2017 was Sync‘s biggest year so far on so many fronts – more live gigs reviewed, more posts, more new music, a massive increase in visitors to the site, and more music fanatics joining the team! Where the latter point is concerned, among those working with Sync this year has been a crew of highly talented photographers who have been braving all sorts of occasionally ridiculous conditions to get killer shots of some of the best new and established acts around.

We asked a few of the team to select their own favourites from the huge array of shots we’ve featured this year and, in no particular order, they appear below – enjoy!….

(Please note, all images shot for Sync are © of their respective photographer. Please do not re-use in any way without permission)

 

IMG_9985 Vukovi.jpgVukovi, March 2017, Boston Music Room, London.
Photographer: Jessica Piochon
“It was a bit challenging, because there was no photo pit so not a lot of space to move around. But one of my favourite shows to shoot.”

 

DSC_0250Sundara Karma, May 2017, o2 Academy, Bristol
Photographer: Martin Allen
“The place was buzzing for Dot To Dot Festival headliners Sundara Karma and they lived up to the hype. Colourful lighting and the great stage presence of frontman Oscar Pollock made for some cool shots.”

 

Mystic Peach.jpegMystic Peach, October 2017, Heartbreakers, Southampton.
Photographer: Ant Penny
“This was from my first time at Southampton venue Heartbreakers. It is one of my favourite shots as the lighting and backdrop went well with the Bands name, ‘Mystic’ Peach.”

 

TheKooks_PhoebeReeks.jpgThe Kooks, May 2017, Bournemouth
Photographer: Phoebe Reeks
“This is one of my favourite photos taken this year, not only because The Kooks are a band I have loved for such a long time, but also because it captures the moment on stage. This was also from the first gig I shot for Sync!”

 

DSC_0008Nick Mulvey, October 2017, Lemon Grove, Exeter
Photographer: Martin Allen
“Nick Mulvey is pretty expressive on stage but stays close to his mic. I was pleased to get this shot just as he moved slightly, capturing a moment from what was a pretty special show.”

 

IMG_0169John Legend, September 2017, Cardiff
Photographer: Becca Egerstrom
“John Legend’s gig was my first arena shoot so that’s definitely one I won’t forget.”

 

IMG_1334 Holding Absence.jpgHolding Absence, April 2017, Boston Music Room, London.
Photographer: Jessica Piochon
“One of the best bands in the UK in my opinion and such fun to shoot.”

 

Flogging Molly 4.jpgFlogging Molly, June 2017, Birmingham
Photographer: Arta Gailuma
“This one is my favourite from the ones I’ve done for Sync this year. It sums up everything that Flogging Molly shows are about – great music, fun, energy and beautiful bright lights. When I look at it I can straight away see Dave King jumping around on the stage in no mood for the party to stop.”

 

DSC_0841Phantogram, April 2017, London
Photographer: Martin Allen
“One of my favourite bands and it was a thrill to shoot them. Sarah Barthel is a mesmerising frontwoman and the camera seems to love her.”

 

IMG_1922Zara Larsson, October 2017, Portsmouth
Photographer: Becca Egerstrom
“Dua Lipa and Zara Larsson have been amongst my favourite artists since they appeared on the music scene, easily making their gigs my favourite all year – especially as I couldn’t stop singing along while shooting”

 

Skinny ListerSkinny Lister, December 2017, Southampton
Photographer: Ant Penny
“This Skinny Lister shot is a favourite as it shows the love that the band – especially the crowd-surfing lead singer – has for the fans.”

 

Twang3 (2)The Twang, December 2017, London
Photographer: Rebecca Cribb
“I love the interesting colour contrasts that I was able to capture during the gig, the stage lighting had a great combination of hues that helped to create depth to these images, bringing forward the singer into immediate focus.”

 

DSC_0332The Big Moon, May 2017, SWX, Bristol
Photographer: Martin Allen
“Had pit access for this one and got some decent shots from up front, but this is my favourite and was taken right from the very back of the room with a long lens.”
DSC_4608Sex Pissed Dolls, August 2017, Liverpool
Photographer: Arta Gailuma
“I didn’t include this photo in my initial selection when I sent the shots in for Sync’s review of Liverpool’s Hope & Glory festival. Going through the photos originally I skipped it as I thought it looked like a mess. Now, I love this shot… it’s that hair!”

 

dsc_0016-2Youngr, March 2017, Oslo, London
Photographer: Martin Allen
“A tricky show to shoot – no photo pit, packed venue, low lighting and a lively, unpredictable performer whose act sees him hidden behind his drum rig for much of the show. Managed to make myself just about visible enough for him to spot me and do this though!”

 

IMG_1185Dua Lipa, October 2017, Bournemouth
Photographer: Becca Egerstrom
See also Becca’s video from this show.

 

DSC_0696.jpgHot 8 Brass Band, July 2017, Phoenix, Exeter
Photographer: Martin Allen
“I was super-keen to get a shot of Bennie Pete and his sousaphone but for almost the whole gig he was partially obscured either by band-mates or stage props. This one – taken from the balcony – came about through sheer perseverance and I love that it also captures his hand gesture.”

 

And here are a few other shots from Sync’s super-busy year…

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