In mid march, I started a new journey in my life. This is my first week at INFL.
On my first day, I walked around trying to find where to go. After getting lost a few times I gave in and asked for directions. It worked.
Upon arriving, I met a woman named Caroline, who’s accent sounded Scottish. Later on after getting to know her, I was proven right. She told me a bit about the upcoming events and the Bras Not Bombs charity and also a bit about her.
I then met Will as he told me a bit about the company and what departments they have as I was fitting the pieces in my mind of where I could fit in. Later that day, as they were moving offices, I helped move bits and pieces around in which we put in a van. It felt like a full workout plan.
I felt more comfortable on day 2 as these strangers became more familiar. The first task I was set was to write a blog post. This was based on the day before in which confetti holds an annual event in multiple industries. Of course we focused on music which welcomed aspiring musicians looking to break into the industry.
I didn’t have a computer with me at the time so I reverted to classic pen and paper. I also had a lot of exercise as I walked around and gave pubs, posters and handouts for upcoming events including Fridays show at the Chameleon.
When I finished the draft, I typed it up at home and published it the following day. You can read that article here: Nusic academy workshop
At night I went to the Chameleon, a small hidden venue down the alley of Newcastle Chambers. I met the bands during sound check one hour before the show had started and spoke with some of the members. There were three bands on the bill. First up was Femur with ferocious energy and I struggled to keep up with the camera. Next up on the bill was I Am Lono which sounds like something from the 80s or 90s with a modern twist. The show ended with the headline act Witch Of The East who had a dark cast to their vocals and gothic vibe.
On day 4 I photographed the Bras Not Bombs event which was hosted at two venues; The Lacehouse and The Angel Microbrewery. Several bands and musicians mostly fronted by women, played on stage. The event ended with a blistering set from A Void which the crowd and I loved.
Next up is a show at the alberts on Friday the 13th March. Or tomorrow if you’re reading this on the 12th.
Check out the gallery below for images of Saturdays show.