With live music now a key route to profitability in the music industry, it’s no wonder that the music festival market has gone from nothing to one of the fastest growing sectors of the British economy in only 25 years.
We know our students are itching to get their hands (and their feet) dirty with real-world work experience, so we’ve partnered with some of the best festivals around to make it happen.
This year, BIMM will be The Great Escape’s lead education partner for the second year running, hosting three events at the festival in Brighton during May – the ‘BIMM Official Showcase’, the ‘BIMM Student Sessions’ with UK Music, and BIMM’s ‘Alternative Escape’ gig.
June sees BIMM getting down and dirty at the mother of all festivals – Glastonbury! For the second year running, a selection of BIMM artists and bands will be gracing the solar-powered Croissant Neuf bandstand in the Green Fields across the weekend, and we’ll also have a team of five talented BIMM students managing the stage.
For the third year running, students from across our BIMM colleges will head to the magical Cotswold Hills in July for the three-day musical adventure that is the 2000trees festival. Twenty two BIMM artists will be performing stripped-back and acoustic tracks on The Forest Sessions stage, and up to 30 additional students are set to play crucial technical and administrative roles across the festival.
This year we have a new festival on our list in the form of the brilliant Truck Festival in July. BIMM will be running the famous Barn Stage, with 29 musicians from across all seven BIMM campuses performing at the award-winning three-day event. Our Event Management and Music Business students will also be helping out with sound engineering, artist liaison, stage management, backline teching and production.
On the back of last year’s success at the Y Not Festival in The Peak District, we’re back again this July as an official partner – this time providing the line-up for the brand new ‘Arnie’s in Association with BIMM‘ stage. Arnie Flowers is the owner and farmer of Green View Farm in Pikehall in Derbyshire, where Y Not Festival takes place, and the stage will showcase36 artists/bands and DJs from our BIMM colleges across the weekend.
September will see us return to Together the People festival in Brighton, now in its second year, where we’ll be running the ‘BIMM Presents’ music stage across the two day event. A selection of bands from BIMM Brighton will perform and our students will be backstage too, helping to produce the ‘BIMM Presents’ line-up in conjunction with the festival’s own production team, as well as performing various other roles across the site.
So whichever BIMM college you choose to study at, they’ll be plenty of opportunities for practical on-the-job training at some great festivals. How’s that for connected?!