Leeds Festival took place on the August Bank Holiday weekend with the sun shining on festival goers.
The line-up was a mixed affair of rock, indie and dance: Metallica headlined again, The Libertines returned (reformed), Royal Blood (future headliners!), Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Alt-J,The Maccabees all playing main stage sets for an estimated 90,000 festival goers.
This year, we were delighted to see a selection of up and coming BIMM artists given the fantastic opportunity to perform over the weekend too. The ‘Oxfam Music Tent in Association with BIMM’ was a real draw too, located directly outside the main festival arena. We had a mixture of bands, soloists and DJ acts including The Come Down Kings, Acres, Nimino, Joe Dolman, Tierny, Bridges, General iYRO, Akcadamy, Duke Mercury, Atlas Wynd, Mindofalion, Sam Brockington, Johanna Alba, Barron and Rory Indiana.
The Oxfam Music Tent is run in association with the long-established UK charity who have a presence at some of the country’s top music festivals, raising awareness and funds for global poverty, focusing on key issues such as food, water, health and education.
It wasn’t just BIMM performance students that benefited from the Leeds Festival experience — backstage at the Oxfam Music Tent a group of BIMM live sound and production students and BIMM event management students were running the stage, making sure the sound was top-notch and the line-up ran smoothly over the four days. BIMM are committed to getting our students to the heart of the festival experience, and we are extremely excited to be adding the Oxfam Music Tent to our growing list of UK festival connections.
Suzi Ireland BIMM’s Artist Promotion & Festival Manager was at the festival and had this to say: “BIMM were delighted to collaborate with the wonderful Oxfam charity to host their music tent at the famous Leeds festival this year. We presented a host of BIMM acts across the four days of the festival and our live sound and production students ran the stage along with some of our event management students. They ran a tight ship and it was huge success.”