2019 – A Year Before Lockdown celebrating Australian musicians by Australian photographers

A Year Before Lockdown

As a live music photographer, the pandemic and resulting lockdown has been pretty bleak. Instead of going to multiple gigs a week, and capturing the joy and essence of live music, like everyone else I’ve been confined to home counting my legs.

During this extended period of reflection, one of the seasoned photographers from the pit, Kevin Bull from the Central Coast had a lightbulb moment of creating a book of images from gigs in Australia, capturing the 12 months prior to lockdown. The images are of Australian artists, taken by local photographers. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to Support Act, a charity that assists the music industry.


This has not been a straightforward undertaking, as Bull explains: “I knew I had a big job on my hands when thousands of images started coming in. The artist approvals also took a lot longer than expected, but I feel that the resulting collection of Australian artists presents a wonderful snapshot. You flick through the pages and you can visually see what was occurring ‘live-on-stage’ during the year leading up to lockdown.

One of the images in the book – Tash Sultana at Bluesfest, captured by Lachlan Douglas

You can preview the book, and purchase it by heading to the official ‘2019 – A Year Before Lockdown’ website HERE. The cost of the book is $65.42 + P&H + GST. All profits ($20 from each book) go to Support Act. You can also purchase a PDF copy of the book for $14.99. Their charter is to provide crisis relief services to artists, crew and music workers as a result of ill health, injury, a mental health problem, or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music.

So – do buy a copy and help support the music industry which we all love so much.

George Maple by Brittany Long

We thank every one of the artists who have consented to be included. This includes:

5 Seconds of Summer, A Swayze, Adrian Dzvuke, Airbourne, Alex Lahey, Alex the Astronaut, Allday, Amyl and the Sniffers, Amy Shark, Angie McMahon, Archie Roach, Ash Grunwald, Babe Rainbow, Baby Animals, Backsliders, Baker Boy, Bad Dreems, Bad Moon Born, Bernard Fanning, Birds of Tokyo, Bob Evans, Boom Crash Opera, Boy and Bear, Brad Cox, Briggs, British India, Cable Ties, Caligula’s Horse, Camp Cope, Caravana Sun, Cheap Fakes, Child, Chocolate Starfish, City Calm Down, Client Liaison, Clowns, Confidence Man, Conrad Sewell, Courtney Barnett, Crooked Colours, Cub Sport, CW Stoneking, Dan Sultan, David Campbell, Dean Lewis, Dena Amy, Deprivation, Delta Goodrem, Devil Electric, Dicklord, Didirri, Diesel, Dirty Slutz, DMA’s, Drapht, Dune Rats, DZ Deathrays, East, Ecca Vandal, Electric Fields, Eskimo Joe, Fangz, John Farnham, Flyying Colours, Frenzal Rhomb, Fyre Byrd, G Flip, Gang of Youths, George Maple, Grinspoon, Guy Sebastian, Gyroscope, Haiku Hands, Hands like Houses, Hard Ons, Harts, Hayden James, Hiatus Kaiyote, High Tension, Hockey Dad, Holy Holy, Hoodoo Gurus, Hot Dub Time Machine, Hunters and Collectors, Huntly, Illy, Jack Charles, Jack River, Jaguar Jonze, Jessica Mauboy, Jet, Jimmy Barnes, Jodie Joy, John Butler Trio, Jon Stevens, Julia Jacklin, Karnivool, Kasey Chambers, Kate Miller-Heidke, Killing Heidi, Kim Churchill, Kinder, King Gizzard, King Parrot, KLP, Kwame, Lachy Doley, Lime Cordiale, Luca Brasi, Magic Dirt, Mansionair, Meg Mac, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Middle Kids, Midnight Oil, Mindsnare, Missy Higgins, Moju, Montaigne, Motor Ace, Ne Obliviscaris, Neptune Power Federation, Ocean Alley, Olivia Newton-John, Operation Ibis, Orianthi, Osaka Punch, Parkway Drive, Paul Dempsey, Paul Kelly, Peking Duk, Pist Idiots, Polaris, Polish Club, Pond, Press Club, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Raave Tapes, Red Hook, Regurgitator, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Rose Tattoo, Ruel, Running Touch, Russo, Rust, Safia, Sampa The Great, Set Mo, Slowly Slowly, Smith Street Band, Sneaky Sound System, Something For Kate, Southern River Band, Spacey Jane, Spiderbait, Stella Donnelly, Stonefield, Superheist, Tame Impala, Tash Sultana, Tex Perkins, Thandi Phoenix, The Amity Affliction, The Beautiful Girls, The Butterfly Effect, The Cat Empire, The Church, The Delta Riggs, The Dirty Three, The Gooch Palms, The Grates, The Herd, The Jezabels, The Jungle Giants, The Living End, The McClymonts, The Pinheads, The Preatures, The Presets, The Rubens, The Screaming Jets, The Temper Trap, The Teskey Brothers, The Whitlams, The Wiggles, Thirsty Merc, Thundamentals, Thy Art Is Murder, Tia Gostelow, Tommy Emmanuel, Totally Unicorn, Trophy Eyes, Tropical Fuck Storm, Vance Joy, Vanessa Amorosi, Vera Blue, Violent Soho, WAAX, Henry Wagons, Washington, We Lost The Sea, What So Not, Wolfmother, Woodes, Yothu Yindi

The photographers involved are:

Nadia Achilles, Stuart Anderson, Britt Andrews, Bruce Baker, Amber Bateup, Stephen Boxshall, David Brandon, Nick Brightman, Stuart Bucknell, Kevin Bull, Bronwen Caple, Megan Carew, Gabrielle Clement, Peter Coates, Brendan Delavere, Mark Dickson, Lachlan Douglas, Peter Dovgan, Kerrie Geier, Jess Gleeson, Mick Goddard, Lucinda Goodwin, Simone Gorman-Clark, Georgia Griffiths, Josh Groom, Ben Gunzburg, Dani Hansen, Nate Hill, Rhiannon Hopley, Rebecca Houlden, Michelle Grace Hunder, Nathan David Kelly, Paul Kerr, Megan King, Deb Kloeden, Ian Laidlaw, Jared Leibowitz, Brittany Long, Mitch Lowe, Ashley Mar, Jaz Meadows, Lucas Packett, Kurt Petersen, Monique Pizzica, Markus Ravik, Jason Rosewarne, Kylie Sahb, Renae Saxby, Adam Sivewright, Alec Smart, Joshua South, Pat Stevenson, Clea-Marie Thorne, Christine Tobia-Philp, Brooke Tunbridge, Dan Turner, Curdin Wullschleger, Rachel Younger

Bruce Baker

Probably riding my bike, taking photos and/or at a gig. Insta: @bruce_a_baker