*** Intro by @Wandapops ***
I came to this fine city to study at Leeds Met University, and I graduated from the Events Management degree TEN years ago (!!!) when it was a very new and exciting course. As students, naturally we all wanted to run our own festivals *I still dream of Wendstock* but when it came to getting work experience there was a ridiculous amount of competition for these roles. Imagine then, how proud, pleased and also insanely jealous I was to hear about the partnership between Leeds Met and Festival Republic, who are the organisers of Leeds and Reading Festivals, Latitude Festival, Hove Festival in Norway and operational management for Glastonbury Festival.
Leeds Met has been running volunteering projects ( @festvolunteers) at Festival Republic events since 2007, wisely adding Leeds Festival to the list in more recent years. There are several teams of volunteers from Leeds Met working across the festival with students from a variety of courses. Positions range from stage management, artist liaison, film crew, photographers, running Campsite DJ parties, technical supervisors and HATs (Helpful Arena Teams) who assist festival goers with information. Student nurses are also there helping to run the First Aid Tent.
With over 300 roles available, these are exciting opportunities for students and staff to develop their experience and skills. The Campsite DJs are a good example of how it works well for Festival Republic too. Introduced to give campers something extra to do after the live music has stopped (other than cause trouble!) the Campsite DJ stations run in five locations at Leeds Festival each night. Festival-goers can bring their own music on a CD or I-Pod, and sign up for a DJ slot. How great is that?! It’s been so popular, the volunteers have seen many people returning year after year.
The BBC Introducing Stage gives new unsigned bands a chance to perform at a major UK festival, with performances recorded and broadcast on BBC radio. This stage is run completely by the volunteer team – which is not only great experience at the festival, but they are also making contacts with bands and promoters to work with in Leeds on a more regular basis.
I went along to meet the team at Leeds Festival to find out more about what they do and persuaded them to make a couple of Leeds Playlists to document their role in the festival through music. Here are the results from the BBC Introducing Stage team and the Campsite DJ team. Thanks for letting me come and see you in action guys – you do a great job! I’m still jealous though…
BBC INTRODUCING STAGE MANAGEMENT TEAM
The BBC Introducing Stage at Leeds Festival this year saw some great new artists being showcased. The stage is run by Leeds Metropolitan University Students working in partnership with Festival Republic. Joe Mott (Stage Manager) has pulled together some of the bands that stood out over the 4 days for you to enjoy!
- China Rats – She Never
- Bearfoot Beware – Green Eyes
- Rachel Sermanni – Breathe Easy
- Marmozets – Vexed
- Deaf Club – Moving Still
- Proxies – If I Had A Penny To My Name
- Park Bench Society – Girl from the City
- Dingus Khan – Knifey Spoony
- Mikill Pane – Kings
- Hawk Eyes – Skyspinners
CAMPSITE DJ TEAM
Have you just got back for the mud of Leeds Festival? Did you hear the music on the campsite? The students from Leeds Metropolitan University were running the campsite DJ sites in co-operation with Festival Republic. The DJ team have pick up some of the most popular and varied tunes from across all the camp sites for your enjoyment!
1. Au Seve – Julio Bashmore
2. Chase & Status – No Problem (absolute tune!!)
3. French Fries – Yo Vogue
4. PillowTalk – Soft
5. Mosca – Bax
6. Claude VonStroke – Who’s afraid of Detroit?
7. The Cure – Friday I’m in Love (Friday’s headliners)
8. REM – Man on the Moon (In respect for Neil Armstrong who died on the Sunday)
9. Bassment Jaxx – Where’s your head at? (Chuckie remix)
10. Spaceman (Original Version) – Hardwell