Photographing My First Live Band – Citizen

On Friday, 24 April 2015 I had the opportunity to photograph a band I discovered through Neil Westfall called Citizen, some of you may know him as the guitarist of A Day To Remember. He posted on Instagram some time last year that he was listening to them and I was intrigued by who this band were. On first listen I was hooked, there was something about Citizen’s lyrics that felt familiar like they were some what singing things that I had experienced. I listen to a lot of music and am in love with so many musicians but hearing Citizen felt different. Maybe it was just that time of the year where there was a bit of a slump in music, and this was my pick me up. What ever it was I immediately wanted to hear every song these guys had released after first listen.

This is why it was such a pleasure to be able to photograph at The Brightside, Brisbane on Friday. Honestly I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, I go to concerts all the time but Citizen’s show was insane. The Brightside’s a small venue as it is so it filled up very quickly and then Citizen came on the stage and their fans went crazy. Once the moshing starts you know what’s next to come, crowd surfing, and it didn’t stop the whole show. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared for my camera’s life, but we survived.

Citizen put on an incredible show and you could tell they were having a really good time. If their Brisbane 18+ show says anything about their fans here in Australia, it’s that we love them and what they’re doing and can not wait for them to come back.

Today 27th April 2015, Citizen announced the release of their 2nd Full Length Album, “Everybody Is Going To Heaven”. Released on June 23rd via Run For Cover Records.

To find out more about Citizen check out –

More Photo’s from the night in ‘Live Music Photography’ tab

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