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Music, Year in Review 2016

Year in Review: The Best Concert Photos of 2016

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Alyssa Bardol
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Artist: The Chainsmokers 
Venue: VELD Music Festival
City: Toronto 
Date: July 31
Photographer: Jaime Espinoza 

Capturing the energy is the goal of any concert photographer, and this shot does exactly that. The Chainsmokers perform in a very lively manner, bouncing from each side of the stage and encouraging the crowd to join in on the energy, so this shot, showing Drew Taggart midair as Alex Pall shares in his energy is a perfect example of capturing the energy, not just the moment.

The Chainsmokers perform at the VELD Music Festival in Toronto on July 31, 2016 (Photo: Jaime Espinoza/Aesthetic Magazine)

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Artist: Death Cab For Cutie 
Venue: Riot Fest 
City: Chicago
Date: September 17
Photographer: Katie Kuropas 

The lighting in this photo combined with capturing a moment of utter passion in Death Cab For Cutie’s Riot Fest performance is second to none.

Death Cab For Cutie performing at Riot Fest Chicago on September 17, 2016. (Photo: Katie Kuropas/Aesthetic Magazine)

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Artist: Skeletonwitch
Venue: Commodore Ballroom
City: Vancouver
Date: April 2
Photographer: Timothy Nguyen 

I live for shots that convey the overall energy of the show, and this shot does a great job of doing so. With the sweat beads flying out of his hair mid-head bang, his facial expression, and even the cool hue of the photo, it’s easy to dive right into the energy of the show.

Skeletonwitch performs at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on April 2, 2016. (Photo: Timothy Nguyen/Aesthetic Magazine)

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Artist: Blessthefall
Venue: The Opera House
City: Toronto
Date: November 18
Photographer: Kelsey Giesbrecht

The lighting in this photo is the most effective lighting I can imagine a photo having, not to mention how effective capturing that amount of energy in one frame is.

Blessthefall performs at the Opera House in Toronto on November 18, 2016. (Photo: Kelsey Giesbrecht/Aesthetic Magazine)

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Artist: Light Up The Sky 
Venue: The Opera House
City: Toronto
Date: November 18
Photographer: Kelsey Giesbrecht

Sometimes the band member gives the photographer an opportunity to snap the money shot of the entire night, and that looks like what happened here. Awesome shot.

Light Up The Sky performs at the Opera House in Toronto on November 18, 2016. (Photo: Kelsey Giesbrecht/Aesthetic Magazine)

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