No Place Like Dome

Just after returning from Poland I had a chance to attend the No Place Like Dome festival in Sligo. The Force 10 crew from Rathlin were helping out at this year’s festival and seeing as the Jigs and Rigs festival on Rathlin island is taking a year out, it seemed like the one major festival opportunity I’d have. The culinary subsidiary of the Audio Terrorists were also on hand to keep us well fed in style.

It was a great weekend with lots of laughter, costumes, great bands, and fantastic food from the crew kitchen.

Here are a selection of photos which hopefully represent a good cross section of the fun times that were had. You can click on any photo to enlarge it.

Photos from NPLD 2012

Out of my kitchen!

Ed is suitably attired for kitchen duty.

Serving time

Kitchen crew Chrissi, Shannon and Ed serve up.

Dan gets into it

Dan played a great set despite the various technical difficulties we setting everything up.

We interrupt this photograph

I was framing a shot of Dan on stage when this character appeared in front of the lens.

Pint glasses

Even though this shot is slightly out of focus I just loved the composition and the background character too much to let it go.

Dramatic bunker

The Bunker at NPLD with a heavy dramatic sky behind.

Setup

Damien helping prep one of the Saturday acts.

Multi costumed

NPLD was full of costumery. All sorts, colours, shapes and sizes.

Tweaking

Damien kept a close eye on the Dome stage sound all weekend.

Venus

Decked out in a fetching headset, Venus played a blinder in helping keep things running smoothly.

Paper flower

Catching a moment in the kitchen tent.

Bloomers machines

Paddy Bloomer rigging up his Sinclair bicycle powered sound-system.

Chrissi preps record choices whilst paddy does some more fine tuning.

Sunlight!

Chrissi preps record choices whilst paddy does some more fine tuning.

I'm going to be crap - I didn't take note of many of the act names. These guys were good though :)

The Dome

I’m going to be crap – I didn’t take note of many of the act names. These guys were good though 🙂

Your best guess is as good as mine.

1943

Your best guess is as good as mine.

Saxophonists

Mid note

More costumed wonder.

Masked and concerned

More costumed wonder.

This wig altered your perception of all that wore it.

Wonderful wig

This wig altered your perception of all that wore it.

Those eyelashes could only make your eyeslids super heavy?!

Lashes and lashes

Those eyelashes could only make your eyeslids super heavy?!

A full body vivid blue lycra suit. Beautiful.

Tight blue

A full body vivid blue lycra suit. Beautiful.

John Hedgey and Sean Behan mid tune.

The Barley Mob

John Hedgey and Sean Behan mid tune.

Adam from the Barley Mob gives it socks.

Adam Daly

Adam from the Barley Mob gives it socks.

The Barley Mob gets everyone down on the ground.

Everybody down

The Barley Mob gets everyone down on the ground.

The shout to rise up was given!

Everybody up

The shout to rise up was given!

Sara helps Nick with his hair.

Fix your hair

Sara helps Nick with his hair.

Saturday night didn't provide a huge amount of sleep for me.

Bleary Alex

Saturday night didn’t provide a huge amount of sleep for me.

Chrissi doing her best sad puppy dog impression.

Sad Pup

Chrissi doing her best sad puppy dog impression.

Kitchen sentry?

Unusual

Kitchen sentry?

Alan gets some feedback from the ladies on what outfit to go with.

Does this suit my figure?

Alan gets some feedback from the ladies on what outfit to go with.

My you look fetching :)

Oh Shannon

My you look fetching 🙂

Ed shows a bit of leg.

Rugged with a touch of dainty

Ed shows a bit of leg.

1.30pm sees J arising from his penthouse suite.

Morning

1.30pm sees J arising from his penthouse suite.

This gent was fully in tune with all the guitar solos. Really going for it!

Awesome

This gent was fully in tune with all the guitar solos. Really going for it!

These guys kicked off the Dome stage on Sunday afternoon.

The Stoney Brokes

These guys kicked off the Dome stage on Sunday afternoon.

The impressive guitar sculpture overlooking the NPLD site.

NPLD Guitar Sculpture

The impressive guitar sculpture overlooking the NPLD site.

A few of us have agreed that Jonny looked a little too good.

Oh Jonny

A few of us have agreed that Jonny looked a little too good.

I love this shot. The pink hat, the beard, the digger. It just works.

Bob

I love this shot. The pink hat, the beard, the digger. It just works.

Another entry to the Summer 2012 catalogue.

Dan

Another entry to the Summer 2012 catalogue.

In the NPLD DIY playground.

See saw

In the NPLD DIY playground.

One of the stranger looks in our Summer 2012 catalogue.  Again the bra-outside-the-clothes appears to be popular.

Unconventional

One of the stranger looks in our Summer 2012 catalogue. Again the bra-outside-the-clothes appears to be popular.

