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.
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Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of attending Spotify’s Fans First event for James Bay at Hubble Studio. The invite was sent out a few days ago to Spotify listeners that apparently stream James Bay a lot in the Los Angeles area. Anyway I took my usual plus one and go to gal, my Mom. As she is now a fan herself after seeing him in New York in 2016 and earlier this year. So she was on her third show, I’m on my fourth.

We got there early enough where we did not have too wait long as it was surprisingly chill for SoCal. The line ended up being wrapped around the block so my Mom and I got there at the perfect time!

Inside the event the theme of ‘Fans First’ was prevalent. It was an open space where we could freely wonder and look at all of this amazing art from both fans and actual artists that are fans as well. In the middle was a tiny black stage with one microphone and a guitar. I wonder who that is for …

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The DJ who stood off in the corner played amazing tunes all night not to far from the stage. Songs that have all had their debut on James’ playlist at some point or he’s talked about as being a fave or influence. Everything from The Rolling Stones to Frank Ocean to Francis And the Lights and of course his Brother Alex’ new song was played. It definitely kept you entertained waiting for James to arrive.

As I stated before I was so glad I arrived early because I was once again barricade at a James Bay show this time right in front. It was truly a “Fans First” experience. We were so close and yes there was security. But everyone respected him and those in the audience. It was such a heart warming and chill experience. I remember James saying he felt safe in this environment and that it was so cool of Spotify to do something like this for him and his fans.

James started out the night with new songs “Just For Tonight”, “Us”, “Slide”, “Pink Lemonade” and “Wild Love” ending with “Let It Go”. He then said I want to do one more song after taking a crowd picture. All done acoustically which was so amazing to hear. Especially songs like “Pink Lemonade” which according to James was written specifically for an electric guitar. All in all it was just him and his guitar. His vocals have never been stronger. He ended the night with an encore of “Hold Back the River”.

We ended a night of fun with memories of a very special event that us James Bay’ fans will never forget and the coolest poster. So once again I would like to thank Spotify, James Bay, his amazing team, Hubble Studio and Republic Records for putting on this amazing event!

James Bay – Let It Go [#SpotifyFansFirst]

James Bay – Hold Back the River [#SpotifyFansFirst]

– Brittney W. 🙂 x

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The British band ‘The Kill a King’ who are near and dear to my heart has an exciting new gig you need to hear about. And yes it is of the charitable kind.

The band which features members, Ralph Pellymounter, James Ball, Josh Taffel, Grant McNeil, & Ben Jackson are headlining their first fundraising gig in support of a addiction and mental health charity named “Music Support”. The concert (on May 28th) will be held at Omera in London, UK & hosted by Pearse Grady at Baker Boy Music and Amy Gordon of Diamond Jacks Management.

“This our first ever fundraising show and we are incredibly proud and excited that a band with the calibre of To Kill A King are joining us. It goes to show that we are really receiving support from all areas of the industry across the board, and events like this enable us to continue providing the crucial services to the industry that we saw such a need for.”
– Matt Thomas, Music Support founding trustee

The band ‘To Kill A King’ released their latest album, “The Spiritual Dark Age” this past January to a set of devoted fans and led by a string of single releases which include the title track. The record is a mix of soft acoustic guitar tracks to more upbeat jazzy rock numbers. The band followed up this album release with a opening tour slot with the band ‘Bastille’ on the “Reorchestrated” tour.

Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the ‘Music Support’ charity to help achieve it’s mission of insuring that no one in the UK music industry who suffers with addiction and mental health issues alone.

“Music Support do incredibly important work in an industry that can be exploitative of its artists and when we were asked to get involved, we jumped at the chance. Omeara is one of our favourite small venues and we’re planning on making it a really special night,”
– ‘To Kill a King’ guitarist, Grant McNeill.

To Kill a King’ has invited Singer-Songwriter Charlie Barnes, who has also toured with Bastille as both an opening act and most notably as a touring member, to perform with them. Charlie’s beautiful and atmospheric second album “Oceanography” was released back in March with the second single “Bruising” released on May 4th. The band have also invited Monty Taft to open the show. The 18 year old Singer-Songwriter from Jersey whose unique sound is genre blending allowing him to gain critical acclaim and music industry interest since releasing his first single “These Walls” in 2015. At 18 he has already performed at over 400 live shows. Monty Taft’s latest single, “Delay” is out now.

“It’s such an honour to have been asked to be part of this night for Music Support. Being involved in music can be a pretty weird job; of course it has its dizzying highs, but those can’t exist without some, in my experience, fairly daunting lows. It can be so easy to feel like you’re the only person in the world experiencing tough times in this industry, but organisations like Music Support are doing wonderful work to help us all feel a little bit less like we’re on our own. I’m also, like, totally pumped to get to see my new best buds To Kill A King again, and make a new friend in the Marvellous Monty Taft”
– Charlie Barnes

So folks if you’re in London on May 28th. This is a gig not to be missed. A great lineup of talented musicians all looking to help a great cause in a celebratory manor.

Tickets are on sale now!

Follow Music Support here:
Twitter: (@Musicsupport_uk)
Instagram: (@Musicsupport_uk)
Follow To Kill a King’ here:
Twitter: (@ToKillAKing)
Instagram: (@ToKillAKing)
Follow Charlie Barnes here:
Twitter: (@CharlieBarnes)
Instagram: (@CharlieBarnesMusic)
Follow Monty Taft here:
Twitter: (@MontyTaft)
Instagram: (@MontyTaft)
Follow Omeara London:
Twitter: (@OmearaLondon)
Listen to ‘To Kill A King’
Listen to ‘Charlie Barnes’
Listen to ‘Monty Taft’

Brittney W.