‘Gig Junkie’: Live photography by Sarah Thompson


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."


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.


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.


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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.


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.