Friday, 7 October 2011

Charlie Simpson @ St Pancras Station, London

(c) Debbie Smyth 2011. 
Charlie Simpson @ St Pancras Station.   All Rights Reserved.

Last night I was back at St Pancras Station for some more Station Sessions gigs.

Charlie Simpson was on the concourse - and he was brilliant!  He played a half hour set and drew one of the biggest crowds I've seen down there so far - was fun!  Loved his song 'Sundown' (which he dedicated to Steve Jobs of Apple who very sadly recently passed away), a few people in the audience shed a tear at that one - a beautiful song.

Charlie Simpson (c) Debbie Smyth 2011. 
All Rights Reserved
Charlie Simpson (c) Debbie Smyth 2011. 
All Rights Reserved
Charlie Simpson (c) Debbie Smyth 2011.
All Rights Reserved

A night at the Royal Albert Hall

This week I had the pleasure of working with some great people backstage at the Royal Albert Hall for a classical music event ('dream team' you know who you are!).  It's not every day that I get to snap this kinda thing, so it was cool for a change.  I love the Royal Albert Hall - it's a fantastic venue for both watching gigs as well as taking photo's. 

Here's a shot from the night.....
The Royal Albert Hall (c) Debbie Smyth 2011, All Rights Reserved

Also this week I snapped a gig in a car park, which was great fun.  Then a few days later I snapped a band on a tiny little island in the middle of the Thames, which you could only reach by rowing boat - I was a little anxious as camera's and water don't mix!!  It was such a great day and as it was so hot at the end of the shoot the band jumped into the river!!  

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Vintage Trouble @ St Pancras Station, London

Vintage Trouble (c) Debbie Smyth 2011
So when I heard Vintage Trouble were back in town and playing an acoustic set in London's St Pancras station I jumped at the chance to go and snap them.  These guys are amazing live.  

It was a little odd snapping them on a station concourse with lot's of commuters running past to catch their tubes/trains/Eurostar, but hey, I've snapped in weirder locations! 

Vintage Trouble (c) Debbie Smyth 2011
They played a half hour set and drew quite a crowd, who were all shouting for more when it came to an end, but sadly the station security said no more and pulled the plug.  The band were so energetic that you almost forgot it was an acoustic set!!  Brilliant!

Marcus Bonfanti (c) Debbie Smyth 2011

Also performing on the concourse that evening (sounds so weird!) was the very talented and very entertaining Marcus Bonfanti, who went down a storm.

All in all, that's the most fun I've had at St Pancas station, EVER!  



Sunday, 24 July 2011


Such a tragedy.  

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Somerset House Series


Hello again!  

From 7th July - 17th July I was down at Somerset House for the 'Summer Series'. 

This year I worked directly with Somerset House adding a few photo's from each night to their facebook gallery, of which you can see images on the following link: 

µSomerset House Summer Series Gallery

This years line-up included: The Eels, Professor Green, Stornoway, Aloe Blacc, Imelda May, Beady Eye, Blondie, Dionne Bromfield, Hurts, Ellie Goulding, Lamb, My Morning Jacket, Ed Drewitt, Cloud Control, Jesca Hoop, Yasmin, Gaggle, The Knocks, He Who Wishes, Delilah and The Head & the Heart.
Thankfully we were really lucky with the weather this year as it didn't rain once!

It was great to see all the crew down at Somerset House and catch up with many, many friends I haven't seen for a while - and thanks to Somerset House for all the drinks tokens for the VIP bar!

I look forward to next year! 

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Latest News

Hello!  I've not had much time to blog recently, but will try to make an effort to do so more often - have been too busy running around snapping!

Quick update, was at Wembley Stadium a couple of weeks ago covering the Capital Radio Summertime Ball,  lots of fun, lots of running around - and lots and lots of rain!!!  Luckily I was snapping backstage for most of the time, but I did venture out into the rain to snap Jessie J, Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Inglesias & Ne Yo doing their thang.  Here are a few pics from the event: Capital Radio Summertime Ball

This week sees the start of the Somerset House Series which runs from 7-17 July.  It's one of the most beautiful locations for open air gigs in London, set within the historic courtyard (where they have the ice rink in winter).  I love these gigs, I look forward to them every year.

This years line-up includes: The Eels, Professor Green, Stornoway, Aloe Blacc, Imelda May, Beady Eye, Blondie, Hurts, Ellie Goulding, Lamb & My Morning Jacket.

Am currently sitting outside in glorious sunshine - so I'm really hoping it'll stay this way in time for Thursday!!!  pleeeeeease!!!

Will blog again soon - bye! x

Tuesday, 22 March 2011


Was chuffed to find out that one of my Keith Richards pics was used on the cover of 'Guitar Techniques' magazine, December issue. 

Am building up quite a nice collection of Keef covers now - happy days!


Wednesday, 9 March 2011


Darwin Deez fans at KOKO (c) Debbie Smyth, 2011

Darwin Deez was back in London town to play a sold out gig at KOKO, Camden on Thursday.  Support acts were Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (what a great name!) & Rams’ Pocket Radio, from Ireland.  T'was a great show!

A few pics from the night: -

(c) Debbie Smyth, 2011 

Darwin Deez fans at KOKO (c) Debbie Smyth, 2011

..and a few links:    

Wednesday, 2 March 2011


Fans @ KOKO (c) Debbie Smyth 2011

It was a special Øya Festival & Field Day vs Club NME night at KOKO on Friday 25th February, as Not Squares, Lucy Swann and Team Me co-headlined the weekly clubnight.

......check out my pics on the KOKO website:

µ Not Squares, Lucy Swann and Team Me @ Club NME, KOKO (25th Feb)

....and on

....and on KOKO's facebook page:

Friday, 25 February 2011

HMV Next Big Thing 2011 Gigs

This year the hmv's 'Next Big Thing' gigs ran from 4th Feb - 13th Feb.  The line-up was great and there were some fantastic up-and-coming bands playing, who I'm sure we'll be hearing plenty of in the future, and some I'll really look forward to photographing again.

The gigs were held in venues all over London (Barfly, Borderline, Jazz Cafe, the Garage, Heaven) ...

Here are a few pics of some of the bands I covered :

(c)  Debbie Smyth 2011

Pics left to right :  Alice Gold, R.O.M.A.N.C.E., Rival Sons, Wolfgang, Jonathan Jeremiah, Vintage Trouble, The Lines, Clare MaGuire, The Milk, 11 Dirty Bullets, Yellow Wire, Anna Calvi, Funeral Party

My favs were Vintage Trouble (energetic & load's sa fun!), Rival Sons, Funeral Party, Alice Gold, Anna Calvi and R O M A N C E - all very rock 'n' roll - loved them!

Wednesday, 23 February 2011


Neon Trees (c) Debbie Smyth 2011

Friday was an excellent night at Club NME KOKO in Camden.  The Neon Trees were playing (a band I've wanted to photograph for ages!) and the support was a band called Transfer. 

Check out a few of my photo's on KOKO's website: -
µ Neon Trees & Transfer at KOKO, Camden
and also on's website: -
µ Neon Trees & Transfer - NME.COM