Deck the Hall Ball: A Photo Diary

We’re gonna try a little something different this time around. Our fantastic writer, Katrina, will be writing up a post about this year’s Deck The Hall Ball, no question it’ll be funny, quirky and great just like the person who will have written it. I’m feelingĀ  a bit saucy today, and instead of tacking on a huge gallery to the end of her write up, I’m going to do a little diary of my own in pictures and have a smaller gallery to augment it… then we’ll add a few fun shots into Katrina’s post as well. Sound good? Good. Off we go!

Deck the Hall Ball @ Key Arena

Chvrches at Deck the Hall Ball :: Key Arena

Chvrches is a three-piece group from Scotland, and shouts of “I love Scotland” could be heard echoing from the front row as they walked out on stage. Lead singer Lauren Mayberry is the most adorable pixie of a woman that, for some reason, always makes me smile when I see her perform.

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Foals Deck the Hall Ball :: Key Arena

Every year the fans pile in at around 3pm to see a solid lineup of pop music and every year the average age is around 15 (who else can go to a concert starting at 3pm?) Needless to say, they were excited to see Foals. Their set was shorter (to make room for longer sets by headlining bands) but they made an impact regardless.

 

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Lorde Deck the Hall Ball :: Key Arena

Lorde was by far my most anticipated band of the night. I had seen most of the rest of the lineup but, to my befuddlement, I can’t help but like the pop song “Royals”. Not that it isn’t worthy of liking, but I’m not typically caught up in a pop song and immediately start singing it when I come across it on the radio. Not only does she put out catchy tunes, but lord(e)-y does she know how to move herself around that stage. Gorgeous and energetic.

 

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Alt-J Deck the Hall Ball :: Key Arena

To say that I’ve been obsessy with Alt-J over the last six months could be an understatement, but I’ll never admit to it if you ask me. You know how you have those go-to albums you turn on when you just want to hear something you love? Alt-J is one of about three for me. They’re not super exciting to watch, but the lighting for their set was dreamy and backlit so it added a lot of drama. I may have been singing along (under my breath) through the whole thing.

 

The Head & The Heart at Deck the Hall Ball :: Key Arena

The Head & The Heart at Deck the Hall Ball :: Key Arena

I have watched The Head and the Heart go through… a lot. From playing half-full shows at the Tractor Tavern three years ago to sold out events at the Key Arena. It’s interesting, exhilarating and weird. There’s no other word for it… weird just about does it. Seeing them perform in bigger (ok, huge) venues is fabulous but I will hold dear to my heart those nights with maybe 50 other people crowded around at Conor Byrne open mic singing songs together even before they were released. I hope to see their success move forward into a long burn rather than a brilliant light that flashes and fades out quickly.

Phoenix at Deck the Hall Ball :: Key Arena

Phoenix at Deck the Hall Ball :: Key Arena

I will admit fully that I wasn’t sure if I even knew more than one or two songs by Phoenix… basically “lisztomania” came to mind and not much else. I figured it would be fun to shoot and the crowd would be into it (always makes for a fun shoot). As the lights fell and Thomas Mars (lead singer) threw up his hands saying “this isn’t working we’re doing something else” and instead jumped over to the barricade to literally sing into the crowd, I realized I was in for something really good.

 

Vampire Weekend at Deck the Hall Ball :: Key Arena

Vampire Weekend at Deck the Hall Ball :: Key Arena

As I mentioned earlier, the overwhelming age of attendees (at least the ones crammed up against the barricade and close behind) was in the teens, maybe early twenties. As the night wore on the volume of cheers and excitement built up until its crest at the end of the night. As Vampire Weekend hit the stage, there were levels of screams and cries I have only encountered once or twice before. So easily we forget the passion of our youth (if I’d been allowed to go to the New Kids on the Block show when I was 13, I’m 99% sure I would have reacted as they did). So while we may have laughed or smiled in the photo pit at the seeming ridiculousness… a part of us understood and were possibly even jealous of the mania these fans felt. And yes, if you’re curious, the lead singer Ezra Koenig is wearing a pajama set. If only we could all go to work in our pjs!

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