I’ve beena fan of Neds Atomic Dustbin for years (and years), most likley since I was about 18 so it was a real treat to be invited along to shoot them for Mute Elephant at Koko this weekend. It’s twenty five years since the release of their breakthrough record Kill Your Television so what better way to celebrate than to play a gig in front of adoring fans, most of whom were slightly older with a lot less hair!
The band rattled through a greatest hits selection, fans jumping around and crowd surfing like they were in their 20s matched by the exuberance of John Penney onstage.
The warmup was from James Atkin, formerly of EMF another on my indie favorites. I must admit to not knowing who this was before he kicked off the set with Children, one of my favories from the era.
I was also lucky enough to bump into an old work colleague who was DJing after the gig so snared a pass to say on a bit later and chat to him inbetween playing tunes. Even more luch ensued when I realised that there were another couple of bands playing later.
I throughly enjoyed Trampolene and shooting from the side of the stage (something that I’ve not done before) gave a different perspective for me.
All in all it was a great night out and something I really needed after a stressful week at work.