Leeds Met staff and students took part in Live at Leeds at the weekend, the ever-growing metropolitan music festival, packed with an exciting programme of gigs and music-inspired events which fills venues across our city.
Amongst the hustle and bustle, were many of our students and staff, not only as revellers and performersbut also as managers of events included in the festival, recruiters of volunteers and crucially, wristband exchange for entry into the performances which featured national names such as Blood Red Shoes and Pulled apart by Horses (which includes former student, James Brown).
Our University's involvement with the festival has been expanding year on year, with a range of our students getting involved in various ways at the weekend.
Around 80 music studentshelped to carry outartist liaison, stage management and live sound across 20 different venues, which also included solely running the Leeds Met Stage 2 venue. Thanks to our Partnership Volunteering programme two of our festival volunteers worked as Media Interns during the festival, live blogging and tweeting from the event. You can read about their Live at Leeds experience via our festival volunteering blog.
Events Management students made their mark on the festival in a number of ways. Threegroups took the opportunity to use the event as part of their 'PES assessment' for the Production of Events module.
A group of sevenmanaged the Wristband Exchange, which was held at Leeds First Direct Arena, and ensured festival-goers, press, media, VIPs and guests had easy access to all the events and that the 15,000 people who turned up to the festival could make the most of the event.
A second group event managed The Unconference, a music industry event in collaboration between Live at Leeds and our University. With a relaxed, though very professional, take on a conference, itfeatured aday of seminars and workshops curated by ex-Forward Russia guitarist, and Dance To The Radio founder Whiskas, aka Samuel Nicholls, who is also a lecturer in the School of Film, Music & Performing Arts. Guests include Jen Long (Radio 1, BBC3, Kissability), as well as representatives from record labels, festivals and music promoters.
A third group ran The Live At Leeds Football Tournament on Monday 5 May. There are 32 football teams made up of bands, promoters and the venues involved in Live At Leeds who will battle it out on the pitch to win the ultimate prize - The Live At Leeds Trophy. Therewas alsolots of fun planned away from the pitch, with a host of fundraising activities in aid of Martin House Children's Hospice, as well as the East Leeds FM Awning Stage returning with live music from 1pm.
Simon Bell, Managing Cultural & Major Events Course Leader, who leads the Production of Events Module, explained that the planning and management of the Professional Events Solutions (PES) assessment gives students a great chance to gain useful industry experience and put into practice what they learn during their degree studies, all a valuable part of the Live at Leeds Partnership.
Our Broadcast Media Technologies students televised the Unconference, broadcast live Acoustic Sessions from Blue Laurel and Pip Mountjoy on Saturday and live streamed the whole of the four hour Dance To The Radio event on Saturday.
Course leader Hugo Smith said: "We were delighted to hear that our clients over the Live at Leeds weekend were so pleased with the professional attitude of BMT students televising the events and that they rated the quality of our live multi-camera coverage so highly. The students showed great enthusiasm and delivered professional level content. They should be really proud of their achievements."
Our talented staff, students and alumni also took to the stage:
Bearfoot Beware, Brudenell Social Club
Bricks Without Straws, Hirsts Yard
Goodbye Chanel, A Nation of Shopkeepers
iForward Russia, Leeds Town Hall
I Like Trains, Leeds Town Hall
Munich, Brudenell Social Club
NARCS, Brudenell Social Club
OtherPeoplesLives, Belgrave Music Hall
Pulled Apart By Horses, Brudenell Social Club
Quentin's Basement, The Packhorse
Treason Kings, Milo