Preview: Shout About It Live
Bringing together music and gig photography, Shout About It Live returns for its second year in the Baltic Triangle this weekend.
Shout About It Live made its debut in 2017, a not for profit hybrid festival that brings live music and an exhibition of gig photography.
It returns this weekend, with a whole host of local favourites such as Idle Frets, Eleanor Nelly, M.A.N.E, Natalie McCool and Scarlet, as well as an eclectic mix of new music coming from all around the UK, including headliners Rews and festival favourites Himalayas, Vistas and Tom Speight.
There are also musicians coming from as far afield as Canada’s Novusolis and Los Angeles’ Melinda Ortner.
But what sets Shout About It Live apart is the exhibition of gig photography, from photographers around the world including Tokyo and Ireland. It provides an inspirational space for photographers – amateurs and professionals alike – to capture the excitement of a live show, and to share their knowledge and expertise with others.
The festival is the brainchild of Georgia Flynn who set up Shout About It in 2017. As a freelance photographer herself, Flynn aims to create a platform for photographers, creatives and musicians to showcase their work and build contacts across the industry:
“Shout About It Live creates a space for creatives within the music industry, bands, artists, fans and all those behind the scenes to come together and celebrate all aspects of live music,” Flynn says. “The line-up for 2018 is really exciting as we’ve been able to attract more acts, more photographers and more excitement about the event than ever before.”
Georgia Flynn’s first photography gig was Loyle Carner at 24 Kitchen St, and in just three years she found herself photographing Taylor Swift at Manchester’s Ethiad Stadium. “It’s not about having the best equipment or the most expensive camera,” she says. “Use what you have even if you’re intimidated by the competition. I still don’t have a lot of kit because it’s damn expensive. I’ve never felt more intimidated than standing in a room that was 70% male and everyone had a lens that was the same size as my arm. But I stepped into that stadium, got the shots I wanted of Taylor and had the best damn time shooting!”
Flynn decided she wanted to do something to bring the local photographers together, for them to share their work and learn from each other – “Just ‘shout about’ what they do”.
She started Shout About It as an Instagram profile where she would post gig photography from different people. The interest started to grow, and she created the Community Interest Company Shout About It Productions, launching the hybrid festival at District in 2017.
“The reaction from creatives was incredible,” she says. “I can’t tell you how awesome it was to see bands and photographers coming together and really appreciating each other’s work. Every gig photographer needs live music and every artist needs photographs. Just think about a world where we don’t have those iconic images of The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix playing live.”
In the last year, the community has grown, with Shout About It even making its way overseas. It was all leading to the main 2018 event, taking over the much larger Constellations space.
“This year we have doubled everything,” she says excitedly. “The size of the venue, the amount of photographers, the line-up and we’ve even added an extra day.”
The event is as much fun for music lovers as it is photographers, with Iain Morley of The Buffalo Riot – who were on the bill in 2017 and returns for 2018 – raving; “Fantastically organised, branded and innovative. Supporting multiple cultural artistry in a format that is accessible to the public. The vibe, bands and overall feel was friendly and well thought out. Georgia and her team will definitely be around for years to come as a well-established part of the Liverpool arts, culture, music and festival scene. As if we weren’t spoiled already, a young talented photographer comes along to push the envelope.”
Shout About It Live launches on Friday 17th August 2018 with a free networking event at Constellations, before the main festival between Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August at the same venue. Tickets are available by clicking here.