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
Ed is suitably attired for kitchen duty.
Kitchen crew Chrissi, Shannon and Ed serve up.
Dan played a great set despite the various technical difficulties we setting everything up.
I was framing a shot of Dan on stage when this character appeared in front of the lens.
Even though this shot is slightly out of focus I just loved the composition and the background character too much to let it go.
The Bunker at NPLD with a heavy dramatic sky behind.
Damien helping prep one of the Saturday acts.
NPLD was full of costumery. All sorts, colours, shapes and sizes.
Damien kept a close eye on the Dome stage sound all weekend.
Decked out in a fetching headset, Venus played a blinder in helping keep things running smoothly.
Catching a moment in the kitchen tent.
Paddy Bloomer rigging up his Sinclair bicycle powered sound-system.
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
Your best guess is as good as mine.
More costumed wonder.
This wig altered your perception of all that wore it.
Those eyelashes could only make your eyeslids super heavy?!
A full body vivid blue lycra suit. Beautiful.
John Hedgey and Sean Behan mid tune.
Adam from the Barley Mob gives it socks.
The Barley Mob gets everyone down on the ground.
The shout to rise up was given!
Sara helps Nick with his hair.
Saturday night didn’t provide a huge amount of sleep for me.
Chrissi doing her best sad puppy dog impression.
Alan gets some feedback from the ladies on what outfit to go with.
My you look fetching
Ed shows a bit of leg.
1.30pm sees J arising from his penthouse suite.
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 impressive guitar sculpture overlooking the NPLD site.
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.
Another entry to the Summer 2012 catalogue.
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.
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.
Just before the hand-fasting starts Adrianna and Venus gave us a quick dance.
Christian prepares Venus and Natalie.
I can’t remember for sure – possibly the vows.
Venus and Natalie are hand-fastened.
This fetching ensemble passed through after the hand fasting.
More fetching attire amongst the samba band.
This quirky little number grabbed my eye.
Behold, and fear not.
There was judicious application of face paints and fairy wings all around.
Oh Nick, you beautiful lunatic.
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. Make sure to check out his own set of photos.
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.
Yep, things are still quite silly in the kitchen after my 3 hour sleep.
Bob is getting some well deserved time off.
Damien devotes some run time to the Sinclair.
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.