Classic Rock Show, Lowry Theatre January 2019

I have always been a fan of rock music, not too heavy, not too metallic, but the classics. Bands such as Queen, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin and Dire Straits just to name a few are never far away on my iPod. The 80’s were where my musical tastes were firmly established.


In January 2018 I stumbled across a video on youtube, It was a band made up of session musicians who had all come together to create the Classic Rock Show, fronted up by legendary guitarist Howie G. A bit more research and I discovered that they were playing at the Lowry Theatre in the next couple of weeks. What a fantastic night. Anyhow, roll on 12 months and thanks to Andy Kettle at CMP Live I ended up with a photo pass to get up close and personal and take some photographs of the band in action in 2019

Full stage and crowd shot

Full stage and crowd shot

This was high energy from the start. Opening the show with Zep’s Whole Lotta Love. Chris Ousey on vocals and Wayne Banks’s thundering bass line had the crowd up on their feet instantly. They kept the energy going be sliding straight into the Eagles’ One of these nights.



Howie G - All Along the Watchtower



The hits kept coming one after the other, and being positioned down at the front, I was grateful to have remembered my foam ear protection. Above is Howie G playing my favourite from the night. It’s a bit of a mouthful as it is a cover version of Jimi Hendrix’s All Along the Watchtower written of course by Bob Dylan. I’ve never been a huge fan of this song, but I have never heard such an amazing sound come from a Fender Stratocaster like on this version. Video It’s safe to say its a firm favourite now!

Making it scream!

Making it scream!

The other lead guitarist is Jimmy Cole. When he is not playing guitar, he is a bit of a racing driver and has competed in several disciplines. Here’s a link to an interview with him - Interview

Catching flies mid solo!

Catching flies mid solo!

The band have a pool of very talented musicians, and often feature guest vocalists. Tonight we were treated to some stunning performances by Jess Harwood, lead singer of Fleetwood Mac tribute band - Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

Jess Harwood performing one of Fleetwood Mac’s greatest tracks.

Jess Harwood performing one of Fleetwood Mac’s greatest tracks.


Here’s a few more images from the show. It is absolutely one of the best concerts i have been to and I am already looking forward to them touring in 2020!



All images by Heaton-photography.co.uk for more information on the band, future tours, video clips and more, please visit their official site here

Royal International Air Tattoo

logo courtesy of RAFCTE

logo courtesy of RAFCTE

Every year I donate 6 days of my time to travel down to RAF Fairford in Gloucester to volunteer at the world’s largest airshow. I work within a small team of 6 photographers who record not only the amazing aerobatic displays, but also the stories on the ground.

I do this to support the work of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust Enterprise. A charity who provide support and opportunities to young people, and encourage development with regards to STEM.

image courtesy of RAFCTE

image courtesy of RAFCTE



My images are used for internal and external promotion of the charity, and also within the Souvenir programme which is sold at the show. 2018 was a very special year as it was celebrating the centenary of the Royal Air Force.

Special RAF 100 tail on the Typhoon display aircraft.

Special RAF 100 tail on the Typhoon display aircraft.

The above image was taken at night, once everyone had gone home and the airfield had become silent for a few hours.

There are over 3,500 volunteers who keep the airshow moving, some RAF and MOD personnel, and many civilians. One of my job whilst i’m there is to take team photos for each of the different departments.

Me holding the RAF 100 ceremonial baton.

Me holding the RAF 100 ceremonial baton.

One of the highlights this year was me being asked to photograph the visit of HRH Prince Michael of Kent as he inspected some of the visiting aircraft.

HRH Prince Michael of Kent

HRH Prince Michael of Kent

Here are a few more images from this year’s event.

F-35A from the UASF

F-35A from the UASF

Royal Canadian Air Force F-18

Royal Canadian Air Force F-18

A Danish F-16

A Danish F-16

French Dassault Rafale - in stunning colours.

French Dassault Rafale - in stunning colours.