We were convinced that it was going to rain all week. We scoured the weather reports, debated multiple models, and ultimately accepted that yes, one of the most ambitious concert shoots we have ever put together would ultimately be washed away. The only words of comfort were printed on the concert tickets for the evening. "Rain or Shine", which of course, venues and promoters never actually mean. Maybe the CHVRCHES
' World Tour opener at SummerStage in Central Park could survive a little wet stuff. But we were warned. Should any lightning strike within a 10 mile radius, this baby would be doomed. We packed up and loaded our gear into the venue anyway.
If you've been following the site for the last few months, you no doubt already know that the show miraculously went off without a hitch. The band kicked off their latest tour in support of their brilliant, sophomore album Every Open Eye
, we filmed the inspiring performance, and even got to spend some time with both the band and their fans
on what is now a rather memorable, later summer day in Manhattan's most famous, green oasis.
Central Park SummerStage
is as iconic of a location as they come...can you think of a more beautiful and thrilling setting to catch a show? But that evening also represented something so much more than a great gig in a stunning location. Yes, this was the beginning of taking CHVRCHES' new album and flashy stage production on a trip around the globe. But the show also marks loftier ambitions as a band, not to mention bigger expectations from fans and critics. So, in many ways, we were capturing one of the most important moments in the band's history together. To say we were humbled to be chosen for the work would be a serious understatement.
As it turns out, the only electricity zipping through the venue that night would be coming from the stage. It would rain though...on cue actually, in the most scripted/magical way possible during the band's intense performance of "Clearest Blue". But don't just skip ahead. Hit play and experience the entirety of this 50 minute long document (along with CHVRCHES classics like "Leave A Trace", "Never Ending Circles", "Under The Tide, "Recover", and of course, "The Mother We Share) of an unbelievably special moment. Like a lot of you, we have been rooting for Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty's ever since we first encountered the band back in 2013
. After witnessing this show in the park, it's clear CHVRCHES have taken their place amongst the world's most exciting young bands. And we are so very excited to finally be able to show it to you.