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Thursday 21 March 2019

A group of music and media technology students recently had the fantastic opportunity to meet Steve Cheney, a highly experienced stage manager who has worked for Glastonbury, Latitude and other festivals.

The students visited Steve at Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), where his team were working on the set-up for that evening's Snow Patrol gig. All the students on the trip were delighted to also be given a standing ticket to see Roe, Kodaline and Snow Patrol.

Ehlana Godfrey, BSc (Hons) Live Sound Technology student told us: “When we arrived we were taken to the main auditorium to watch the stage set-up. We then got to chat with Steve about his experiences of working on festivals, picking his brain for tips on how to make your way in the music industry. The gig was fantastic, with each student focusing on their respective area of interest - a few asked the tour manger about the audio system, one had a chat to the laser technician and others were impressed by the speedy changeovers between songs.

Picture of Solent students at Bournemouth International Centre

"The best bit of the trip was the fact that we got to see the room being transformed from the beginning of the build, with flight cases and cables everywhere, to the evening performance, with a filled venue and a wonderful atmosphere.”

Paul Rutter, Head of Music at Solent commented: "It was such a great experience for our music and sound students to observe the sound stage and set up Snow Patrol's show. Solent Futures and Creative & Cultural Skills provided this rare opportunity and insight, boosting career awareness for our students."

Picture of solent students watching the stage set-up for a snow patrol gig