Pandemic on the Dancefloor…

The COVID-19 Pandemic has derailed the music business causing destructive soundwaves Ripling out and destroying years of music workers livelihoods.

Nick has voiced his concern on the ensuing Pandemic and the long-standing effects it will have on the live music business and his friends within it. “ the Pandemic has ground the U.K.’s multi million pound music business to a halt, causing catastrophic knock on affect to everyone associated within the industry. Not only affecting artists but record labels, independent recording companies, freelancers, venues, festivals and agents. This year could change the face of the music industry for ever”

Nick Elliott Rock Art photographer

Thousands of festivals and tours have been cancelled or postponed leaving creatives and their fans feeling uncertainty for the future. The music and entertainment industry relies on their heavily freelance creative workforce. The loss of their income, usually for completed work only, may force many creatives out of the industry forever. Many talented people could find themselves redeployed into vocations that do not represent their talents, which will be a total loss for the UK’s music industry.

“ I’m particularly worried about the new aspiring musical acts who rely on live music festivals and tours to showcase their talents and get a footing on the music ladder many talented artists may go undiscovered“

The rise of music streaming, virtual live shows, podcasts and FB streaming is encouraging and many have found innovative ways to keep the music live and to keep fans listening.

Nick Elliott Rock Art Photographer

“ I think that once we come out of the other side of this, the music industry will experience a boom. If artists and their associated workers can survive this brief period of hardship there is a potential for the music industry to begin to thrive again as fans flock back to the music scene.

Life without music is like a life without love“

Nick Elliott Rock Photographer

Mud, glorious mud!

Nick shoots The Darkness

You can see from the title that Nick has been wallowing in it recently – mud at festivals, that is!

Having said that, it’s been a strange year on the festival circuit with many of the rock festivals that Nick usually works with the bands, such as Sonisphere and High Voltage, buckling under the weight of these economic times and the Olympics.

But the show must go on, and it has been a busy time of late in the mud and darkness.

Roll on the summer!

Two of the Big 4 in action

Take a look Nick’s images of two of the Big 4 shot at Sonisphere last weekend.

Here’s Metallica and Slayer in action on Planet Rock’s website: http://t.co/cV5UplC

He’s A Winner!

Congratulations to Matt Brand for winning the Planet Rock competition to shoot Thin Lizzy at High Voltage under the expert guidance of Nick.

Nick’s looking forward to meeting up with Matt and giving him the benefit of his experience shooting some of the world’s biggest bands in the photo pit to help Matt get the very most out of photographing Thin Lizzy during their set.

See you there, Matt!