Category Archives: Gigs

SH Dispatch #15: Shooting the Strawberry Music Festival 2012

Music festival season is over (AFAIK) over here, and I upped myself this year by going to two, concluding with this multi-stage Strawberry Music Festival.

Broken Promises
Broken Promises

The venue was at World Expo Park, and upon realizing that, I knew another thing I could do: I could bike-ride myself there. I did, and for two days of this three-day event, I went, lugging the fairly unused Canon 60D on my first day (April 29), and the new Lumix GF3 on the second (April 30).

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Balikbayan, Part 2/Shanghai Christmas 2011

Sure, the gig photography  diet was something I have been deprived of for some time, and it had been part of my balikbayan itinerary to catch a few favorites again.

Oremuz
Oremuz

One thing I tend to miss when shooting gigs is a great chunk of the live performance experience. I’ve seen Oremuz play a few times before, but this is the first time I can wholeheartedly state that this is one world-class act. I cannot find anything to nitpick about them, and their music. Right after their set, I was approached by one of the vocalists, Shekhinah, about the possibility of exchanging contact information so I can share the shots I took, and I told her that their bassist, Russel, already messaged me inquiring about getting copies of photos I’ve taken of them since. I blamed my current OFW state for the delay in fulfilling their request.  Later on, Russel asked me if I could tag along to any of their gigs, then I mentioned my being China-based, and she was quick to ask if I could the same, if ever they play in China.

I found no reason to say no to that.

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Envy: Asia Tour 2011 in Shanghai

I started listening to Envy back in 2007 (proof!; albeit in a not-so-great light), and when doing random searching lead me to this page, I shot an email and had my tickets reserved. This was bound to be AWESOME

And about 40 people believed that, too. I’m a little sure though that some were just curious, and wouldn’t mind spending 200RMB on some visiting Japanese rock band.

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Shanghai Midi Music Festival 2011

Late post, but this still did happen the same month I’d be posting this. Hi! I’m alive, and o known much Mandarin to tell the cab driver where to go.

I went to Century Park last May 8, though, for the Shanghai Midi Music Festival 2011:

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First Quarter 2011 Gigs, Part 2: The Mocha Girls, College Collision 4, et al

There’s something about ‘being hip’ that doesn’t sit well with me. Sure, I sometimes file myself under the ‘cooler-than-thou’ category, but I always allow myself to deviate, and embrace what most of these young Tumblr folk go gaga over. Most especially if they come in very sexy packages.

Mocha Girls
Mocha Girls

I think it happened late last year when I started my metal scene coverage when I got curious about the Mocha Girls. After looking at their photos, watching a few Youtube videos, I got it.

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