EARLY START FOR US SNAPPERS AT RELENTLESS NASS 2010 AS WE ARE TOLD THERE WILL BE A PHOTOCALL 10.30 AT GOLIATH, THIS TURNS OUT TO BE A BIT OF A DAMP SQUID , SOME DUDE ON BMX DOING 2 JUMPS HMMMM….. ALTHOUGH THE SHOOT DID TEACH ONE SNAPPER NEVER GET TOO NEAR TO LOW FLYING SKATEBOARDS AS THEY CAUSE DAMAGE TO UNPROTECTED HEADS !!!!!!
As usual I attend NASS with video camera as well as my Nikons ,always feel this event is more video friendly than stills so spend most of the time videoing.
After getting some early pics out I ventured down to the entrance to video the queues which this year are kept down to 1 1/2 max wait pretty impressive as every bag is searched and the security confiscate enough booze for their end of festival party Relentless keep the crowds refreshed with cups of thief product..
On the way back to the press room i come across the wierd but simply brilliant new concept Alcoholic air !!! you sit at the stall and for £4 for 4 mins you breath in air filtered through Vodka or Ouzo which , I am told, is a pretty good hit !!!! genius not far from here , passed the Legal High stand (which is strangely deserted) I encounter the Nike 6.0 stalls where you can win goodies by various means (hook a duck, knock of coconuts etc ) all fun.
The Street course indoors is the next stop the BMX dudes are flying all over the course organised chaos or pure skill they do not hit each other .backflips, tail-whips, superman’s and god knows what else’s are everywhere , so much skill and bravery, although I stay on the side-lines not venturing into the middle for fear of getting a BMX wrapped round my head, its hard to know which rider to focus on and film every time you think your filming the best another equally talented competitor seems to out trick them.
Back to the Goliath ramp (very well named ) the streetboards and skate boards are entertaining the crowd with evermore dangerous tricks (or maybe its not the crowd but the ITV News camera they are performing for?) , the sun is blazing many young men topless without sun protection (will they ever be educated to the dangers?) camping will be fun for them me thinks. The BMX boys follow onto the Goliath ramp to impress me further with their brave skills .
After all this action its time to slow down and chill out at the main stage with some music , the 1st act I catch is a new one on me Morning Parade , Essex boys with honest keyboard/guitar home grown anthems a smallish crowd soon seem to mass at the front and enjoy the set , surely one band to watch out for in the future.
General Fiasco are up next , having seen them the night before in Gloucester I knew what to expect and received it and more.These 3 young Irish lads (who as we are constantly reminded are shortlisted for Kerrang’s best new band award so please vote) produce a well used recipe of rock based songs which are easy listening crowd pleasers at volume 11 .
After what seems an eternity and obvious technical problems Hadouken ! saunter onto the stage and immediately whip the now sweltering masses into an orgy of activity, jumping, shouting moshing beer throwing ahhhh to be young again. I have shot Hadouken! several times and the energy and all round performance of these 5 young Leeds-based grime-punkers (or is that Nu-Rave?) always impresses me , guitarist Daniel “Pilau” Rice is a photographers dream with his stage antics and obvious guitar skills area bonus. Go see this .(my daily tip)
Last for me is the ever jovial, Plectrum throwing Texan band Bowling For Soup , I first shot these guys 2 years ago (or maybe3) and have sang along with them ever since .Jaret Reddick and lead singer always smiling races through the first couple of tracks before telling the audience this is thier last UK gig before heading home to Texas , last chance to sample some american meat whatever that means! Guitarist and round nice guy Chris Burney has enlarged since we last met (there again so have I) , his skinny support stockinged legs hanging out the oversized shorts , he is still the band clown and performs tricks with his guitar to amuse himself and the crowd all with that cheeky little grin of his even at one point balancing the guitar on his head what a great way to end a great day
NASS has progressed from its Chavy thug ridden days and is now a must for all skater/BMX followers lets hope 2011 is as good as if not surpasses 2010