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BEFORE THE SHOW

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Story by Carsten Windhorst June 22nd, 2014

BEFORE THE SHOW

From the outside, life on the road sounds like a dream - travelling from city to city, playing shows in different countries, and seeing the world in the process. But the reality is often very different and a lot of time is spent in nondescript dressing rooms and venues that all look the same after just a few days.

Here is a collection of images of musicians I have photographed at various venues around the world over the past few years.

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The Ting Tings

Photographed in their dressing room before their show at the Leadmill in Sheffield.

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Fall OUt BOY

Photographed before their show at Angels & Kings in Barcelona.

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Glasvegas

Photographed in their dressing room before their show in Swansea, Wales.

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Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem

Photographed a few minutes before the band’s show at Knust in Hamburg. Brian had just returned from the dentist where he’d had emergency treatment.

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Lionel Richie

Photographed shortly after he arrived at London’s O2 Arena where he was due to play the first of two shows. Lionel went straight to the stage upon his arrival to check out the size of the arena.

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The Horrors

Photographed after their soundcheck at the Empire Ballroom in London.

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Depeche Mode

Photographed moments before their show at the 80,000 capacity Stade de France in Paris.

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TINARIWEN

Photographed shortly before they went on stage at a festival in Athens, Greece.

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Paolo Nutini

Photographed in his dressing room before his show at Terminal 5 in New York.

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Florence + the machine

Photographed backstage before the band’s show at Øya Festival in Oslo.

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Corinne Bailey Rae

Photographed in her dressing room shortly before her show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York.

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Adam Young aka Owl City

Photographed in his dressing room before his show at the Botanique in Brussels.

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Massive Attack

Photographed in their dressing room moments before their show at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

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Biffy Clyro

Photographed in their dressing room before their show in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

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Warpaint

Photographed in their dressing room before their show at the Paradiso in Amsterdam.

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Rumer

Photographed in her dressing room before her show in Nottingham.

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The Script

Photographed in their dressing room before their show in Dublin.

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Katy Perry

Photographed in her dressing room before her show at Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.

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Kasabian

Tom and Serge of Kasabian photographed in the band’s dressing room before their show at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton.

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Metronomy

Photographed in their dressing room before their show in Paris.

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Beady Eye

Photographed in their dressing room before their show at Somerset House in London.

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Katy B

Photographed in her dressing room before her show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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Dry The River

Photographed after their soundcheck at XOYO in London.

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Fuck Buttons

Photographed backstage after their soundcheck at a festival in Amsterdam.

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Howler

Photographed backstage before their gig at London’s XOYO.

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Django Django

Photographed in their dressing room before their show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London.

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Hadouken!

James Smith and Alice Spooner of Hadouken! photographed in their dressing room before the band’s show in Moscow.

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Rizzle Kicks

Photographed after their soundcheck at XOYO in London.

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Imagine Dragons

Photographed in their dressing room before their show at L’Oympia in Paris.

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Michael Kiwanuka

Photographed after his soundcheck at XOYO in London.

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5 Seconds of summer

Photographed in their dressing room before their show at Koko in London.

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Disclosure

Photographed in their dressing room at Brixton Academy in London.

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The Killers

Photographed in their dressing room before their show at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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The Vamps

Photographed backstage before their show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London.

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Eliza + The Bear

Photographed backstage before their show at Islington Academy in London.

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Newton Faulkner

Photographed in his dressing room before his show at the Leadmill in Sheffield.

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Allen Stone

Photographed in his dressing room before his show show at Dingwalls in London.

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Pulled Apart By Horses

Photographed in their dressing room before their show at the Electric Ballroom in London.

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The Wombats

Photographed backstage before their show at the Melkweg in Amsterdam.

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Footnote: Photos by Carsten Windhorst / FRPAP.com / Must not be used without permission