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Thursday 15 June 2017

From audio engineering behind the scenes to performing on stage, thirty Solent students got valuable industry experience by working at local music festival, Southampton City LIVE.

The festival, now in its third year, saw a variety of local performers take to the stage to entertain the local community in Southampton’s Palmerston Park.

Solent was proud to support and sponsor Southampton City LIVE, and students from across the university’s course portfolio – including media culture and production, music journalism, film production, and television studio production – helped to run the day.

It wasn’t just students, though. Solent staff and alumni also got in on the action with live performances on the main stage.

Anete Hiie, Graduate Associate at Solent Music, was amongst those helping to co-ordinate the activity, alongside event organisers Matt Bunday Events.

She says: “Being involved in the co-ordination of this event has provided me with the opportunity to both work on a live project and also showcase the creativity of Solent students, staff and alumni.”

Calumn Lintott, 2015 year graduate from the popular music performance and production course, was also amongst those that took part. Since leaving Solent, Calum has gone on to establish strong roots in the local music scene, and will shortly be performing at Southampton's new venue The Loft.

He says: “I was delighted to be able to work with Solent in delivering Southampton City LIVE!” It’s been great to be able to access student support; the team did a great job.”

Calumn performing at the event

Matt Jury is Station Manager at Sonar TV, Solent Students’ Union’s television production society. As well as working for Solent, he’s currently in his second year studying BA (Hons) Television Production.

He explains: “Outdoor festivals provide an exciting challenge for us to work on as you never know what conditions you’ll be working in.

“While you can read about other people’s experiences, it’s not until you actually come across these yourself that you fully know how to respond. The practical-based knowledge Solent provides is great.”

Sonar TV made an overview video of the event – take a look!

The photos throughout this article were taken by Emily-Jade Young, who is going into her 2nd year of BA (Hons) Music Journalism.