2017’s Truck Festival will be remembered for many reasons – from The Libertines unbelievable Saturday headline set, to the treacherous mud that swamped the Oxfordshire bash. Thankfully the weather did not dampen our BIMM students’ spirits, a handful of whom performed and worked backstage on the festival’s famed Barn Stage.
The weekend saw a host of impressive performances from a long list of gifted students. Our hand-picked line-up showcased the sheer level of talent we enjoy across each one of our BIMM colleges, with genres ranging from electro-pop to garage and noise rock. Our full line-up can be found here.
As always our artists gave it their all and braved the rain, wind, and mud to put on a stellar display of live music across the three-day festival. Thankfully the weather didn’t discourage some of the festival’s 12,000 ticket-holders who packed the Barn Stage!
Away from the limelight, many of our non-performance students – including those studying Event Management, Music Business, and Music Journalism courses – were also given a chance to shine in various backstage roles.
This year’s participants gained plenty of valuable experience and exposure, as well as the opportunity to see some of their favourite artists. Reflecting on his experience, Anton Mocock, a second-year Music Business student, said:
“It’s been really good and really muddy! Aside from studying Business, I also do live sound and monitor mixes for artists. It’s been a fun experience for me, and I’ve learned quite a few new things too!”
BIMM Manchester’s Oli Harkness is also just one of many students to have benefitted from our UK festival partnerships. In the past year alone he has worked at 2000trees, Liverpool Sound City, Dot To Dot, and the mother of all festivals – Glastonbury. We asked Oli how Truck Festival compares?
“It’s great helping to put something like Truck Festival together, and it’s also nice to meet all the other people involved and see how they work. Although I’m a stage manager, I’ve had the chance to get involved in a bit of live sound this weekend, and it’s something that will most definitely come in handy in future.”
Also joining us last weekend was a member of our ever-expanding alumni in Georgie Mills, a BIMM London Production graduate, who currently runs her own events company – Hamilton Villas. Georgie told BIMM how work experience at the festival had helped her narrow down her future career choice:
“I’m not 100% sure what I want to do as a career yet, so for me, it’s all about gaining as much experience in as many different areas of the music industry as possible so helping to run the stage at Truck is a great opportunity.”
This year’s Truck Festival will be one to remember! Thanks to all of our BIMM acts and backstage crew. Fortunately, the summer isn’t over yet – BIMM will also be heading out to Y Not festival this weekend. We’ll see you there.