After being pretty sad about having to miss heat 2 (apparently it was a good one), last week I got to go back for Heat 3 and take all the photos! Seriously, I came out of there with 1,600+ – I may have got a little carried away…
Still, it’s taken me a while to sort through them but I’ve finally picked out my favourites and here I am (again) blogging about the night. And to start I’d just like to say a big thank you to Daniel for being so lovely and letting me go along to all the events, I really do love photographing BOTB every year!
Anyway, on to the night and the first thing I want to say is that I love whoever did the lighting on the night! It was a million times better than the first heat and it really did make for a couple of lovely photos that I’m really happy with. Next thing is that everyone performing made it such a great night and I really did enjoy it!
First up there was Jordan and the Sketcheads who I saw last year in the semi-final and was very impressed with. Jordan has a seriously impressive voice and if you just listen to one of the bands on RaW let it be these guys. Not only are they very talented but they have some very catchy songs (listen to falling, the last one of their set). They’ve really improved so much since last year and their performance this time had so much energy and enthusiasm, I’m so happy they managed to secure a place in this year’s semi-final again.
Up next was Fort Control. What I loved about these guys was just how much fun they looked like they were having. They were definitely just really into their music and having a great time up there which is exactly what you want to see in a performance. There was also something strangely captivating about the guy on keyboard when he started singing later in the set…
Another familiar band played third – Instinct By Default. Again, they were good last year but great this year. I’ll admit, I’m not one of those people who knows a lot about music from any sort of technical perspective but I do enjoy music and I know what I like and that’s all I’m basing these opinions on. But with all that in mind, it’s obvious these guys are very talented and pretty enjoyable to watch perform as well.
Following these three bands was Pete Morrison. Doing a solo act for BOTB can be pretty tough but this guy did a great job with a lovely little acoustic set. I could easily imagine myself sitting and listening to an album of his; he’s got a very likable voice and an easy to listen to sound. I liked him on the night but after going back and having another listen, I’m even more of a fan.
The final band, Viscera, were a little different to the rest and had a heavier sound. I felt they maybe started off seeming a little nervous but by the end of the set they looked like they were having a great time which was great to watch! I really liked how they clearly felt like a band as well; so many bands can risk the whole falling into the ‘singer and backing-musicians’ set up but these guys let every member have their moment and that was nice.
Lastly there was Eli Gumble. Another solo act, but again a great guy who gave a great, very funny, performance. Plus, he had the greatest fans of the night with their ‘Let’s Get Ready to Gumble!’ sign.
So that’s it, the third heat in photos. Another fantastic heat with Instinct by Default going through to the final and Jordan and the Sketcheads getting a place in the semi-final.
I really recommend going and listening to all the incredible performances, recorded by RaW on their website.
The Facebook album with all the (not-so-good-quality) photos will be linked here soon!