Machine Gun Kelly 2 © Melanie Smith

Machine Gun Kelly © Melanie Smith

Machine Gun Kelly
O2 Ritz, Manchester
August 27th 2019

Louder Than War photographer Melanie Smith, captured American rap artist / actor Colson Baker better known as Machine Gun Kelly or MGK, when he stopped off in Manchester, as part of his ‘Hotel Diablo’ World Tour in support of his new concept album.

MGK appeared to a cheering, enthusiastic crowd, from a doorway (Hotel Diablo) on a huge raised platform, with stunning visual backdrops. The sold-out, explosive show was as hot as hell, as his fans reached fever pitch in the sweltering heat of the O2 Ritz.

Machine Gun Kelly 1 © Melanie Smith
Machine Gun Kelly 4 © Melanie Smith
Machine Gun Kelly 5 © Melanie Smith
Machine Gun Kelly © Melanie Smith
Machine Gun Kelly 2 © Melanie Smith

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Photos by Melanie Smith (shot for Academy Music Group). More work by Mel on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Photography portfolio can be found here

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Editor: live reviews / books and head of photography. I can't imagine my life without music, photography or books, all connect and have played a big part in my life. I have experienced many musical genres, northern soul in 1975, early punk movement, drifting into the electronic era, a trip around the rock scene, a taste of indie and a smattering of pop. I possess an eclectic taste in music and a lust for life; new experiences are what drives this machine. I still have that punk DIY spirit and used this to create my own website Mudkiss Fanzine in 2008 - 2013. Official photographer for Louder Than Words - annual music literary festival and a house photographer for Academy Music Group. Available for commissioned work, please contact me


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