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Rough Diamond

Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 24 August 2013 in Lifestyle & Culture.

When I first started going to festivals in 1973 (Reading Rock and Blues Festival, Rory Gallagher, The Faces and Genesis were the 3 headline acts) Chaos, oppressive policing, and injury were the norm. Stage times were notional, with acts commonly going on late, and it was about survival with a touch of fun whilst you struggled to see your favourite band.

Things have changed dramatically these days with organisation taking the place of chaos, security understanding that they have a job to do which is best done with a smile, and nano-second accuracy in when the acts go on.
This incredibly complex set for King Diamond took less than 40 minutes to erect, and it was all done with military precision.

A pity then, that this headliner was absolutely rubbish-some things still aren't guaranteed, it seems.

That's the end of the Bloodstock series

OLYMPUS E-P5 1/50 second F/4.0 ISO 4000 200 mm (35mm equiv.)

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Great shot. Love all the blue light in it.

24 Aug 2013 5:54am

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

It's behind you! Looks more panto than Rock.

24 Aug 2013 6:28am

Bruno FROMENTIERE from Planète Terre, Europe, France

Very nice capture !

24 Aug 2013 6:30am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Pity about the performance but the set looks incredible, superb capture Chris

24 Aug 2013 6:41am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Aciiiiiiiiiid; cool capture sorry the dude wasn't that good but another day:)

24 Aug 2013 7:21am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

The times pass and this merry carefreeness which we were lucky enough to know is not any more !! A very beautiful photo with superb color !

24 Aug 2013 8:16am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Incredible looking stage set, I feel I can see a hologram of Gandalf the Grey hovering on the right hand side. Love the instant hit of colour.

24 Aug 2013 9:06am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Is the cage to keep you out or them in? :) Great frame

24 Aug 2013 9:08am

Philip from London, United Kingdom

well, that's subtle!

24 Aug 2013 9:34am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendide décor, magnfique lumière. Bonne journée.

24 Aug 2013 9:55am

Devi from Chennai, India

Scintillating finale to this wonderful series with beautiful narration....

24 Aug 2013 12:13pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Outstanding Sir!

24 Aug 2013 12:59pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot with fantastic lighting. The blue overcast is pervasive.

24 Aug 2013 2:29pm

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

What a tremendous stage !

24 Aug 2013 4:18pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle lumière et iamge sueprbe vue et captage merveilleux.

24 Aug 2013 6:09pm

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Great set and blue lighting

24 Aug 2013 8:00pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

I totally love that! It's superb, moody and excellent!

24 Aug 2013 8:42pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Wow - that is an amazing stage and so interesting to read about it. You are right, you cannot guarantee the best show from the fabulous stagesets. Maybe all their creative juices were used up on designing the stageset;)))

24 Aug 2013 9:07pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
so beautiful frame, tones, lights & atmosphere!
A M A Z I N G !!!!

24 Aug 2013 9:14pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


24 Aug 2013 11:01pm

L'angevine from Angers, France

superbe spectacle

25 Aug 2013 10:55am

franz from Baden, Austria

love this ethereal blue universe and the ultra-sharp rendition ... too bad the act itself was a disappointmen, though!

26 Aug 2013 9:23am

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