You’ll often hear about people getting caught trying to sneak in to festivals, but have you ever heard of someone pulling it off so well that they do it nearly 50 times?
That’s what Marcus Haney has become a pro at: he’s a music video creator for major television networks, but he’s also a maker of fake wristbands and has developed a knack for sneaking past security when possible and somehow making his way to the main stages of the huge festivals he infiltrates, where he’s taken some powerful images with an original perspective.
He’s snuck his way into all the major festivals you’ve heard about a million times: Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury – even the Grammys!
He’s befriended members of popular bands like Mumford & Sons, gone on tour with them, and has hitchhiked and train-hopped his way across America in his endless pursuit to catch live music. He could have saved a lot of trouble by figuring a way to download free background music online.
Sounds like something fit for a film, right? Well, that’s exactly what’s being done.
Haney himself has been putting together a documentary, a compilation of footage from many of his excursions over the past 4 years, and he’s calling it No Cameras Allowed.
“We’ve done everything, Haney said in an interview with Noisey. “Everything from jumping fences to fake wristbands to posing as security to posing as artists to posing as press to running through truck entrances to going underneath fences.”
The results of his escapades have turned him into one of the most talked about photographers in the music world.
Some of these decisions could only be made with some serious sacrifice, however. “[The train tour with Edward Sharpe and Mumford & Sons] was during the same time as my finals at university. I had to choose between graduating or going on the train.”
Apparently he chose the train.
Although he had to give up his academic career, what he’s traded it in for could be seen as equally rewarding, if not infinitely more so, since he never would have had the opportunity to do any of these things if he hadn’t broken some rules.
His shenanigans have allowed him to accomplish some remarkable things, like taking the photo that Mumford & Sons used for the cover of their album Babel.
With this documentary being released soon and his reputation building, it looks as though Haney has been able to turn his rule-breaking hobby into a well-paying career.
Hats off to you, sir.