It’s that time again, when we round up the best photography to have appeared in NME over the past month. Starting with Danny North’s shot of Muse during their Glastonbury headline set. Taken from onstage near the drum riser, this ended up being used on the cover of the magazine.
Florence at Glastonbury. “This is the Tipi Field, where she was sleeping for the weekend. We photographed her just before she performed on The Other Stage and she was full of intense energy, jumping and running all over the place. Here we caught her taking a rare quiet moment to herself while her stylist Aldene adjusted her clothes.” (Marian Paterson, Photo Director, NME).
Dead Weather at Glastonbury, by Andy Whitton, who explains: “It’s a strange feeling shooting a band literally on their way to the stage. I love these high-intensity shoots where I can’t call the shots, all I can do is roll with what’s unfolding in front of me and let it happen. I love shooting this band – it’s hard to not be inspired to take great shots when they make it so easy.”
Another Andy Whitton shot from Glastonbury, this time of Damon Albarn and Snoop Dogg. “As often happens I had 30 seconds tops,” recalls Whitton. “I must have rattled off fifteen frames and then they were gone. A real blink and you miss it kind of shoot.”
The Horrors at London’s Village Underground, shot by Dan Dennison. “With the Village Underground virtually at capacity, it was difficult to see how this show was going to be anything but stellar for the London five-piece. Crowd and band energy being on high helped the visuals – as you can see from this shot.”
Group Love in a parking lot in their hometown of LA. “I showed up at their house to meet everyone for the first time and Hannah (Hooper, vocalist) pulled out this huge white piece of fabric and said she had this idea of everyone in one big shirt. That’s when I noticed that the fabric was actually six T-shirts that they’d taken to a tailor and had sewn together.” (Aaron Farley)
Missy Elliott at Wireless. Photographer Richard Johnson recalls: “She burst out of a magician’s box and before long was down the front with the crowd going nuts and sending us photographers scrambling for the perfect shot.”
British Sea Power photographed in Traena, Norway, where they playing the local festival. Shot by Dan Dennison. “This was the job of the summer so far. The Arctic Circle, glaciers, boats, sea eagles and a massive cave venue on a remote fjord Island – nice!”
Beth Coast, at singer Bethany Cosentino’s house, LA. Aaron Farley recalls: “I walked in the door and they waved from the couch – then went back to watching Hannah Montana re-runs. I noticed this Garfield phone sitting there and suggested we incorporated that into the shoot. Hannah Montana kept playing in the background the whole time…”
Massachusetts-based trio Dom, shot for a Radar feature by Ben Rowland. “The idea for the shoot was to get a look that was quintessentially, if not comically, American. I chose the location on the Greenpoint docks because it’s one of the last spots in the area that still retains the look of Brooklyn’s industrial past.”
A sweltering Benicassim saw Magnetic Man, hidden behind a huge cage of LED lights, introduce Spain to their special brand of dubstep. Difficult to shoot but the smoke and lights made it really atmospheric. Richard Johnson
Biffy at T In The Park, by Andy Willsher. “After Simon injured his knee at Glastonbury, James pretended to help him on-stage and then they proceeded to play the best gig of the weekend. Simon’s a big fan of shots from different angles and I think i was lying on the floor next to one of his amps.”
Klaxons at Exit Festival, Serbia. “It was quite a special moment,” says photographer Tom Martin. “Serbia was such a beautiful country and the Novi Sad Fort has to be one of the most unique festival venues in the world – this shot seems to capture a little piece of this.”
Radar star MNDR, shot by Ed Miles. “When I arrived at the hotel to shoot MNDR I sat next to this girl who introduced her self as Amanda. We were chatting for a while when I started to realize that I was actually talking to a=Amanda aka MNDR… then her press officer turned up and introduced her to me.”
Egyptian Hip Hop in the studio in London, by Andy Wilsher. “This was taken in a studio owned by the Cure’s old producer Dave Allen while they were recording a new EP. There was alot of weird sounds coming out of there with really old broken amps being looped together.”
Yeasayer in Aarhus, Denmark, by Emilie Bailey. “Armed with cold beers and snacks we led the boys down to the waterfront for a sit down and chat as I started to snap away. Thankfully they relaxed pretty quickly and we spent the next half an hour kicking around, trying new locations to shoot in and ending up in their rather impressive tour bus. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.”
Klaxons, photographed in London for the cover of NME by Tom Oxley.