Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty jumps into the crowd at The Underground, Stoke, in 2006. "I love photographing Babyshambles," says Sarah Thompson. "This photo is great because you can see the excitement in the fans’ faces and all the arms stretching out to touch Pete."
Ash’s Tim Wheeler with flaming Gibson V guitar at Reading Festival 2004. It’s One of many striking images included in ‘Gig Junkie’, a book dedicated to the live photography of Sarah Thompson. You can see an exhibition of her work this Sunday (June 1) at The Underground, Morley St, Stoke-on-Trent. Entry is free.
We Are Scientists at Manchester’s Bierkeller, 2005. Thompson explains: "We Are Scientists are my favourite band. I can still remember what a great gig it was. It’s a small venue so the crowd were really close to the stage. This shot of frontman Keith Murray and a fan singing at each other really captures the energy and atmosphere you get at a We Are Scientists gig."
The View behind the Sugarmill, Stoke, 2006. Photographer Sarah Thompson recalls: "I had been backstage with the band photographing them during an interview, then we decided to go outside for a few shots. I literally had five minutes to work with them as they were so busy, but I was really happy with the end results."
Towers Of London at The Underground, Stoke, 2005. Guitarist The Rev and drummer Snell quit the band in July 2007, but the remaining members â
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The Subways at Keele University, 2005. Bassist Charlotte Cooper (pictured) and frontman Billy Lunn were in a relationship at this point, but split up in 2007 during sessions for their second, Butch Vig-produced album, ‘All Or Nothing’, set for release in June 2008. They maintain the split will not affect the future of the band.
The Subways at Manchester Academy 3, 2005. Photographer Sarah Thompson says: "I love photographing The Subways because they have so much energy on stage. This shot in particular is one of my favourites, I love everything about it, from the composition to the sharpness of [bassist] Charlotte Cooper’s hair."
Razorlight backstage at Reading Festival 2004. According to drummer Andy Burrows (centre), who has just released a solo album, ‘The Colour Of My Dreams’, Razorlight are due to start recording their third album in June, with a view to releasing it before the end of 2008.
The Others onstage at The Sugarmill, Stoke. Dominic Masters’ guerrilla-gigging mob were dropped by Poptones in 2006, but have vowed to return with a new album in 2008 â
Morrissey at Reading Festival 2004. By NME photographer Sarah Thompson, whose work makes up a new book, ‘Gig Junkie’. The tome features over 200 photographs of bands including Babyshambles, Bloc Party, Paul Weller, Ian Brown and more.
Kasabian’s Tom Meighan at V Festival 2006. Meighan’s charismatic stage presence has caught the eye of Hollywood casting agents. He was reportedly offered a role in Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film ‘Marie Antoinette’, but turned it down due to his commitments with the band.
Juliette Lewis of Juliette & The Licks onstage V Festival 2007. ‘Natural Born Killers’ star Lewis is a member of the Church Of Scientology and dated Brad Pitt for several years in the ’90s. She once confided to a fan that Pitt was "no big deal [in bed], if you know what I mean".
The Cribs onstage at Paradiso, Amsterdam, September 2007. Photographer Sarah Thompson says: "I love this shot as it captures the energy of the gig and the composition works well with Gary [Jarman’s] guitar at the front."
Ian Brown at V Festival 2005. Photographer Sarah Thompson says: "This is one of my favourite photos. The colours are good and you can just see behind the glasses that he’s looking into the camera." For more of Thompson’s photography head to www.gigjunkie.co.uk.
Bloc Party at Manchester Academy, February 2005. They were on an NME Shockwaves Awards Tour, second on a bill that also featured Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party and The Killers. For more of Sarah Thompson’s live photography head to www.gigjunkie.com.
Babyshambles, The Underground, Stoke, April 2004. Photographer Sarah Thompson explains: "This photo of Pete Doherty was taken at one of the maddest gigs ever. Carl Barat unexpectedly joined Pete onstage and the crowd went crazy. This shot shows Pete shouting ‘Carl!’ and I think it really captures a moment."