Ibiza, August 2016

A week spent in Ibiza, the third largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, known worldwide for its influence on nightlife and club music. I stayed in the eastern town of Santa Eularia, but travelled most days into Ibiza Town (Eivissa). Pictured below are Ibiza’s Dalt Vila (Upper Town), hotel resort Destino, and Pacha nightclub.

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West Ham’s first match at the Olympic Stadium

West Ham beat Slovenia’s NK Domzale 3-0 in a Europa League qualifier – the first game since the club moved from Upton Park to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

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Walking to the stadium via Westfield Stratford shopping centre
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Coverage in the London Evening Standard
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Unofficial merchandise in the Olympic Park
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The outside of the stadium, now with West Ham colours and imagery
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Open-air concourse
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View from the concourse
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Inside the Olympic Stadium, now with a slightly reduced capacity and designed for football
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View from the stadium towards London
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View of the stadium from the press box, with the Orbit tower in the background
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Inside the stadium, looking towards the new Bobby Moore Stand
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The stadium clears after the match

Coldplay in London and Manchester

Pictures from two dates on Coldplay’s stadium tour in support of sixth album A Head Full of Dreams. Support from Lianne La Havas (both nights) and Reef (Wembley only).

Etihad Stadium, Manchester, 4 June 2016. More on Flickr.

Wembley Stadium, London, 19 June 2016.

Berlin, Germany

A short city break to German capital Berlin to see the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz TV tower, Jewish Museum, East Side Gallery of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, KaDeWe, Bundestag, and Olympiastadion for Hertha BSC v Schalke 04.

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Fernsehturm, Alexanderplatz
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Brandenburg Gate
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Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
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Ostkurve, Olympiastadion
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East Side Gallery
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Besselstraße
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Berlin Cathedral
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Protest at Brandenburg Gate
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East Side Gallery
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Reichstag
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Checkpoint Charlie
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KaDeWe
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Jewish Museum
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Hertha BSC scarves

NME Awards 2016, Brixton

I bought some tickets for the cheap seats upstairs for the NME awards. Coldplay picked up the Godlike Genius award and played a short set. There was also a song from Foals, a tribute to David Bowie, an appearance from Yoko Ono – and the singer from Bring Me The Horizon ended up standing on some tables.

Schalke 04 and OH Leuven via Brussels

Trip to Brussels with a detour on a quiet day to see some German football. It being a Friday night, the one match taking place was Schalke 04 v Hannover 96 in Gelsenkirchen – some 160 miles away. The enclosed, indoor stadium feels like it would have a capacity of around 50,000, but thanks to the standing terrace at one end the attendance was 61,646. Schalke 04 won 3-1. The atmosphere throughout the match was impressive, especially from the visiting Hannover fans and the home supporters behind the goal at the opposite end.

The next day we headed back to Brussels and took in another game in nearby Leuven. Oud-Heverlee Leuven are the minnows of the Belgian Pro League, but they managed to record a 5-1 win over fellow relegation prospects KVC Westerlo.

Schalke 04 vs Hannover 96

Oud-Heverlee Leuven vs KVC Westerlo

U2 at the O2 Arena, London

Photos from the second of U2’s six-night stint at London’s O2 Arena. Despite a huge screen running the length of the arena, for a band of this size these shows have been thought of as almost intimate. ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ was the unquestionable highlight and Noel Gallagher came out at the end for ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’.

Editors at Hammersmith Apollo, London

Editors took to the Hammersmith Apollo stage on Tuesday, as part of their tour for fifth album In Dream. The band had to take a 25 minute break in the middle while technicians tackled sound problems that seemed to be coming from the speaker for Russell Leetch’s bass. Visibly frustrated, Tom Smith held up a sign saying ‘We’re so sorry’, but the band pushed through and only had to drop one song (Bricks and Mortar) before the 11pm curfew.

New song Salvation was a highlight, though the fans will need a bit longer to get to grips with the whole album, which sees the band shift from away from guitars and embrace dance and electronic. Support came from engaging (and appropriately-billed) Glaswegian miserablists The Twilight Sad.

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Acoustic version of Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors

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Latitude Festival 2015

My first visit to Latitude festival in Suffolk, a rather more laid-back experience than Glastonbury. Highlight of the weekend was Porishead’s headline set on Saturday night, which included a special and unexpected appearance from Thom Yorke on ‘The Rip’.

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Glastonbury Festival 2015

Photos from Glastonbury 2015, headlined by Florence and the Machine, Kanye West and The Who. Highlight of the festival goes to Suede’s brilliantly energetic set on the John Peel stage on the Saturday night.

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Sunset
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Tim Burgess, The Charlatans
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Ross Jarman and Gary Jarman, The Cribs
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Ryan Jarman, The Cribs
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Ryan Jarman, The Cribs
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Pussy Riot at the Left Field
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Maria Alyokhina, Pussy Riot
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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Pussy Riot
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Doug Castle, Peace
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Pyramid Stage
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The Libertines
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Pete Doherty, The Libertines
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Childhood
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View towards The Park
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Pyramid field
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Pyramid crowd during Pharrell Williams
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Brett Anderson, Suede
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The Who

Let’s Stay Together rally, Trafalgar Square, London

The Let’s Stay Together campaign, organised by historian Dan Snow and comedian Eddie Izzard, held a rally in Trafalgar Square supporting the ‘United’ Kingdom in light of the threat of a Yes vote in the upcoming Scottish independence referendum on Thursday. The (reportedly) 5,000 in attendance waved both Union flags and Saltires and listened to speeches by Snow and Izzard, as well as Sir Bob Geldof and Al Murray. Larger images on Flickr.

Hitch-hiking in eastern Europe: Black Sea coast, Sofia and Budapest

Memorable trip hitch-hiking across eastern Europe: from Sunny Beach on Bulgaria’s Black Sea Coast, to Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

Sunny Beach and Nesebar

Travelling towards Plovdiv and Sofia

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Travelling through Serbia towards Hungary

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