Bez from Happy Mondays at The Ritz
Darren Partington of 808 State at The Ritz
Delphic at Parklife
Don Letts at BBC6 Music Festival
Elbow at Manchester Arena
Everything Everything at Parklife
Gary Barlow at Manchester Arena
Shaun Ryder of Happy Mondays at The Ritz
I Am Kloot at Ramsbottom Festival
Jake Evans at Ramsbottom Festival
Jimi Goodwin at Ramsbottom Festival
John Cooper Clarke at BBC6 Music Festival
John Ellis at Manchester Jazz Festival
Johnny Marr at Parklife
Larry Gott of James at Castlefield Bowl
Peter Hook at The Ritz
Ren Harvieu at Spirit of Salford
Rowetta at The Ritz
Tim Booth at Castlefield Bowl
Tim Burgess at Band on the Wall
Behind the lens: Chris Payne
'I’m a freelance photographer based in Manchester, and head photographer at Northern Soul. I use a Nikon D610, but most of the shots here were done with my first camera, a D3200.
I’m a musician, but the saxophones went into the loft when I picked up a DSLR for the first time in 2012. Photographing live music seems to give me the same buzz I get from performance – and my background in theatre and film (I worked at Cornerhouse for eight years up until the birth of my son in 2010) has given me an eye for the theatrical. I love going for something a bit different – an extreme close-up, or a weird framing. Although I try to make sure I get as much done “in the camera” as I can, I really enjoy the editing process, where it’s possible to wrangle the shot into something special. This is often a necessity where gig photography is concerned, as the lighting can be unpredictable, with strobes and the dreaded red or blue floods. In addition, you tend to only get to shoot the first three songs (without flash) so you take what you can get!'
'Photographing Johnny Marr and James have been real highlights this year – Tim Booth doesn’t hold back on stage, and Johnny is always good for a wee rockstar pose. I suppose the selection here shows the wide range of music still coming out of the UK’s great music city.'
You can view more of Chris’s work at www.chrispayneimages.co.uk, his articles for Northern Soul here and you can buy some of his work online here.
You can find him on Twitter at @xtofallabout and on Facebook