It seems apt that before a hand-fasting there should be some tree-hugging.  Bloody hippies.

Tree hugging

It seems apt that before a hand-fasting there should be some tree-hugging. Bloody hippies.

Christian makes his way to begin the hand-fasting.

Master of ceremonies

Christian makes his way to begin the hand-fasting.

Just before the hand-fasting starts Adrianna and Venus gave us a quick dance.

A quick dance

Just before the hand-fasting starts Adrianna and Venus gave us a quick dance.

Christian prepares Venus and Natalie.

We are gathered here today

Christian prepares Venus and Natalie.

I can't remember for sure - possibly the vows.

Somone forgot something

I can’t remember for sure – possibly the vows.

Venus and Natalie are hand-fastened.

The fasting

Venus and Natalie are hand-fastened.

The first dance

Dancing off

This fetching ensemble passed through after the hand fasting.

Back to Summer Catalogue 2012

This fetching ensemble passed through after the hand fasting.

Court jester

Court jester’s air ball

More fetching attire amongst the samba band.

Samba

More fetching attire amongst the samba band.

This quirky little number grabbed my eye.

Lightshade hat

This quirky little number grabbed my eye.

Behold, and fear not.

Truly, a thing of beauty

Behold, and fear not.

There was judicious application of face paints and fairy wings all around.

Wings

There was judicious application of face paints and fairy wings all around.

Pink, with wellington accessories

Oh Nick, you beautiful lunatic.

Nick

Oh Nick, you beautiful lunatic.

Another favourite shot from the festival. Damien gives Venus a hug.

Venus and Damien

Another favourite shot from the festival. Damien gives Venus a hug.

Jack got some incredible photos of the festival and I was lucky enough to have him pose for me.

Jack Davolio

Jack got some incredible photos of the festival and I was lucky enough to have him pose for me. Make sure to check out his own set of photos.

Festival attendees coming and going from the bunker.

The Bunker

Shame he doesn't have stripey trousers too.

Stripey

Even though the lighting is a little out, I love this shot.  It sort of sums up the ridiculousness of the whole thing!

Flowery

Even though the lighting is a little out, I love this shot. It sort of sums up the ridiculousness of the whole thing!

Yvonne and Adrianna did some great dancing to Chrissi's mini-DJ set at the Furry Cup.

Adrianna and Yvonne

Yvonne and Adrianna did some great dancing to Chrissi’s mini-DJ set at the Furry Cup.

We got to catch Chrissi play some tunes at the Furry Cup after the wedding.

Chrissi – jazz hands

Christian, Joanna and Adrianna all enjoying Chrissi's set.

Post wedding celebrations

Yep, things are still quite silly in the kitchen after my 3 hour sleep.

Monday morning

Yep, things are still quite silly in the kitchen after my 3 hour sleep.

Bob is getting some well deserved time off.

Bob chilling

Bob is getting some well deserved time off.

Damien devotes some run time to the Sinclair.

Powering on

Damien devotes some run time to the Sinclair.

Is Paddy a contender for Miss July?

Miss July?

Is Paddy a contender for Miss July?

Thanks to all involved

That’s it, if you’ve scrolled this far I hope you enjoyed this collection of photos. I’d like to say a big thanks to all of the crew that made the festival run. A big thanks to the crew kitchen which kept me running throughout the festival. I wasn’t able to lend too much help in the kitchen tent due to a shortage of sound engineers.

I’d also like to say thanks to Damien for trusting me to handle the live sound on Sunday evening. Whilst I have actually trained as a sound engineer, that focus was always on studio sound. Taking on the live desk was a little daunting, mainly due to the real-time nature of it all. However, once I got my head around it all, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Finally, a big sorry to Superfly for the failed Saturday evening show. We really tried all we could to get the energy issues sorted at the Dome stage but unfortunately the generator just refused to cooperate and we had to call it quits.

Comments

  • Awesome photographs Alex! Forget about lighting or focusing being a little off – most people don’t notice and it does not really detract from the photograph’s content and composition anyway. Loved the one of Bob, and the beauty among the drummers haha! Great times, thank you for sharing these. 

    • Thanks Jack! Really happy you liked them. I’ve always been a stickler for focussing, but yeah, if the moment is special enough I guess it’s not too big a deal if it’s not 100% precise 🙂

  • paddy bloomer

     my guess is that would be albert hoffman who went on a cycling trip 1943 so that mans dressed up as a sheet of acid

    • Aha.. that definitely did not click in my head at all. I know that story all right, but it totally didn’t occur to me.

  • John Mahoon

    Cracking stuff Alex, great shots – all about the atmosphere andcharacters, technical secondary as the man said!

    • Thanks Mr. Mahoon 😉

      Glad you liked them. Really nice wee festival that. Organisers are good heads. Them and the Force10 crew are a good match.

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