’s Burning, The Chase and BBC3’s much-anticipated drama Lip Service, but she’s also an incredibly talented jazz singer and guitarist, with a wonderfully rich voice. Heather’s also originally from my neck of the woods, which makes her pretty easy-going and friendly, and today was no exception, she was on fine form and very entertaining.

The gig was really well received and there were plenty of smiles and audience chat. Chosen shots have been used on her website http://www.heatherpeace.com to promote her ongoing gigs.

Shobna Gulati enjoys the show.

Singing and talking is thirsty work, you know!

Heather shares a joke…

. CLASSICAL FANTASIA

This free open-air classical music performance in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey includes music, fireworks and a breathtaking setting.

Leeds City Council’s Classical Fantasia is now in its 15th year and is a highlight of the outdoor events in the city. The specially-lit ruins of the 12th century Kirkstall Abbey is the perfect backdrop for the sounds of the Northern Ballet Theatre orchestra.

The event has firework displays at the end of the first half and then the main display accompanies the evening’s finale.

. Women’s Stage – Manchester Pride

And so, as promised, a post dedicated to the Women’s Stage event at Manchester Pride.

Many amazing and diverse acts performed, from the side-splittingly funny Jen Brister and Sarah Adams, the wonderfully melodic Second Hand Wings, the rich musical talent of Horse, to name but a few. Everything ran really smoothly thanks to the fabulous hosting skills of Claire Mooney and Rosie Lugosi, who both also performed. All rounded off with Think Pink!, a tribute act who soon got the crowd dancing.

A new addition was the Drag King competition, which was judged by staff and patrons of Manchester Pride, including actress and singer Heather Peace, who was due to also perform, but had, sadly, lost her voice. Heather was gracious enough to donate her time elsewhere… judging the competition and having her photograph taken with her many adoring fans. There’s a lot of excitement surrounding this talented actress and her forthcoming BBC drama “Lip Service”. Grab her while you can. So to speak!