I've seen the Whigs on a few occasions, but their performance opening up for the Kings of Leon was by far their biggest yet. Not only that, but I dare say that the Athens-based band put on the most photogenic set of the night.
The last time I shot the Whigs, they opened for the Kooks and put on a fantastic set. This was a pretty quick and relatively easy shoot in some regards, but like all live music photography, not without its challenges.
The production for the Whigs was great overall, with a nice mix of white light and uplighting for accents.
The challenges came into play with the very energetic playing style of the band themselves, as well as their relatively distant positions from the front of the stage.
Due to the height of the stage and the band being set up a meter or so from the edge of the stage (with monitors and uplights lining the front), sightlines were slightly limited for the Whigs. But thanks to nice lighting and the band's own energy, this shoot was still a pleasure compared to Kings of Leon's set later on in the evening.
Want to see how the Whigs' treatment compared to Kings of Leon? Check out images from the headliners here and see for yourself: