Being a venue house photographer does mean I get to see a good variety of music from unfamiliar artists. When Jessie Ware sold out four nights at Islington Assembly Hall I was curious to see what the attraction was and I got to go and shoot the first night. There were no support acts, which made sense when I saw stage. The massive dome reflector lights facing into the auditorium had me a little concerned, having had the experience of shooting the band Highasakite with a similar set up that meant photographing into blinding backlight. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case on this occasion, or at least during the first three songs.
Jessie put on a polished performance of pop/soul songs that proved to be huge crowd pleasers, but it’s not the sort of music I prefer to listen to, but then again neither is death metal. But great stage presence and good lighting is what concert photographers crave, and Jessie Ware’s first night delivered on both counts.