BIMM Manchester undergraduate Hannah Eatwell is wasting no time putting her newly-acquired BA1 Events Management skills to good use. Since 2012 Hannah has been working at the Coalfields Festival in Darton, Yorkshire, a non-profit live music festival with six stages that showcases bands and musicians from the area playing in a range of genres. Money raised from Coalfields Festival goes to the local Barnsley Hospice and other charities.
In 2013, Hannah helped to plan and organise the festival and worked in a stage manager role, and since then, using skills from her BIMM Events Management course, Hannah has been able to work her way up through the ranks of responsibility at the annual festival.
This year’s Coalfields took place on Saturday 11th July and Hannah was on hand once again with a new role, to both stage manage and engineer the Noize Assault stage, home to a line-up of heavy rock and metal acts, where sound levels are crucial – and loud!
“The biggest thing I have learnt from BIMM that has helped me this year is definitely the live sound tech side,’ says Hannah. ‘I had little to no knowledge of live sound before I started at BIMM. It’s by far the most valuable knowledge I have gained, as it can help me to work all over.”
It seems Hannah has found an ideal musical outlet to put her burgeoning BIMM skillset to work, and it’s just what she hoped for when considering BIMM as a place to study:
“The primary reason I wanted to attend BIMM on the Event Management degree was to learn the knowledge behind live sound tech. Now, with that knowledge, my aspiration is to be able to use it to the best of my abilities and to engineer more bands at more and more events.”
No doubt the future’s bright, and loud, for Hannah!