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Kane Hibberd - aka Kanye Lens - has been capturing Soundwave's most bloody and glorious moments. He's now published the best bits in a book

What's the funniest thing you've seen at Soundwave?
Mike Patton in 2010 using Chatroulette on stage. The look on people's faces when Mike Patton and 30,000 people are staring back at them.

Does Soundwave attract a certain breed of punter that you're fond of?
Who doesn't love sweaty, tattooed, long-haired people spending hours in the sun, drinking and moshing to their favourite heavy bands? Just remember, though they look scary as all hell, they are puppy dogs on the inside.

Which bands are unfailingly photogenic?
It's lucky that most heavier bands put on killer shows that rely on using energy, spirit, passion and some good old-fashioned facepaint, rather than someone handsome dancing around with a tambourine. (You don’t find many tambourines at Soundwave.) It's pretty hard to not take a killer photo when someone is head banging so hard you can see just the whites of their eyes. This year I would keep my eyes on Ghost, Mindless Self Indulgence and the mutha-fucking Cancer Bats.

Available February 2013 from www.kanyelens.com, or pick up a copy in person from the launch at 1000 Pound Bend on February 20, 6-9pm.

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Updated on 11 Feb 2013.

By Jenny Valentish   |   Photos by Kane Hibberd
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