Distortion 2014: Thursday with Red Bull Music Academy

DJ Rafik fires up the crowd

DJ Rafik fires up the crowd

At Distortion festival 2014, the Wednesday was not all that surprisingly followed by a Thursday! The street parties moved from the hood of Nørrebro to Vesterbro, and I was working for Red Bull Music Academy. Now, the street parties are a lot more fun it if doesn’t rain and at 2.30pm it began bucketing down and it lasted almost an hour. Fortunately half an hour before the 1600 hour kickoff, the rain stopped and never did return. Even the weather gods love a good street rave! Armed with two cameras, a bit of self confidence, gel in my hair and the infamous jacket (no sonic screwdriver though) I quickly cruised my bike to the Red Bull stage.

The epic downpour delayed proceedings a bit, giving us time to pose for some serious iphone photography. More importantly, the rain stopped, the sound system was setup, the sun broke out and the street rave could commence.

Ehh guys could you give me a hand here?" Sorry Fergus, we are busy posing!

Ehh guys could you give me a hand here? Sorry Fergus, we are busy posing!

MC Black Daniels tages the stage - definitely danger!

MC Black Daniels tages the stage ready to own the street – definitely danger!

MC Black Daniels - the street was yours.

MC Black Daniels – the street was definitely yours.

MC Black Daniels live feat. Anders Meinhart, Nico de Frost & Alvarado

MC Black Daniels live feat. Anders Meinhart, Nico de Frost & Alvarado

These drumsticks take a proper beating by Anders

These drumsticks take a proper beating by Anders

Anders Meinhart killing some drum skin

Anders Meinhart killing some drum skin

The event was a success and the crowd loved it.

The event was a success and the crowd loved it.

I got the whole world in my sunnies

I got the whole world in my sunnies

Since I am the now the lucky owner of 3 Fuji X cameras I figured I might as well bring a few. Especially as I don’t like changing lenses in a big crowd (I drop them easily enough all by myself). Slung on my right shoulder was my Fuji X-T1 with either the 35mm lens or occasionally the 56mm lens. My left shoulder held my trusty old X-pro1 with the 14mm lens. It’s a bit of luxury with two cameras, but it is a really nice way to cover an event, especially when working alone and I needed to get a variety of shots quickly. It worked perfectly, the Fujis are so small and light weight I find it no problem at all to shoot continuosly for 6 hours with two cameras.

The RBMA street party was a great success, a lot of fun for us all. After a delayed start things picked up quickly, the artists and everyone did a great job and there was a large crowd in front of the stage.

Stay tuned for the Final Party with Red Bull Music Academy. A huge thank you to Red Bull Studios Copenhagen, and Fuji Nordic for lending me the 14mm and 56mm lenses for the job, both of them were used a lot, especially the 14mm lens was perfect for getting shots inside the back of the old truck that served as our DJ booth.

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