Gig Photography Workshop

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Mark McNulty: Gig Photography Workshop


Mark McNulty has a long-standing reputation for his outstanding music and gig photography. He has spent 7 years as the official O2 Academy photographer and shot festivals such as Liverpool Sound City, SXSW, Creamfields and V festival.

Mark’s journey started off a long time ago, photographing ravers in darkened basements but these days he’s more likely to be found in concert halls photographing bands and orchestras.

He has been commissioned to shoot numerous magazine and record covers, ad campaigns for agencies and marketing photography for clients as diverse as tv companies, museums, tourism agencies, political parties, hospitals, music festivals, arts organisations and various brands. He works either in a very fly on the wall reportage style way or as part of a team with art directors on carefully constructed shoots. (

In a unique Northern Eye Festival opportunity, we are thrilled to be able to offer this rare chance for a small group of people with an interest in music and gig photography to train with Mark in music, gig, festival and storytelling techniques.

For these workshops we are delighted to be partnering with local festival organisers Gorjys Secrets to offer a live ‘on the job’ training event.

Gorjys Secrets is now in it’s second year, it is a beautiful day of music and festivities in the stunning Caer Rhun Hall country manor house estate, North Wales. It showcases some of the finest singer songwriters from around Wales and the UK and brings a seldom seen musical lineup to the heart of the Conwy valley, Gorjys Secrets blends musicians with premium artisans.

You will join Mark on Saturday 16 September for a sumptuous offering of hand picked musical treats, comedy and gourmet food stalls in the gardens of Caer Rhun Hall. Your edited photographs will be displayed as part of the Northern Eye Festival in October.

As numbers for this workshop will be limited and we envisage this being a popular event there will be a selection process in place to ensure people have the relevant camera skills. This workshop is geared towards tips and best practice for music photography and time unfortunately does not allow us to also teach basic camera skills on this occasion.



Workshops will be held over a few days and you will need to be available to commit to each of the two dates listed below:

Saturday 9th September: Meet Mark at Oriel Colwyn for a workshop to investigate camera techniques, best settings, story telling and documentary skills.

Saturday 16th September: Meet mark at Gorjys Secrets to shoot the festival using tips and techniques learnt during the previous weeks tutorial.

Selections will need to be edited within the next week with your images submitted by Monday 25 September for printing and inclusion within your own group show within the Northern Eye Festival (9th – 21st October)

If you would like to be considered as one of the workshop participants please email a selection of 5 of your recent photographs along with a paragraph of text to explain why you would like this opportunity to (recent photographs will be used to ensure you are at a level appropriate to the workshop and do not necessarily need to be related to music photography)


Submission Deadline: 5pm Thursday 31st August.

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 1st September.


There will be a total cost of £50 for each successful applicant (payable on successful acceptance). This covers both the Oriel Colwyn workshop on the 9th September along with entry to Gorjys Festival and  the workshop on the 16th September. It also covers the printing of your images for exhibition display. (You will be responsible for your own transport arrangements and any other associated costs)


Northern Eye Festival would like to thank our partners Gorjys Secrets for making this workshop possible.


Diana Ross, live at Liverpool’s Summer Pops at the Echo Arena in 2008. © Mark McNulty

Paul Weller © Marc McNulty