BIMM AT THE FESTIVALS: 2016 ROUND UP

Life at BIMM doesn’t just revolve around the classroom; we’ve also been getting out and about at some of the UK’s biggest festivals.

So far we’ve rocked The Great Escape, partied our way through Liverpool Sound City and braved perhaps the muddiest Glastonbury ever, all while showcasing promising BIMM acts from our Brighton, Bristol, Dublin, Manchester, London and Berlin colleges.

Summer 2016 has been an absolute blast. Fortunately for us, the festival season is far from over, and we’ve still a few more dates left, including Glass Butter Beach in Wales and the second ever Together The People festival in Brighton.

We’ve penned a round-up of our involvement with this year’s best festivals, as well as some information on where to see us next.

The Great Escape 19 – 21 May

The Great Escape in Brighton holds a very special place in our heart. The festival is one of the biggest events on the music calendar, attracting revered labels, journalists and bloggers from all over the world.

As always, we handpicked five fantastic acts from each of our regional colleges to perform in front of a large audience of fans and industry professionals.

Atlas Wynd, Keziah, Good Foxy, The Island Club and Rozelle all completely stole the show with highly professional and entertaining sets. The applause from the TGE audience was deafening, with many screaming for encores. We’re already counting down the days to the next year’s event.

Liverpool Sound City 28 – 29 May

We’ve travelled the length and breadth of the country over the past few months, from the South Coast to the North West.

By far, one of the biggest highlights on our BIMM tour was curating a stage at the spectacular Liverpool Sound City festival, where we returned for our third year.

The action took place at the Cavern Stage and again saw a whole host of brilliant acts from across our BIMM colleges.

Liverpool is always an excellent gig, and our acts rose to the occasion. Storme, Bridges, Vernon Jane, Atlas Wynd and Barron were among the acts providing the noise. Once again, we were able to cement BIMM’s reputation as the go-to place for new musical talent.

Glastonbury Festival 22 -26 June

This year’s Glastonbury Festival did not disappoint with huge headline performances from Muse, Adele and Coldplay, who closed Sunday night with a very special appearance from none other than Michael Eavis himself.

Anyone lucky enough to get tickets for this year’s event will know there was only one place to be that weekend – The Croissant Neuf Bandstand in Glasto’s stunning Green Fields!

Our annual residency saw performances from several BIMM acts, including Frankie Furlow, Charlotte Cannon, Sam Craighan, Circe’s Diner, Sam Brockington and Episodes.

All of our performers did a fantastic job in representing BIMM. We got the chance to show what we’re about – diversity, talent and a passion for new music. Emily Eavis, take note!

2000Trees 7 – 9 July

If there’s one thing we love about UK festivals, it’s having the opportunity to spend a weekend in some of the country’s most scenic and picturesque regions.

That was exactly the case when we arrived at the ever-popular 2000Trees festival in the genteel Cotswolds.

The festival, which showcases brand new and underground talent, has become a rite of passage for music fans. This latest outing was our third year working with 2000Trees, and if this 2016’s antics have anything to go by, the festival has a long and prosperous future.

We took up residence in the aptly named Forest Sessions area, where 22 BIMM artists performed beautiful acoustic versions of their work. BIMM favourites Michael Vickers, thoughts, Aaron Rowe, Chloe Leigh and The Willow Trio were among the acts on our lineup.

The weekend was a huge success, and it was great to meet so many other budding musicians, some of which had studied at BIMM themselves. Once again, none of this would have been possible without our 30-strong technical team of students who worked tirelessly backstage!

Truck 15 – 17 July

We’re always proud to support the UK’s best independent music festivals. So it was with great pleasure that we sponsored The Barn Stage at Truck 2016.

The Oxfordshire-based festival saw standout performances from indie heroes Catfish & The Bottlemen, rock legends Manic Street Preaches and everyone’s favourite Irish troubadours Kodaline.

Over on The Barn stage, poncho-clad revellers were treated to a vast programme of up and coming BIMM acts, with over 25 bands and artists performing throughout the weekend.

Of course, nothing would’ve been possible without the hard work of our student backstage staff and technicians, who all did an incredible job of managing the stage.

Speaking at the festival was BIMM alumnus Jack Bonney, who said: ”It definitely gives BIMM a good name because it went really well.”

“People are surprised at the level of professionalism we bring to the stage and what we can run. The atmosphere is excellent.” Our sentiments exactly Jack.

Y Not 29 – 31 July

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our many years touring the country’s festivals, it’s that Derbyshire’s Y Not knows how to throw a party!

The multi-award winning festival, now in its 11th year, couldn’t have gone any better with incredible performances from the likes of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Madness.

Sharing the bill with Noel and Suggs, were 41 mega-talented students and 4 DJs from across our BIMM colleges. Rock, electro, indie, punk, folk and nearly every other genre could be heard on the ‘Arnie’s in Association with BIMM stage’.

Speaking ahead of BIMM’s second stint at Y Not, our Artist Promotion & Festival Manager, Suzi Ireland said: “After a very successful trial year, BIMM are delighted to have been invited back to run a stage at this year’s Y Not Festival. It appears every genre is covered from post-punk weirdness to soothing electro through to good ole’ rock and roll.”

Together The People 3 – 4 September

We’ve been eagerly anticipating forward to Brighton’s second ever Together The People festival for some time now – not least because the likes of Brian Wilson, Suede, Peter Hook and Gaz Coombes are due to play.

BIMM is also an important partner of TTP and we’re expecting big things once again, following the success of last year’s bash.

Once again, we’ll be taking care of the weekend’s new music bill, with performances from a long list of BIMM acts:

Voodoo and the Crypts, SEATS, Post-Heather, Mindofalion, Penelope Isles, Atlas Wynd, Fur, Egyptian Blue, Mother Me, Frankie Furlow, House Points, Episodes, One Eyed Jacks, The Island Club, The Rocking Horse Club and Wild Front.

You’ll find more information about Together The People here.

Glass Butter Beach 19 – 21 August

If here’s one festival that wins our vote for ‘best name’, it’s Glass Butter Beach every time.

We’ll be returning to the breathtaking Abersoch coast in North Wales again this August, with – you guessed it – more talented BIMM bands and performers.

Confirmed headliners for the event are Wolf Alice, Kodaline and the first lady of urban dance music, Miss Katy B.

But music isn’t the only reason to head to the idyllic Welsh coast. Glass Butter Beach is also the place to catch some of the world’s best wakeboarders, skaters and surfers.

If you like your music served with a healthy dose of extreme sports, join us from 19 – 21 August.

For more information on BIMM and our involvement with the above events, visit our Festivals page. We hope to see you at one of our stages very soon!

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