Category Archives: Event Photography

The Wanch 25th Anniversary CD Launch

(Apologies for not posting anything here in a week.  I’ve been busier than usual lately.)

Last month The Wanch celebrated its 25th anniversary.  The Wanch is a bar just off the corner of Jaffe and Fenwick in Hong Kong’s Wanchai district.  It’s a small bar but a friendly one and presents live music 7 nights a week with no cover charge or minimum.  These days the bar features mostly cover bands, many of them consisting of ex-pats who have office jobs during the day and are living out their rock ‘n roll fantasies at night.  They also get the occasional celebrity “drop-in” – I’m told Slash jammed there following his most recent Hong Kong concert appearance.

The Wanch did a week of special themed nights to celebrate this occasion and I was hired to be the official photographer for two of those nights.  As part of the assignment, I was asked to get photos of the audience enjoying themselves as well as shots of all the musicians.

Friday, October 19, 2012, was the launch of their latest compilation CD, featuring songs from 20 Hong Kong bands.   Musicians appearing that night included Dave Colquhoun, The Delfino Trio, The Sleeves and a reunion of legendary HK bar band The Bastards.

The Bastards were especially impressive.  Although they were performing mostly covers, lead singer Dan James threw himself headfirst into every song, singing as if his life depended on it.  You may think this is mere hyperbole but I’m serious when I say I’ve never seen anything quite like it in Hong Kong.

I posted a few photos from this show previously, here are some more.

Here’s Brandon Delfino:

And some shots of The Bastards (maybe one or two repeats from the previous post).

And here’s a few of the audience shots:

(There’s a much larger gallery of pictures from this night up on Facebook.)  Although I was on my feet and shooting for about 7 hours, I honestly enjoyed every minute of this.

If you’d like to hire me to shoot your band or event, just drop an email to spike at spikesphotos dot com.



Xperience Live 12

The good folks from Underground host a monthly series of shows at Xperience Bar in Wanchai called, not surprisingly, Xperience Live.  This past Saturday night was the 12th in the series and I was there as the official photographer for the event.  Five bands, no cover charge, a great time was had by all I’m sure.

(Please allow time for the slideshows to load!)

First up was The Weathering.


The second band on the bill was Ka Likha.  If they look familiar to you, it might be because I shot them for Underground at the Hard Rock Cafe in July.


Up third was the band that played my favorite set of the night, The Sleeves.


The fourth band was Hong Kong street punk band Defiant Scum.


There was a last minute addition to the bill, Japanese band Seattle Standard Cafe.


As always, as part of my job, I’m asked to get some shots of Chris B on stage and also shots of happy audience members holding up a sponsor’s sticker.  Here are some of those.


I hope you enjoy the photos and hope to see you at a future Underground event!



Underground 103

Underground is Hong Kong’s longest running series of shows featuring new and original bands.  The Underground production team is led by my friend Chris B.  Chris asked me to step in as official photographer for Underground 103, held on July 28, 2012 at Hong Kong’s Hard Rock Cafe in Lan Kwai Fong.  My job that night was not only to capture the four bands that were playing but to also get shots of audience members holding up an Underground sticker and looking happy.  Here are a few of my shots from that evening – I’ve uploaded the entire set to Flickr.

The opening act was Clementine is My Sunshine, a young guy with a very nice voice and an intriguing selection of covers as well as some original songs.

Next on the bill was a lively trio called Kestrels & Kites.

Next on the bill was a group called Ka Likha, a multi-cultural ensemble performing their own world-folk-rock fusion.

The final act of the evening was Brothers of Roadkill, a piano-bass-drums trio that started their set with a slowed down Guns ‘N Roses cover.

Here are a few of my audience photos.

It was a fun night, as the Underground shows always are, and I had a great time shooting this event.  You can see more photos from the night over at Flickr.  And please keep in mind, I’m available for shooting bands, concerts and club dates and many other types of events.