Best Music Shots of 2021

‘I’ve been looking so long at these pictures of you
That I almost believe that they’re real’ – The Cure

Here we are again with our annual Best Music Shots of the Year gallery, thankfully 2021 reopened the doors of venues big and small and reminded us exactly what we’d been missing. And so it’s even more of a privilege than usual to bring you this amazing selection of live music shots captured around the world.

Photos are in no particular order, mixed by genre and style, so grab a cup of tea and take a break while you check them all out to avoid missing anything… enjoy.

(Header photo above by Tina Sherwood, details in article)

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Genn
Chalk, Brighton – October 2021

By Rob Orchard – Website | Instagram

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Rachel Mae Hannon
Whelans, Dublin – November 2021

By Alex Curran – Instagram

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Ben Sargent of Hell’s Addiction
Rockin’ The Bowl Festival, Sheffield – September 2021

Hazel Jade Rogers of JOANovARC
Rockin’ The Bowl Festival, Sheffield – September 2021

By Tina Sherwood – Instagram | Facebook

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Bob Vylan
The Ferret, Preston – August 2021

Steve Diggle of Buzzcocks
Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool – August 2021

By Gary Hough at allthecoolbandsphotography – Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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Cody Hibbard
Ft Worth Panther Island River and Blues Fest – November 2021

Rachel Stacy
Texas Lottery Pavilion, Irving, Texas – October 2021

By Robert C Maxfield II – Website | Instagram | Facebook

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Oracle Sisters
The Glue Factory, Glasgow – November 2021

Callum Easter
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – September 2021

By John Mackie – Instagram

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Doug Aldrich of The Dead Daisies
Nottingham Rock City – November 2021

Angelo Tristan of Collateral
Sheffield Don Valley Bowl – September 2021

By Cobspix Photography – Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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Judgement
Biltmore Theatre, Ontario – November 2021

Excuses Excuses
Biltmore Theatre, Ontario – November 2021

By Mirjana (Mikki) Simeunovich – Website | Instagram | Facebook

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Freya Beer
Paper Dress Vintage, London – November 2021 (shot for dead good music blog)

By Rachel Wonders – Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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Nile Rodgers and CHIC
Dreamland, Margate – September 2021

The Ks
Dreamland, Margate – September 2021

By Katie Stokes – Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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Royal and the Serpent
XL Live, Harrisburg PA – August 2021

Nick Reese of Joyous Wolf
Reverb, Reading PA – October 2021

By Erin Servey Photography – Instagram | Facebook

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Sydney Sprague
Rebel Lounge, Phoenix AZ – June 2021

Danielle Durack
Rebel Lounge, Phoenix AZ – June 2021

By Jennifer Mullins –Website | Prints | Instagram | Twitter

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Steve Diggle of Buzzcocks
Gateways Festival – August 2021

Lauren Tate of Hands Off Gretel
Long Division Festival – September 2021

By Steve White – Instagram

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Daniel Filth of Cradle of Filth
Bloodstock Festival – August 2021

Benji of Skindred
Bloodstock Festival – August 2021

By Clare Ratcliffe – Instagram | Facebook

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Julia Bardot
Bodega, Nottingham – October 2021

Paul Weller
Octagon Centre, Sheffield – November 2021

By Nigel King Photography – Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

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Sons of Liberty
Don Valley Bowl, Sheffield – September 2021

The Outlaw Orchestra
Don Valley Bowl, Sheffield – September 2021

By Andy Houghton – Website | Instagram

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Alex Southey
Bar Cathedral, Toronto – November 2021

The Sarandons
Dakota Tavern, Toronto – November 2021

By Steven Medeiros – Website | Instagram 1 | Instagram 2

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False Heads
The Boileroom, Guildford – November 2021

Girli
The Boileroom, Guildford – November 2021

By Matt Chapman – Website | Instagram | Twitter

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The Sixth Lie
London

By Najm Clayton – Website | Instagram

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Priestgate
The Hope and Ruin, Brighton – October 2021

Walt Disco
The Hope and Ruin, Brighton – November 2021

By Siobhan at 16 Beasley St Photoraphy – Website | Instagram | Twitter

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As always, a massive thank you to all the awesome photographers who have shared their images. If you like what you see, go and give them a follow on the links shown. Whether you’re a photographer, musician, gig-goer or involved/interested in the music industry in any way, keep supporting your local scene and please, please keep taking a test. Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year – take care of yourselves and each other.

All images are the copyright of the photographer credited; please do not use without gaining their permission first.

17th December 2021