• BRAIDS | Montreal | 04/25/2015

    Just as I was getting into Montreal, Braids was getting ready to leave and fly to Amsterdam to start a short tour in Europe. We shot some photos during their last rehearsal and the morning before their departure. Alex from Blue Hawaii also stopped by to say hi. 

    © Nick Helderman 2015.

  • SAMARIS | The Standard - NYC | 04/11/15.

    Seeing Samaris perform their first ever New York show, in the penthouse of the Standard Hotel last weekend was a special thing. See more photos Here.

    © Nick Helderman 2015.

  • Hiss Golden Messenger & Phil Cook - Ekko, Utrecht. 02/15/2015.

    So many good people coming through NL these last few weeks. I don’t want these little photo collections to turn into show reviews but last night was a good one. Phil Cook is probably the most natural musician I know. Seeing him play any instrument just makes you feel so good. HGM’s music is traditional but has a punch, it feels very real. I don’t know, I’m happy I was there.

    © Nick Helderman 2015.

  • Viet Cong - Paradiso, Amsterdam. 02/10/2015.

    Pretty amazeballs to hear a sold out Paradiso scream for these longtime favorite persons last night.

    © Nick Helderman 2015.

  • HEALTH - Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam. 01-23-2015.

    So good to see these guys again. And thank you to Interpol’s tourmanager for letting me hang around and shoot.

    © Nick Helderman 2015.

  • AFTERPARTEES - Bitterzoet, Amsterdam. 01-24-2015.

    Congrats to these guys who released their debut LP over the weekend.

    © Nick Helderman.

  • Jacco Gardner - Zwaag, NL 2014.

    These photos came out this week together with Jacco Gardner’s tour dates for spring 2015.

    Check out the dates on his Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jaccogardnermusic

    © Nick Helderman

  • Morrisey | TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht. October 10, 2014.

    I saw a great Morrissey show at TivoliVredenburg last night.

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    End Of The Road Festival - Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury UK. August 2014.

    Back in august I spent a weekend at the End Of The Road Festival to shoot photos for them. Still wanted to share some of the pics on Tumblr as it was one of the best summer festivals I’ve been to. Also, they have peacocks roaming the fields!

    © Nick Helderman.

  • Getatchew Mekuria | Addis Ababa, Oct 14 2014.

    Back from Addis! Getatchew Mekuria, The Ex & Friends played a super strong show at the National Theatre in Ethiopia on Tuesday. It was amazing to see this project one last time in front of 1500 people. I hope to show more photos of this trip somewhere soon.

    © Nick Helderman.

  • Finally! I’m going to Ethiopia.

    In 2 days I’m flying to Ethiopia to finish a project that started 7 years ago. The Ex will play their last shows with Getatchew Mekuria, a great Ethiopian saxophonist. in 2007 they released their first record together. I was a big fan of The Ex and the culture they represent and hearing them with Getatchew blew my mind. They let me come on the road with them to document the live shows. First in The Netherlands and Belgium, later in France and in 2008 we flew to the States for a 2 week tour.

    Following them around definitely has been the most inspiring project I’ve done. The resemblance between the attitude of The Ex and Ethiopian culture is amazing. I’ve always wanted to complete it by going over to Addis Abeba and document the project there.

    Pictures above are all from the tour in 2008 except the last one.  It shows Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu Eshete and Getatchew Mekuria during North Sea Jazz in Rotterdam, 2009.

    © Nick Helderman.