“Af­ter a 10- hour flight to Ban­ga­lore and an hour-long taxi ride to the ho­tel, I checked in at 6am, then walked straight back out into 40- de­gree heat to scout for lo­ca­tions for a shoot that was due to start five hours later. It was sen­sory over­load. Poverty, wealth, stray dogs and com­merce ev­ery­where. Ul­ti­mately you have to strip all of that out of your mind and suss out how to pho­to­graph your band in the midst of all this, to have it all make sense and do jus­tice to both the story of Wolf Alice and the peo­ple who live here that are star­ing at you eye­ing up their shop front, their street or home as a pos­si­ble magazine cover. You have to do it right. The shot above was taken at the band’s show in Ban­ga­lore. Ev­ery­thing builds to the gig. The travel, the ho­tels, the air­ports and the end­less wait­ing. And in a mo­ment, it’s over. Two days later I was driv­ing up the M6 to shoot the sec­ond half of the fea­ture in Manch­ester, ev­ery­one jet-lagged but smil­ing. In a mir­ror of re­cent days, we walk the city’s streets, sit back­stage and then show­time. I was gut­ted when it was all over.”

Bare-naked am­bi­tion: Wolf Alice back­stage at Ban­ga­lore’s Back­doors fes­ti­val.

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