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Wednesday 22 June 2016

35 lucky students work at Glastonbury

As 200,000 people are packing their bags for the start of the legendary Glastonbury Festival on Wednesday, 35 students from Southampton Solent University are already on-site and filming.

And ahead of Thursday’s EU membership vote, Solent students will be touring the site to get festivalgoers’ perspectives on the referendum – whether they’ve made their postal vote, how they’ve voted and why. They’ll even be interviewing Jeremy Corbyn at Left Field on Sunday, for distribution worldwide to press agencies and broadcasters.

One crew member capturing the festival last year

With a twelve-year history at Glastonbury, Southampton Solent is well established as one of the festival’s main media partners, second only to the BBC. Past years have seen students filming everything from politics and poetry in Left Field to superstar performances on the main stages… and the occasional wedding proposal!

The crew from 2008

Since 2004, Solent’s enthusiastic and expert students and staff have been delivering technical support, broadcast film and creative content to the festival and news outlets alike – and once again in 2016 the Solent team will be a key part of producing and packaging footage for delivery to everyone from Channel 4 to Reuters to South Korean TV.

Chloe Smith, second-year BA (Hons) Television and Video Production student, says: “I’m filming the Left Field stage as a camera operator. It’s going to be a lot of debates and acoustic music at the end of the night – I’m really excited! It’s really good to go out there and get that experience in the real world.”

First photo of this year’s film crew at Glastonbury 2016

This year Solent will be focusing on the Green Fields, Left Field and the Silver Hayes dance area, helping bring these less well-known areas to the big screen. On Friday, a six-camera team from Solent will be filming a selection of grime artists on the Sonic stage, including MOBO award-winner Kano, for a Saturday-night BBC 2 documentary on the grime scene.

It’s not just media students who will be benefiting from the Glastonbury partnership, either; Sam O’Toole, who just finished third-year LLB Law, will be on-site as the copyright officer for the Sonic stage. “I’ve been getting all the contracts signed by artists’ management, so that we’re able to film… I’m ready to put everything I’ve learned into practice. Can’t wait!”

Photo of the student film crew from Glastonbury 2014

Tony Steyger, Academic Leader for the University’s Solent Productions team, says: “It takes three months of planning to recruit the students, liaise with the organisers and set up the infrastructure which includes two portacabins, two OB [outside broadcast] vehicles, seventeen cameras, a bolt-on satellite dish for the portacabin roof, a kilometre of cabling – and plenty of hand sanitiser and Wellington boots.

“It’s a huge undertaking – but it’s worth it. Students who make it onto the Glastonbury crew always exceed my expectations. They raise their game in whatever role they take in the face of adversity and unforeseen dramas. At the end of the week many will have had the toughest but most rewarding professional experience of their lives- and they are transformed as a result.”

Follow our students and staff behind the scenes at Glastonbury 2016 using #SolentGlasto on Twitter.

Tune in to YouTube for footage uploaded over the weekend