At a certain phase of my photography journey, I used to shoot a lot of live music performances. I found it rewarding to enhance listening to some of my favourite bands and musicians by the attempts to capture some worthy visual representations. At first I was just carting my camera along as I attended the gigs, and later I partnered with some friendly (usually web-based) publications and shot some reportage for them in exchange for accreditation at this or that festival (never did anything important enough to undercut the job market in that area, which didn't really even exist at the time in Russia). Sometimes I mixed both of the worlds - went to a gig on my own penny but got press access in exchange for some pics of the headliners, etc.
Some friends were wondering if trying to capture the moment detracts from the actual performance, but I have never found that to be a problem. I even found that perhaps the reverse is true - to capture a moment, you need to really tune in to what's going on, and look at it and feel everything at another level of detail and sensitivity.
This starting picture (I hope to share a few of my favourites) was taken at a big ATP (All Tomorrows Parties) event in Minehead, UK in 2007, headlined by Portishead, a band I dearly like, who at that point didn't give any public gigs for almost 10 years. When I learned about it almost a year in advance, I panicked that tickets will be sold out and bought myself one in February (the festival itself was in December). I then almost shot myself in the foot by requesting a 6-months UK visa too early (it would have ran out before I even flew there :) ), but was saved by sympathetic UK consular official - at that point visas were actually processed in UK consulate in St.Petersburg.
So, Portishead and of course Beth Gibbons front and center.