Edge Hill takes over Liverpool Sound City Festival

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Edge Hill takes over Liverpool Sound City Festival

From the stories Edge Hill University at Liverpool Sound City and The Label Recordings


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Edge Hill students will form a massive part of this year’s Liverpool Sound City Festival, competing in the Student Innovation Awards, performing on headline stages, running their own venue and filming the event itself.

Liverpool Sound City is one of the UK’s largest events to take place in an urban environment. Every year it takes over Liverpool’s top venues, sprawling across the city as well as creating its own spaces in churches and abandoned garages to host live performances from over 360 artists. The festival is accompanied by a two-day conference, bringing together over 3000 industry delegates, music lovers and emerging artists around the key themes of the business of music, football and style.

Staff and students across the University will be attending both the festival and the conference, and will play important roles in bringing the Festival to life.

Edge Hill University’s very own record label, The Label Recordings, will host a night of music as part of the Festival at the Kazimier Gardens on Friday 2nd May. The showcase will feature bands signed to The Label, Hooton Tennis Club and The Inkhearts, as well as Beach Skulls and Seafaring Creatures who were chosen by students who volunteer as music talent scouts. A magazine written by students about The Label’s achievements will also be distributed to 3,500 people attending the Sound City Conference.

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In addition, Film and TV Production students have formed a unique collaboration with the festival to film the biggest acts across the headline stages. Students will be responsible for filming, producing and editing the footage into high-quality, professional videos for commercial use by Sound City.

Two Edge Hill students will take part in the prestigious 2014 Student Innovation Awards, defending the University’s win last year which was sealed by Daniel Cain, Charlie Denton and Sean Stoakes for ‘Fanbase’. Laura Stowers and Lyndsey McCormick will compete alongside the brightest and most innovative students in the UK by presenting their idea for an App to a panel of experts.

Dancers from Edge Hill’s dance companies EdgeFWD and 3rd Edge will perform dance pieces Alpha and Lovely Ugly at some of the Festival’s headline stages. You can find more information on EdgeFWD and 3rd Edge at Sound City here.

Roy Bayfield, Director of Corporate Communications and Student Recruitment at Edge Hill University said,

“Sound City is an immensely exciting city-based festival happening right on our doorstep. For a university teaching and researching  music, film, media and performance, there are all sorts of exciting links. Our students are getting opportunities to volunteer, perform, participate in an international conference, pitch business ideas to an expert panel and  film the most interesting  bands. They will be gaining exactly the kind of industry experience that employers want to see, and making contacts that will help them kick-start their careers.  We also have a showcase evening of The Label Recordings, organised by students who are already making headway in the music industry by developing and promoting  some fantastic new talent.

Liverpool Sound City Festival takes place from 1-3 May 2014, you can track Edge Hill’s progress at the Festival by following us on Twitter @edgehill
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