Thursday 23 November 2017
Earlier this week, students from BA (Hons) Popular Music Production and BSc (Hons) Live Sound Technology visited the O2 Arena in Greenwich for a site visit to the Queens of the Stone Age tour. Students met with seasoned stage manager Steve Cheney; production manager, Rob; and stage manager, Jack. The students had the opportunity to discuss the logistical and technical requirements of such a large production and were particularly impressed by how quickly Rob and Jack had managed to progress within their careers. It was a great chance for the students to appreciate the possible career paths within the live events industry and to see how commitment and aptitude can be rewarded by such exciting opportunities.
To prove the point, the students were then given access to the gig – which was impressive in itself – but made even more interesting by their insider knowledge of the production behind it. Thanks to the production team for their time and to Andrew Horsburgh and Neil Brooming for organising the visit. The students really benefitted from the context that such visits are able to provide.