Liverpool Rock band The Wombats (and one of my absolute faves), brought their unique, fun and oft humorous brand of British Indie rock to L.A.’s Belasco Theatre this past Thursday. The band playing to a jam packed crowd of uber fans, blasted through an exciting set spanning the bands already pretty extensive catalogue, churning through hits and crowd faves such as “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” (where people come out on stage dressed as Wombats), “Turn” (from their new album, “Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life”), and “Bee-Sting” (which is getting radio play on KROQ). So what I’m getting at here is if you haven’t see them live yet it’s a must! The Wombats are currently on a massive USA tour. You can get more info via their website below as well as learn more on the band. But first …. Check out my EPIC Wombats (and Barns Courtney, who opened up for them brilliantly!) photo gallery from the show below ….

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Until then,

Brittney W. 🙂

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My favorite British Alternative Pop band Bastille made their return to Los Angeles last night (September 24th). Taking The Wiltern stage by storm (pun intended) with a new and quite colorful lively stage setup. Bastille played to a *sold out* house performing many fan favorites and new songs, which of course included the bands’ current mega-hit ‘Happier’ a collaboration with Marshmello which is also set to be included on the bands’ upcoming mixtape Other People’s Heartache PT 4. The release date was announced at the show and is in less than two weeks time!

The band is more sprightly than ever, the Wild World days are now gone having been replaced by a new stage setup and backdrop in preparation for the bands’ forthcoming album ‘Doom Days’. It’s bright, it’s colorful and it’s very ‘Bastille’.

The opener was a singer-songwriter named Fletcher was lovely and showcased some killer vocals. It was a great way to kick off a night of fun music. If you haven’t heard of her I would definitely check her out.

Bastille took to the stage promptly at 9:15pm opening up with Wild World’s lead single ‘Good Grief’. The night proceeded with the band playing 20 songs, rocking The Wiltern way up to the balcony (where I was). Highlights from the setlist included crowd favorites ‘The Draw’ where the band goes absolutely insane and rocks out, crowd participation fave ‘Of The Night’, ‘Flaws’, ‘Warmth’, (where self-proclaimed “bad dancer” Dan dances like no one’s watching … when everyone is) and of course the three newest songs, ‘Happier’, ‘World Gone Mad’ and a ‘Quarter Past Midnight’. Bastille like always ended the show with their debut ‘Pompeii’ and everyone in attendance left the venue ‘Happier’ (pun very much intended), looking forward to OPH 4, ‘Doom Days’, and whenever the next Bastille show happens in Los Angeles.

View the photos I took below using #Hujicam #Huji #Bastille #Happier #bastilledan

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Until then
Brittney W.

Bishop Briggs Brought the ‘Church of Scars’ to L.A. …

Singer-songwriter Bishop Briggs took us to Church last night (September 5th) at her sold out concert in Los Angeles, held at the very apropos The Theatre at The Ace Hotel. The gothic architecture definitely set the scene for the night. I was excited to be not only checking off another artist on my photography wish list but checking off another concert venue as well!

The band Joywave opened up the show and they were the perfect opener for Bishop Briggs. Fun Electro-pop with Alternative leanings. I hadn’t heard much from them but after seeing them live and how enthusiastic their fans were. I would definitely recommend them.

Bishop Briggs hit the stage at approximately 9:10 and with my photo pass I had only the first three songs to get my photos. I was stoked to be seeing her live again but this time photographing her set. The entire show was so fun and I was so thankful for this opportunity. Bishop’s vocals literally filled up the room and all the way to the rafters and balcony. She played a bunch of new songs including her latest “Baby”. The crowd went absolutely nuts on “Wild Horses” and you feel the emotion saturate the entire room when she went into songs like “Hi-Lo Hollow” and her cover of INXS “Never Tear Us Apart”. The night ended on a high note with her massive hit “River”. It was definitely not a concert to be missed and Bishop Briggs is an artist not to be missed. So to start check out my gallery from her epic show below!

Bishop Briggs // Photographed by Brittney Williams

Until then,
Brittney W.

After 24 years Vans Warped Tour has come to an end. It’s been one incredible summer to experience unforgettable memories with music, friends, and opportunities. One of the first opening bands on one of the main stages at VWT was Issues at the Journey’s Right foot stage. People were coming in and waiting in the crowd were ecstatic to witness Issues perform. The energy from the crowd was crazy! They were jumping around and creating a mosh circle in the middle for Tyler to see. Next to take the stage on the Journey’s Right foot stage was Set It Off. Set It Off are no stranger to the Warped Tour scene but this year was selected as a special guest to attend couple dates. They began the set with their new single “Killer In the Mirror”, then with the crowd favorite “The Haunting” while during part of the chorus Cody decided to sing along with the crowd. It was a joyful moment as he held onto the crowd for support and to hear them sing back his songs.

