Sonisphere: Mastodon

Mastodon at Sonisphere 2012 in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland (live concert photo by professional rock photographer Katrin Bretscher)

Mastodon rock Sonisphere 2012 in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland

So far, my review of Sonisphere 2012 in Switzerland has consisted of concert photographer’s woes, and concerns about paying fans’s experience regarding weather, ticket and beer prices, and whether they would need binoculars to actually see the stage. How about the music? Well, with Mastodon’s set, much to the band’s chagrin, it got worse.

Sonisphere festival 2012 in Yverdon-les-Bains with Mastodon (photo by professional music photographer Katrin Bretscher)

Mastodon on stage at Sonisphere 2012

I don’t know if they allowed Britney Spears’s mother backstage (she famously was banned from there after accidentally tripping over a cable and interrupting the playback, back when that was bigger news than her daughters non-music related actions). I don’t know why or how such a thing can happen if you have tons of experience setting up huge stages for the Metallicas, Madonnas, and Rolling Stones of this world. But Mastodon, playing on the stage where Metallica were set to play a couple of hours later, had massivest sound problems. And by that I don’t mean nitpicky “the bass was a bit heavy during this and that song”. I mean that the sound just went completely on and off all the effing time while you basically could watch the band miming their way through the set. It was bad. Or probably just Sonisphere luck. And I really felt for the band, because they actually played great (the bits that you could hear). A fellow photographer said to me on the way home that he was gonna pick Troy Sanders’ quote (“We’re getting fucked here!”) as the title for his review. I’m kinda sad to say that I can’t blame him.

Mastodon's Troy Sanders on stage at Sonisphere 2012 in Yverdon-les-Bains (photo by professional rock photographer Katrin Bretscher from Zurich, Switzerland)

Troy Sanders of Mastodon live at Sonisphere 2012 in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland

About katrin

i'm a professional photographer specialising in live concert, band, portrait, and other music and stage related photography. i'm based in zurich, switzerland, and available to go on tour, for one-off shows, or taking photos for you on location and in the studio.
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