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Californian kid ‘breaks into’ music festivals around the world and it totally pays off

Have you ever used a fake ID to get in to a bar, jumped over a fence to avoid paying, or skipped a mammoth queue by pretending to be with somebody important? How about faking press-passes and sneaking on stage with some of the biggest musicians in the world at the wildest festivals?

Chances are you haven’t done the last one, but Marcus Haney sure has! The 26 year old filmmaker and photographer has been breaking into festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella and Glastonbury for years, all in a bid to get close to the artists he loves and the music they make.

Having photographed the likes of Jay-Z, Lykke Li, Coldplay, Muse, Scrillex and Passion Pit, Haney’s break came when he snuck in to Coachella in 2010. He shot some footage of his daring entry as well as documenting the performance of Mumford and Sons. When, later that same year, he also found his way into Bonnaroo he managed to get this in front of the band themselves. The British band were delighted with Haney’s renegade style and promptly invited him to come on The Railroad Revival Tour along with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes and Old Crow Medicine Show. Despite being in the midst of finals and at a true crossroads in his life, Haney had no trouble dropping everything and jumping on board.

‘Marcus can break into anything. We once removed his credentials from him and kicked him onto the street outside a Canadian arena. Within 20 minutes he had not only arrived back in our dressing room after re-entering through the venue’s front door, but had also casually climbed up on the stage before the first band started to raise his camera above his head and take a shot of the first few thousand excited gig goers waiting at the barrier!’

Marcus is now Mumford & Son’s official photographer and no longer needs to break into music festivals, but he does anyway. Yesterday saw the release of his film No Cameras Allowed in L.A., documenting his rise from intrepid music fan to renowned renegade photographer. Check out the trailer below.

Via Middle 8