Jello Biafra: punk deliverance

Jello Biafra: punk deliverance

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine played a rare intimate show at Dingwalls in London on 12 August 2013.

The punk legend and former Dead Kennedys frontman had headlined a festival in the stately ballroom of the Winter Gardens in Blackpool the night before, throwing this tiny, canal-side show in Camden into huge contrast. For the legion of fans who packed out the venue, this chance to be up close and personal was a fantastic coup.

Biafra delivers not just music but outspoken politics, social comment and a call to get informed and involved in the issues of today. An inspiring and controversial figure throughout his career, he remains a very entertaining performer – this gig included four costume changes, extravagant mime expressions and even crowd-surfing. His exuberant new band did full justice to reworkings of the odd classic and bringing out the full weight and power of the new songs.

Being able to shoot such a dynamic artist at close range is very exciting – as is trying to shoot whilst all around you mosh!

I was reviewing and shooting the gig for Rockshot – the full feature and collection of photos from the show can be found here: www.rockshot.co.uk/dir/8381/live-review-jello-biafra-dingwalls/

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