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 once again be partnering with The Great Escape, hosting two events at the festival in Brighton during May – the ‘BIMM Official Showcase’ and BIMM’s ‘Alternative Escape’ gig. A multitude of students will also be working at the festival, using the skills they have learnt at BIMM to make sure the weekend runs smoothly.
A week later, five acts from across the BIMM college’s will get the chance to get seen at our exclusive artist showcase at Liverpool Sound City. Alongside the showcase we will also be holding a BIMM panel at the conference too.
June sees BIMM getting down and dirty at the mother of all festivals – Glastonbury! For the third 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 talented BIMM students managing the stage.
For the fourth 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. 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 33 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.
We’re back at Y Not Festival in The Peak District, once again as an official partner – we will be providing the line-up for the ‘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 showcase 41 artists/bands and DJs from our BIMM colleges across the weekend.
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?!