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…
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…
This wonderfully written article, by Zach Udko, sums up perfectly why I work with the lovely people at Manchester Pride, and I’m delighted they chose to use some of my pic’s… How to be Proud.
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!!
I’m pleased to share with you the link to the new, shiny website from The Wonderland Band, headed up by vocalist Bruno Langley. A great bunch of talented guys who are true professionals and taking bookings for 2012/2013.
Here’s a band that I know I talk about a lot, but I think they’re brilliant and deserve success. Their sound grows and evolves each time I hear them and I can’t wait for their new EP, which is due for release shortly. You can see them at the IPO Festival in Liverpool where they’ll be playing at THE CAVERN on Saturday 19th May at 4.30pm and then again on Monday 21st May at 9.30pm.
Here’s a little taster from a recent band promo shoot we did recently. More to follow.
Today I had the very great pleasure of shooting promo shots for Bruno Langley’s new website. I’ve photographed Bruno and his Wonderland Band a few times before and they are regulars to the jazz scene in and around Manchester. Mixing old classics with retakes on newer songs, they really do provide something for everyone.
It was a really fun day out and these gents kept me giggling all day long. There’s an apparent friendship running between them which is often visable with musicians who rely on their instincts to know where the others are heading with a song.
We attracted a bit of attention shooting around Manchester’s Castlefields, though not as much as the Roman Gladiator (and palm tree?!) featuring in a student film nearby. Here’s a sneaky peek, more to follow shortly…