Having a second opportunity to shoot the lads from The Strypes at the Olympia Theater in Dublin was an awesome chance to try and capture the other side of the stage that fans don't always get to see and experience, so arranging the coveted ALL AREAS ACCESS PASS was just the ticket I had worked hard to get.
We left home really early to drive down to Dublin and timing was perfect hitting peak hour traffic both through Belfast and into Dublin(well its safe to say its probably busy here anytime of day). Parked the car and tried to checkin early but no go the room was not ready, dropped bags and headed straight down to the theater.
I was able to shoot the entire sound check and make images you would never get while shooting during the gig, I mean 3 songs, that's all you get and its sometimes hard to get really good shots during that time. Using a little flash during the sound check makes a huge difference to balancing the ambient light with flash.
The lads are really accommodating during the sound check allowing me to bounce around them, getting right up to them. Obviously they are very different on and off stage and it was great to experience that in a band, that are surely set for great things in the future.
Once the equipment arrives, its the time of the "roadies" to offload and start putting the show together, setting up instruments and plugging audio into the sound desk.