I’m Here to Help You Survive!
Hey there! I’m Leslie Nelson, aka the Wembley Survival Tour Guide. You might say “survival” is too strong a word. However, if you read any concert-goer’s commentary regarding Wembley Arena, many of them will tell you that they’re thankful they survived their concert in Wembley the way they want it.
So What Are You Up To?
This is my Wembley-oriented blog. I’m actually a concert photographer at heart. If you think that reserved photographer pit in concerts are actually a good thing, I’ll tell you that you’re wrong. It’s pretty difficult to shoot a good photo in concerts, and that’s already lucky. Getting in is difficult. I compete with tens of thousands of photographers vying to enter the dome and shoot some good photos for their own personal blogs.
So, this non-photo blog details everything I know about Wembley, including the food, the restaurants, the hotels, the activities, the stories of concert goers who had their dream come true or nightmarish concert experience.
What Was Your Best Concert Experience?
To say honestly? When Muse Played and My Chemical Romance played during the second day. People were so ecstatic and I was outside, thinking about how I could get in. Fortunately, one of my friends, an organiser of the event, signed me up as a photographer in the same day. I was so enthralled.
Then a bouncer came about and told me I needed clearance for my camera. My friend and I did a little “basketball-style” passing (figurative of course). She confiscated my camera and gave it to me the last minute I was inside the pit.
The band played many of their hits, but when Muse played, the crowd went wild. I was able to take many good photographs of the band and the crowd. I loved that day. I gained large views on my blog just by posting these photos back in 2008.
What Could You Advice Concert Photographers?
I would tell them to start building their credentials and approach people who have networks inside Wembley Arena and organisers who are handling the events. Don’t be afraid to pass out business cards and do pro-bono shoots (with high quality and good feedback, of course) to help your career grow as a photographer. It doesn’t hurt to ask or approach people, you know. You just need a bit of confidence and good portfolios. So shoot, shoot, shoot.
Why Do You Know So Much Around Wembley Arena?
I live near it! All my friends who travelled beyond their towns live here and we do different things. One friend of mine, Michel, is a composer. He has worked with Wembley Arena’s audio staff from time to time. Another friend of mine is Darla. She handles the stage and handles the crew logistics whenever there’s a project. As for me, I’ve been once a tourist to this place. But after seeing photographer shots, I’ve decided to stay around.
My story is that it’s really difficult to find a good place in Wembley. If not for Gareth, my boyfriend, I wouldn’t have had any place to stay. So I stayed in hotels, hostels, ate at cheap dining places, until I finally found a permanent place to stay.
Well, Let’s Go Then!
It’s been a pleasure sharing with you who I am and what I do for a living. You could trust me to give you everything you need about Wembley Arena to help you survive and enjoy a nice, great, dreamy time!