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Alan to showcase selection of his pictures at Dublin music festival

By Maureen Coleman

A Belfast-based photographer who has snapped some of the biggest bands in the world is to exhibit a selection of his work at one of Ireland's leading independent music festivals in Dublin later this month.

Alan Maguire has been photographing bands and musicians since 2003 and will showcase many of his pictures at the Hard Working Class Heroes Festival, which runs from September 28 to 30.

The festival features the best of Ireland's up-and-coming bands, from north and south, as well as a selection of Scandinavian acts for this year's event.

A number of local bands will take part in the festival, including Belfast rock bands The Black Tokens, The Elliots, Push Borders and Panda Kopanda, as well as Co Tyrone outfit Colenso Parade.

Alan, who specialises in live music photography, has built up an impressive portfolio and has photographed many of Northern Ireland's top acts.

In addition, he has photographed some of the world's best known artists, including Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Razorlight, Snow Patrol, Bjork and Ian Brown.

The official photographer for the Belfast Festival at Queen's for the past four years, he was also part of 'Shot By Both Sides' - a group exhibition of Ulster Rock Photography from 1977-2004 for the 2004 festival.

A number of his photographs were also used on the sleeve of the eponymous Rodrigo y Gabriela album that went to number one in the Irish charts in February last year.

For the exhibition, Alan will be showing photos of Manchester legend and ex-Stones Roses frontman Ian Brown, Brazilian electro-pop act CSS, American symphonic rock outfit The Polyphonic Spree and local band the Elliots, who play the closing night of the festival.

The photography exhibition will be open to members of the general public on Saturday, September 29, and Sunday, September 30, from 10am to 5pm at the Pod Complex, Harcourt Street, Dublin. Admission is free.

Alan's online portfoilo can be seen on his website www.livemusicpics.com

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