Even the torrential rain could dampen a fantastic last day at Tramlines. It did rain a lot - and I got very wet - but the artists and bands I photographed (and watched) more than made up for it!
First up I headed to the Folk Forest. My girlfriend and 7 year old step-daughter joined me for the day so the plan was to have a nice picnic in the Folk Forest. But the heavy rain soon put pay to that plan and we decided to head over to the Main Stage as there was a child-friendly area. But I did manage to photograph one band at Folk Forest, Furs.
As we were leaving Folk Forest I picked up a copy of Tramlines Times and was thrilled to see that one of my photos from Basement Jaxx had made it to front cover. Not only that but two of my other photos from Saturday were featured inside too.
We got to the Main Stage in time to catch the end of the Buzzcocks set. They were great but the rain contributed to a relatively small crowd. As you can see from the second and third photo below some people arrived ready for the weather.
Next up on the Main Stage was Neneh Cherry. I quite liked her back in the '80s but hadn't heard much of her since. She really blew me away with her performance and I really enjoyed her newer songs (before she then played her two hits).
Next up was one of the acts I was most looking forward to both photographing and enjoying their set - Kate Tempest. And she didn't disappoint; she was fantastic, full of passion and energy.
Captured this very colourful Mum and her daughter enjoying Kate inspite of the rain.
The headliners on Sunday were supposed to be Wu-Tang Clan but they pulled out at almost the last minute. Amazingly the Tramlines team were able to line up an even better replacement in De La Soul. And they were thoroughly entertaining and got the crowd moving to their hip hop style. It was just a shame they didn't play many from their first two albums and they didn't play The Magic Number, my particular fave. But they determined that the whole crowd were indeed 'Hip Hop' though so all was good.
While waiting for them to start I spotted this guy in a great skeleton costume - I hope he could see out of the eyes!
It was a real shame that the rain - and late change of headliner - resulted in a much smaller crowd than the night before for Basement Jaxx, so my back of the park panorama wasn't quite as impressive. But I did spot a lady and her daughter grooving away in a hip hop stylee so I focused on them afterwards.
I was enjoying De La Soul so much that I decided ti stay til the end of their set rather than getting to the Leadmill for Billy Bragg which was my next shoot. Unfortunately this turned out to be a poor decision as I discovered much to my annoyance that the Leadmill only let in 5 photographers into the pit and was the 6th to arrive. So I had to settle for being a punter instead and thoroughly enjoyed his set.
It was at this stage, having spent the whole weekend running around as if I was still 23, that my body screamed out that it wanted me to stop as I'm actually 43. My whole body ached and I was tempted to go home. But I still had Craig Charles to cover at DQ. And i didn't want to miss him unleashing his trunk of funk. So off I went and squeezed my way to the front of a tiny club room with too many people crammed into it to capture some shots of him spinning his wheels of steel. Unfortunately the room was so hot and sweaty that my camera and lenses all fogged up so I struggled to get any good shots. But I got a couple that would do.
So at just before midnight I headed off home happy, but very tired, after the best ever Tramlines. I already can't wait until next year!