The next set to play was Silverstein, the band’s lead singer Shane took the time to thank Kevin Lyman for letting them on VWT stage for the past 15 years. They then followed up with playing “Smile In Your Sleep” with lead guitarist Paul playing his heart out. Another stage in VWT was the Ernie Ball one. It featured some upcoming bands like Palaye Royale. The bands had started off with “Don’t feel Quite Right”, the energy of the crowd was so upbeat once these band of brothers set foot on the stage.
For certain dates, there would be selected special guest one of them being Asking Alexandria. The crowd lost it once they started with “The Final Episode (Let’s Change the Channel)” before continuing with “Into the Fire” another crowd favorite. Rhythm guitarist Cameron always feeds off the crowd’s energy when going out onstage and rocking out. One of the most important things for me at a show or festival is seeing how the crowd reacts, whether by screaming, putting their hands up in the air, the horn symbol or just by watching what’s in front of them during the set.

State Champs fans were so eager since it felt like a home show for the band who is from Albany, New York. From the bass player, Tony getting lost in the music while playing to Ryan screaming his heart out on “Dead and Gone”. Playing on the Owly.FM stage was Makeout, they won in a competition for Battle of the Bands in 2014, playing nine shows in VWT in 2015 and now playing all summer. Lead singer and front-man Sam hitting the stage with “Childish” and the entire atmosphere of the audience. The Amity Affliction took to the Journey stage, with the crowd sensing the mood to go wild it was quite the freeing feeling being able to express themselves through the music. During “Open letter” bass player Ahren took part of leading the crowd through singing the breakdown letting the crowd take part of the show. Lastly, Tonight Alive entered the stage to perform. One of the female fronted bands at Vans Warped Tour. Having Jenna step onto the stage and command the crowd was a delight to see. It was a great way to end 24 years of Warped Tour.

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Hey, everyone yesterday I got the chance to photograph the concert by singer-songwriter and pop star Olivia O’Brien (with opening act Sofya Wang). Although the name may not sound very familiar yet.You have definitely heard at least one of her songs. With tracks like “RIP” which has G-Eazy on it and “Empty”, and most notably “hate u love u” which she sings with GNASH. Olivia O’Brien is definitely on the rise and her show at The Roxy (which was a very sweaty and fun one btw) was only solid proof. A short image gallery is below!

Olivia O'Brien // The Roxy Theatre
Olivia O’Brien // The Roxy Theatre
Find Out More On Olivia: http://oliviaobrienmusic.com/
Socials:
Instagram: @oliviaobrien
Twitter: @oliviagobrien
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Until then,
Brittney W. 

Hey, guys! I’m back with the final round up of Arroyo Seco Weekend. Yesterday (Sunday, June 24th) I headed back out for round two with hopes of seeing as many bands as possible. But first on my schedule was an interview with Lisa Coleman (Keyboards/Piano) of The Revolution. We had a very quick chat after their set at the Sycamore stage and a quick photo. The interview will be posted later!

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Photo Credit: The Revolution – ARROYO SECO Weekend

The entire day was quite the adventure as a whole. As my plus one and I ended up getting turned around upon arrival. Some super nice security people and workers at the festival helped us get back where we needed to be. We ended up getting a free trip on a golf cart in the process. By happenstance, I met Alanis Morrisette‘s shoe designer and artist in line. He liked my Neon Converse so he gave me a very quick peek of the shoes he designed for her. Alanis wore the shoes at her set that evening onstage at The Oaks. Which I thought was cool.

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Photo Credit: Alanis Morrisette – ARROYO SECO WEEKEND

So I ended up seeing The Revolution, Alanis Morrisette, the tail end of The Bangles, and the set I was most looking forward to seeing the entire weekend, Gary Clark Jr He is a favorite artist of mine. It was such a treat to finally see him live. The guitar skills and vocals on point. His band just as exceptional as him. I was headbanging, rocking out and just all around getting down the entire show. By then I was tired, not used to festivals and felt it was time to say bye to Arroyo Seco Weekend. It was very fun and reminded me how much I live for and love live music, so thank you.

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Photo Credit: Gary Clark Jr – ARROYO SECO WEEKEND

Until then,

Brittney W. 🙂 xx

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