A blisteringly hot day at Chester Racecourse for the first ever Chester Rocks was definitely a reminder that I need to keep some suncream in my bag when shooting outdoor events! My neck got a lanyard tan/burn from my photo pass, much to the amusement of everyone who saw me the next day.
The whole thing was well organised apart from the security staff ignoring the event management and deciding their own rules: 1. photographers shoot first song only, not the usual three; 2. only six photographers allowed in the pit at any one time; 3. the only access to the pit is on the opposite side of the arena from the media tent, via the crowd; 4. pit exit isn’t through the gate toward the media area because “photographers may try to sneak backstage.”
Honestly, what?! The security relented after the first act to allow more than six photographers in the pit (there were more than 30 in attendance) and eventually allowing us two songs. The pit entry and exit didn’t change until the very last set once the event organisers found out what had been going on!