IN FOCUS// A Photographic Review of 2019

IN FOCUS// FOO FIGHTERS @ BELFAST VITAL 2019, Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast 10
© Bernie McAllister

It’s the end of a decade so we here at XS Noize wanted to take a look back at 2019 and what made it special photographically. With work curated carefully from our team of photographers, including Bernie McAllister, Clair McAllister and our photo editor Conor Kinahan, in no particular order, we present to you our top 10 shots of 2019.

#1 Foo Fighters – Belfast Vital 2019 – Bernie McAllister

IN FOCUS// FOO FIGHTERS @ BELFAST VITAL 2019, Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast 11
© Bernie McAllister

When Seattle Rock Legends, Foo Fighters, Took to the stage at Belfast Vital, Bernie McAllister ensured that the raw energy of the night was captured, with Dave Grohl and the boy’s giving a red-hot performance. It’s a wonder her sensor wasn’t glowing afterwards!

#2 We Are Scientists – Manchester Ritz – Clair McAllister 

© Clair McAllister
© Clair McAllister

When Indie Rockers We Are Scientists held the Manchester Ritz under their spell with their infectious post-punk revival sound and charm. Veteran XS Noize Photographer Clair McAllister did what she does best, showing the human side of the artist through her stunning candid shots, alongside her fish-eye shots that truly emphasise that while they may have a cult following. This cult has too many members to count!

 #3 – Slam Dunk 2019 Coverage – Clair McAllister 

IN FOCUS// Slam Dunk Festival, Leeds and Hatfield 6
© Clair McAllister

With Slam Dunk becoming one of the nation’s must-attend festivals, and attendance numbers showing crowds over the 45,000 mark in 2018. Clair McAllister was on hand capturing the moments that made Slam Dunk 2019 special. From the moments of sheer exhaustion when an artist’s passion was spent on the interactions that last for a split second. Her skilled eye caught those moments that will forever represent the spirit of Slam Dunk.

#4 – Frank Turner – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – Clair McAllister

IN FOCUS// Frank Turner @ King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, Scotland 8
© Clair McAllister

A rare glimpse backstage with the former Million Dead vocalist during his acoustic intimate set at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. With a number of stunning Black and White Portraits and Live Shots by Clair McAllister, yet another example of her keen eye, and shots loved by many on the XS Noize Staff, and Readers alike.

#5 – The Divine Comedy – Ulster Hall, Belfast – Bernie McAllister

IN FOCUS// The Divine Comedy @ Belfast, Ulster Hall, 7th October
© Bernie McAllister

With his stunning retro suit that is reminiscent of the BBC Test Patterns of Old, Neil Hannon of the Divine Comedy was snapped during his Ulster Hall Date by Bernie McAllister,

#6 Ricky Warwick – Limelight Belfast – Conor Kinahan

INTERVIEW: RICKY WARWICK on new BLACK STAR RIDERS album - "We wanted to shake things up a bit" 2
© Conor Kinahan

Taken during the promotional tour for Black Star Riders album A State of Grace. Conor Kinahan turned the guest lounge of the Limelight Belfast into a photo studio for 15 minutes to capture a wide variety of shots of Guitarist and Vocalist Ricky Warwick with his acoustic signed by the Legendary Lemmy of Motorhead among others.

#7 – Inhaler – Voodoo Belfast – Bernie McAllister

IN FOCUS// Inhaler @ Voodoo, Belfast, 28th Sept 2019 5
© Bernie McAllister

When a band fronted by U2 Superstar Bono’s Progeny rolls into Belfast, you make sure you’re there. Without a doubt, one of the most intense, under the radar show’s to hit Belfast in year’s, these images by Bernie McAllister will be a memento to say “I was there” when this future star blows up in the near future!

#8 Lewis Capaldi – Ulster Hall, Belfast – Conor Kinahan

IN FOCUS// A Photographic Review of 2019
© Conor Kinahan

One of the sleeper hit’s of the decade, Lewis Capaldi during his Ulster Hall appearance, taken during a particularly passionate and intense chorus, the spotlight, the Black and White, gave us chills.

#9 The Coronas – CHSq 2019 – Conor Kinahan

IN FOCUS: The Coronas + Tom Odell and Roe @ CHSq 2019, Custom House Square, Belfast 5
© Conor Kinahan

Hail, Rain, and I doubt even snow would have stopped the Dublin lads from performing at CHSq. The energy radiating from them on the night is on that you will see throughout their performances always ready to give the fan’s what they want.

When Vocalist Danny O’Reilly jumped into the pit, and started taking selfies with fan’s you could see why he’s loved in not only the nation but the world over, with nothing but smiles and singalongs, an unforgettable experience.

#10 – Snow Patrol Reworked Tour – Waterfront Hall, Belfast – Conor Kinahan

IN FOCUS// A Photographic Review of 2019
© Conor Kinahan

With a rescheduled date due to an unfortunate illness, Northern Ireland Legends Snow Patrol more than made up for the date change with a set that was rich with banter and emotional tales. And when they say reworked, they really meant it, set of tracks that whilst familiar felt like a voyage of rediscovery for the band.

To see more of our incredible photography teams work as they continue in 2020 you can find them at the following:


Conor Kinahan

Bernie McAllister 

Clair McAllister

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With a camera in his hand from an early age and a veteran photo journalist in the UK and Irish music scene, Conor is the senior photographer for XS Noize.

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