Heat And Chaos

One summer I photographed Livid in Brisbane, the “three songs, no flash” rule left me looking for stuff to shoot. The crowd was the obvious subject. The first twenty meters from the stage was a seething mass of semi naked humanity that at regular intervals ejected its members over the barrier and into the arms of the waiting security. Looking back at these pictures, given that they are nearly twenty years on it seems a simpler time- no phones and everyone getting on with it. It was the late nineties and grunge was beginning to wind down, piercings were in and everyone was going to the big festivals.

The heat was taking its toll throughout the day, in the pit we had access to free drinks backstage but the punters were suffering big time- security was pulling heat effected kids out all day and some were in a pretty serious condition. As the day wore on the crowd got bigger, drunker and more boisterous but manged to keep it together, avoiding any major violence.

I remember it being way wilder than Sydney Big Day Out or individual gigs I shot of the bands at the time but I guess Brisbane has something to do with that.

The kids in these pictures would be in their thirties now- if you see yourself in them drop me an email.

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