Candid magazine, London. Issue 13. "One to Watch: Matt Defreitas." Photographer: Mary Ashton Ellis

Candid magazine, London. 2016.  "Candid Hits the 2016 Brit Awards." Photography by Mary Ashton Ellis.

FMS Magazine Article featuring my music photography

Anty Radio. Poland. Photography: Mary Ashton Ellis.

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Photography and Field Reporting by Mary Ashton Ellis for So It Goes magazine.

So It Goes got swept along for the ride with Catfish & The Bottlemen at Lollapalooza.

North Wales wunderkinds Catfish and the Bottlemen made plenty of waves at Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, IL. Riding the global success of their debut album The Balcony, the foursome played to thousands of fans who sang along to hits like “Kathleen,” “Fallout,” and “Cocoon.” We caught up with the band backstage and were immediately impressed – despite spending months on tour together, they were in good spirits and were constantly pranking each other throughout our spontaneous photoshoot.

That night, they treated Chicago to an exclusive aftershow at Subterranean. The room was packed and the floor was covered with balloons to celebrate the fact that it was lead singer McCann’s 23rd birthday. The intimacy of the small venue made their second set of the day a completely different experience, despite playing a similar set. At one point, after a crowd-driven chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’, someone spilled a drink on stage, causing McCann’s microphone to go out. However, not even a faulty microphone could dampen the spirit of the evening – the crowd filling in for the missing vocals until a replacement was found.

Luckily, this isn’t the last we’ll hear of them – Catfish and the Bottlemen are in the midst of touring across Europe and North America and are slated to play Reading & Leeds on August 29-30. Tickets for their upcoming UK and North American Tour are on sale now.

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Charlie XCX Sneak Peek

Photography by Mary Ashton Ellis for Noctis Magazine.

Youth Culture Pictorial Coming Soon!

Glass Animals

Photography and Field Reporting by Mary Ashton Ellis for So It Goes Magazine.

Glass Animals, the Oxfordian indie rock four-piece, show no sign of slowing down off the success of their debut album, Zaba. The band made three appearances at the weekend-long festival, kicking things off with an intimate show at Bottom Lounge. Playing tried and true fan favourites like “Gooey” and “Black Mambo,” front man Dave Bayley carried the enraptured audience through a 13-song set, frequently soaring off the stage and into the crowd. The band’s main performance the next day was just as energetic, this time playing to thousands of fans during their afternoon slot on the Galaxy stage proving their relentless enthusiasm.

Glass Animals continue their US tour before heading to Europe to play a number of festivals to wrap up the summer season, including an appearance at Reading & Leeds on 29-30 August.

Zella Day

Photography and Field Reporting by Mary Ashton Ellis for So It Goes Magazine.

Arizona native, Zella Day wowed the crowed at Lollapalooza with her Americana-infused electro-pop songs about dreams and childhood. The 20-year old singer-songwriter’s debut album, Kicker was just released in June followed closely by a soulful performance on Conan. Heralded by The Guardian as the “happier Lana del Rey,” we can look forward to big things from Ms. Day. For now, you can catch her on tour through America until late September including an appearance at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. Dates and ticketing information can be found here.


 Photography and Field Reporting by Mary Ashton Ellis for So It Goes Magazine.

Emerging alt-pop band LANY (pronounced LAY-NEE) don’t like to define their sound, instead preferring the listener to draw their own conclusions. Those conclusions would likely include ‘dreamy,’ ‘80s,’ and ‘synth-based’ in an attempt to describe the band’s signature, self-produced sound. With six tracks and an EP to their name, the Los Angeles-based, Nashville natives just finished touring with Zella Day and are scheduled to tour North America with Twin Shadows until September when they plan to write and record their debut album. You can find schedule and ticket information here. Look for them to come to London this November!


photography by Mary Ashton Ellis for Sony Music and Wonderland magazine.

A Day In The Life: ZIBRA at Glastonbury

Paul Oakenfold

Photography by Mary Ashton Ellis for EDM legend Paul Oakenfold.  


Photography and Field Reporting by Mary Ashton Ellis for ArtMapLondon

Vans London Album Launch Party and Interview with the Artist of Imagien Dragons Smoke+Mirrors Album

Art Map London asked our twitter followers this week what they would ask if they were able to interview the artist behind the Imagine Dragons Smoke+Mirrors album cover. We sat down with Tim Cantor and his wife, Amy, at House of Vans London to get the answers to your questions. 

Read our full feature article on Tim Cantor’s life as an artist, his inspirations, and advice here.