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Music, Year in Review 2016

Year in Review: The Best Concert Photos of 2016

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Timothy Nguyen
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Artist: Slayer 
Venue: Rebel Nightclub 
City: Toronto  
Date: September 13
Photographer: Dale Benvenuto 

Slayer boasts some of the most iconic faces in the metal scene and I feel Dale captured the epic-ness that is Kerry King. A strong black and white contrast with the lights accenting his figure and pointing outward – a perfect capture. Well done, Dale!

Slayer performing at the Sound Academy in Toronto on September 12, 2016. (Photo: Dale Benvenuto/Aesthetic Magazine)

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Artist: Billy Idol 
Venue: Pemberton Music Festival 
City: Pemberton, BC 
Date: July 17
Photographer: Steven Shepherd 

Billy Idol is such an icon of the 80s and I think Steven captured his essence perfectly here. It’s clean, it’s simple but it still says a lot about the man for those who know anything about him. Great capture, Steven!

Billy Idol performing at the Pemberton Music Festival on July 16, 2016. (Photo: Steven Shepherd/Aesthetic Magazine)

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Artist: Blink 182 
Venue: Amnesia Rockfest 
City: Montebello, QC 
Date: June 27
Photographer: Scott Penner 

Blink 182 has been a huge part of my adolescent years and having seen Travis Barker play in Blink and the Transplants, I feel this shot captures his energy. The composition is unique with the negative space on the right drawing more attention to his light shirt, and therefore him. Nice shot, Scott!

Blink-182 performing at Amnesia Rockfest 2016 in Montebello, Quebec on June 24, 2016. (Photo: Scott Penner/Aesthetic Magazine)

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Artist: Florence And The Machine 
Venue: Molson Amphitheatre 
City: Toronto 
Date: June 10
Photographer: Janine Van Oostrom 

Based on the pictures I’ve chosen so far, I’m sure you can tell I’m a sucker for portraits. Janine captured Florence Welch extremely well here – if anyone has ever heard music, be it live or on the radio, you’re fully capable of the voice she can project and I can just hear her singing here. Also, the tones in the processing really give up that ethereal feel which I feel embodies her. Nailed it, Janine!

Florence And The Machine performs at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on June 10, 2016. (Photo: Janine Van Oostrom/Aesthetic Magazine)

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Artist: Carly Rae Jepsen 
Venue: St. Andrew’s Hall
City: Detroit 
Date: March 14
Photographer: Taylor Ohryn 

Carly Rae Jepsen is a guilty pleasure of mine and I think this shot by Taylor is pretty neat. Having Carly in the middle, white shirt contrasting all the cool lights in the back, hand out reached inviting you into the image is hella rad. Props, Taylor!

Carly Rae Jepsen performs at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit on March 13, 2016. (Photo: Taylor Ohryn/Aesthetic Magazine)

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