October 5th, 2012Live
So I have just returned from shooting 80s glam rock band Steel Panther at Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane. The sold-out Eatons Hill Hotel show is the first in their 2012 Australian tour . Steel Panther are an entertaining, bordering on ridiculous band with politically incorrect lyrics. They originate from LA playing regular club shows for the better part of a decade. Steel Panther are a band I always thought to be more a ‘tribute band’ to the genre than any kind of serious originals band, and for them to be playing this sold out Australian tour and being included on festival bills such as Soundwave baffles me.Tags: 2012, 80s glamd band, brisbane music photographer, brisbane tour, concert, eatons hill hotel, elleni toumpas, glam rock, Live, melbourne music photographer, metal skool, steel panther
June 18th, 2012Live
Last month I photographed Kimbra at The Tivoli in Brisbane. From a photographer’s perspective she was amazing to shoot. An eccentric outfit, great lighting and a real expressive performer. Selecting only a few to showcase was really hard. Here are some shots.Tags: 2012, brisbane, concert, elleni toumpas, kimbra, live music photographer, music photographer, photography, the tivoli
March 12th, 2012Live
I must admit I have been out of the loop with shooting live music for the past few months. With a crazy end to my freelance work at the end of last year and life still in catch up mode now, it has left me with very little time and energy to get out on the gig scene.
This week sees things settle down a little and therefore I am out again shooting at the HiFi again for the second time this week, with St Vincent. This was one of those gigs where by I didn’t instantly know the artist. With a request coming from my editor, I often use my role as music photographer to get off my arse and discover new music. A few years ago when Maximo Park hit the stage of The Zoo I became an instant fan running out and buying their whole discography based on one show. Though I am not running out instantly to buy St Vincent’s back catalogue, her performance at The Hi Fi definitely stirred a curiosity. An ex-member of Polyphonic Spree and part of Surfjan Stevens’ touring band (thanks Wikipedia), here is a live performance of St Vincent playing her track Surgeon as a small taste.Tags: 2012, brisbane, concert, elleni toumpas, gig, hi fi, march, st vincent
January 25th, 2012Live
At the moment I am playing catch up with some of the gigs and jobs I shot towards the end of last year. In probably one of only a handful of Brisbane Entertainment Centre shows for 2011, in October I shot Def Leppard for Everguide.Tags: 2011, 2012, band, bec, boondall, brisbane, brisbane entertainment, brisbane entertainment centre, concert, def leppard, elleni, elleni toumpas, heart, live music, music, musician, photographer, photography, photos, stage, tour
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January 24th, 2012LiveTags: 2012, band, brisbane, brisbane band, concert, elleni, elleni toumpas, foster the people, gig, last dinosaurs, Live, live music, music, musician, photographer, photography, photos, rave magazine, stage, the tivoli, toumpas
January 23rd, 2012Live
Things have been quiet on the gig front for the past few months as the end of my 2011 saw me shooting a tonne of band portraits, corporate events and weddings. This hasn’t left much time for shooting live music. However my 2012 kicked off a little differently with my first shoot back for the work year covering Alpine at The Zoo. Alpine are a band I had heard small snippets from during the year, but had fallen heavily for during the summer break. Their live show was going to make or break my appreciation for the band as their sound on record works but on stage could easily fall apart with bad mixes or a lackluster ’shoe gazing’ performance. Luckily, the show was anything but lackluster with both Lou and Phoebe combining an amazing, sultry and energetic energy with almost perfect renditions of their loved and lesser known tracks.
Of course I am not a writer, so just take a look at some of the photos from the night. More photos after the jump…Tags: 2012, alpine, brisbane, concert, elleni, elleni toumpas, Live, live music, stage, the zoo
October 17th, 2011Live
On Friday I shot The Jezabels in the first of their two shows at Brisbane’s The Tivoli for Everguide and Rave magazine. For the first song the band performed behind a black semi-opaque curtain with each band member back-lit projecting shadows for the duration of the song. Once the curtain dropped photographing lead singer Hayley Mary was an easy task as she strutted around the stage hitting her notes by holding interesting angular poses.
August 26th, 2011Live
Last week I went along to The Zoo to photograph Dead Letter Cirucs for Everguide. The day before the Ekka public holiday, the show sold out earlier that day, so getting in early to get prime spot was mandatory.Tags: brisbane, closure in moscow, concert, dead letter circus, dlc, elleni, elleni toumpas, gig, Live, music, the zoo, toumpas
July 8th, 2011Live
Last Friday night Busby Marou played a sold out show at the Old Museum for their Biding My Time tour. Quickly becoming a favoured venue for musicians, the beautiful Old Museum was transformed even further with a lighting treatment of bare globes and rich colour washes. A pleasure to shoot and even more of a pleasure to watch. One thing that I found peculiar though was the quite eclectic crowd that had come along tonight. I could not help make comparisons with some of the female adoring fans and the type that would frequent some of those city pubs that most music goers would tend to avoid. I am not too sure what this says about the band, but everyone seemed to enjoy their night, so I am hoping it is nothing but positives.
Tags: 2011, band, biding my time tour, brisbane, busby marou, concert, elleni, elleni toumpas, gig, Live, live music, music, musician, old musuem, photographer, photography, photos, stage, toumpas
June 7th, 2011Live
Things have been a bit hectic over here. In the past two months I have only shot one live gig, and I am finally getting around here to blog the pictures here. Katy Perry at Brisbane Entertainment Centre on the 5th May. As it was a sound desk shoot, and being the short photographer I am, this shoot was a little difficult in timing to get shots through the hands of fans.
Tags: 2011, brisbane entertainment centre, concert, elleni, elleni toumpas, gig, katy perry, live music, music, toumpas