World Building: Behind the Scenes of The Minds of 99 ‘Infinity Action’ record-setting tour in 2022
World Building. If you ever played Age of Empires or similar games, you’ll know what I mean. It occurred to be at some point during the tour that this is what the production crew do every day. They arrive at a near-empty venue early morning (night really!) and literally build a world so that 12 hours later the doors can open, fans can enter and the concert can begin. The stage, rigging, lights, screens, speakers, kilometers of cables, amps, computers, podiums, you name it. Think of this, when you go to the venue, pretty much everything you see (apart from the venue itself naturally!) was build in that one day. And as if that wasn’t enough, they have to take it all down again after the show, load it in the trucks and drive to the next venue overnight and maybe catch a few hours sleep and then repeat the whole world building the next morning! I am in awe of all the people that were involved in the production of The Minds of 99 Infinity Action Tour and of course, not all of them are featured in my behind-the-scenes photo essay here – a lot of them do their job before I am even awake! This is a tribute to all the incredible people behind the scenes that make it all happen.
It is humbling and inspirational to be around so many highly skilled people. There is a real sense of family here, a fellowship if you will. And with the whole The Minds of 99 ‘family’, the crew have become friends over the years. Photography, especially documentary photography, can be a somewhat lonely job at times as you are almost always the only one doing that specific job on set and you are an observer, a documentarian. So the gigs, the tours are my office, this is where I meet everyone and feel part of a greater whole. It means so much to be part of a team and I am so grateful to be a part of the ‘Minds family’.
Behind the scenes photo story of the biggest indoor tour in Danish history – The Minds of 99 Infinity Action Tour 2022
The tour was 9 sold out arena concerts in April 2022. 79,000 tickets were sold making it the biggest indoor tour ever in Denmark! It featured an international sized stage production, something like 16 trucks transported the whole ‘world’ from arena to arena in Denmark.
First is a series of stills from the final production rehearsals held on the 2 days just before the first concert on the tour. I love these full production rehearsals with the full light setup but no stage (and crowd of course). It means I can walk around and learn the production and light design and I can make pictures, that I can of course never make during an action concert:
From the production rehearsals we go into the world building on the very first day of the tour:
The tour was an absolute experience of a lifetime, the most exciting project I have done as a music photographer and I feel very lucky to be a small part of this crew and be able to do my thing, documentary music photography! Thank you so much for everyone in ‘the family’!