BIMM Brighton Freshers Events

It’s that fantastic time of year where we’re joined by a brand new cohort of students, all starting the courses which will in-turn lead them into bright young careers in the music industry. Before all that though, there’s the important matter of our Freshers events to address. Here’s a run-down of what’s on for our new BIMM Brighton students. 

On top of various enrolment and induction events to help you acclimatise to your new surroundings, there are heaps of music industry panels (all held from 11am-5pm at Patterns on the seafront) plus live music events featuring some of the city’s hottest bands. All industry panels are free-entry for anyone who wishes to attend, and BIMM Freshers gain free entry to all listed live music events with the wristband they received at enrolment – no need to reserve a ticket!

Existing BIMM students (year 2/3) and alumni will be eligible for discounted tickets with a valid BIMM student ID. Students from other colleges/universities are also welcome to purchase tickets with a valid university ID. Standard price tickets are available for non-students for £20.

Just ONE ticket is all you need to gain access to ALL the live music events throughout the week!


All events brought to you in association with Hot Wax Promotions and RixonMusic.

Monday 24th

11am – Welcome to Brighton
Everything you need to know about Freshers week as well as an introduction to some key contacts who will support you throughout your BIMM journey.

12pm – 1pm Brighton’s Music Scene
Harry Saunders from Scruff of the Neck gives you an overview on Brighton’s music scene, the bands the venues, everything you need to know.

2pm – Meet the Industry
Key members of Brighton’s music industry to talk about their roles, how they got there, advice they would give to students.

3pm – Meet the Students
Current students or alumni from BIMM, all from different courses. Use this as an opportunity to freely ask any question about BIMM, the course or Brighton.

4pm – Music Quiz
Get your thinking caps on for some music-based trivia with your host James Watts. Previous prizes have included recording sessions, Amazon vouchers and brand new vinyl releases. Event is a 10 minute walk from Patterns at Dead Wax Social (18a Bond Street).

7pm – Gig option 1 at Patterns

Amazing live performances from pop-grunge trio Sœur, local raw alt rock trio Lazy Bones, BIMM Brighton indie rock grads’ Youth Sector and the excellent new wave indie trio Currls.
Official Event Page here.

7pm – Gig option 2 at The Hope & Ruin

Curated by QM Records, this line-up features a soulful selection of artists including Jazzy R’n’B vocalist Chloe Bodur, Soulful Hip Hop from Francesca Fulmini, electronic dance artist Kai Khan
and 7 piece alt-soul outfit SilverTongue. Official event page here.

Tuesday 25th

11am – 5pm Freshers Fair (upstairs at Patterns)

A series of stalls for you to explore from companies and individuals throughout Brighton’s music industry and others further afield.

7pm – Gig option 1 at Patterns

Featuring indie pop rock troupe Fake Laugh, melancholy popsters Birthday Card, dream pop quintet The Villaś and psychedelic shoegaze four-piece Lacuna Bloome. Official event page here.

7pm – Gig option 2 at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar (Middle Street)

Head along the seafront to one of the city’s premier basement rock clubs for a generous helping of noise from Kent-based punk trio Lady Bird, Brighton power-duo Sit Down, fuzzed-out four piece Beach Riot and all-female garage rock duo ARXXOfficial event page here.

Wednesday 26th

More industry panels at Patterns.

11am – Taking care of yourself

A discussion on how to balance your studies and have fun whilst looking after your health. Tips and tricks from people in the industry. Who you can turn to for support if you need it.

12pm -1pm Your physical health

A workshop presented by your Student Support team, What to do when… everyone will be in groups and given scenarios. It gives you the opportunity to talk about your experiences, and what you have done to overcome them.

2pm – Top networking tips

Everyday you will meet someone who is active in Brighton’s music industry. Get some tips on how to make the right first impression and how to give yourself a leg up in the industry.

3pm – Networking session

Now you’ve got the networking tips, meet some of peers and introduce yourself.

4pm – Your mental health

Musicians and Students discuss with the Student Support team how they manage their mental health whilst working within music. Along with advice on what to do if you need support​

5pm – 6pm Alcohol & music

Alcohol and music go hand in hand for most people, here are some tips on how you can maintain a healthy relationship with alcohol, and advice on how to maintain a career in music if you want to abstain from alcohol altogether.

7pm – Gig at Patterns

Lo-fi 60’s guitars meet primal rockabilly pop in the form of Hotel Lux who are joined by fuzzed-out punk troupe GURU, heavy rock quartet El Moono and Brighton-based retro garage trio Demonstrations. Official Event Page here.

11pm – Club night

The fun continues after the gig, with one of the main highlights of BIMM Brighton’s Freshers week… our infamous throwback 90s vs. 00s night at one of Brighton’s biggest and best nightclubs… Revenge Brighton! Expect the biggest pop, cheese, R&B, dance & rock anthems from the 90s & 00s. Plus free glowsticks & free UV facepainting! Free entry for wristband holders, £2 otherwise. Official event page here.

Thursday 27th

More industry panels at Patterns.

11am – Equality in music

The music industry is an incredible place, with some incredible things happening. Here are some programmes and initiatives that are happening throughout the world, with advice on what you can do to get more involved.

12pm – 1pm Amazing women in music

Some amazing women in Brighton’s music industry talking about what they do and other women that they are inspired by.

2pm – LGBTQA+ In music

LGBTQA+ The acronym for “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual, & Allies.”  musicians and industry talking about their experience in Brighton, whilst discussing issues that they have faced and how they have overcome them.

3pm – Celebrating BAME in music

BAME is the acronym for “Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicities” Panelists will discuss what music is to them, how they celebrate themselves and their own culture in their music and how you can too.

4pm – Accessibility in music

A talk about ensuring music is accessible to all. How can we make our venues accessible to those with physical and mental disabilities.

5pm – Physical disabilities 

A panel with students from BIMM that have physical disabilities discussing how they have been able to perform in live music venues throughout the city.

7pm – Gig option 1 at Patterns

The fun continues with more live music. Featuring sets from electronic trio Patawawa, BIMM Bristol’s own rising electronic R’n’B star Harvey Causon (solo), Brighton’s own dream pop soloist la lune and lo-fi hip hop from local beatmaker Klsr. Official event page here.

7pm – Gig option 2 at the Brunswick

If you’re looking for some laid-back sounds then this gig will most certainly be worth checking out. Featuring the songwriting talents Brooke Bentham (who’s been likened to the War On Drugs or Ryan Adams with the added emotional vocal depths of Sharon Van Etten or Angel Olsen), the gig also sees blues and soul tinged vibes from Sam Brockington, heartfelt and intimate folk from BIMM Brighton gradaute Amelia Caesar and yet more folk music from singer/songwriter HoraceOfficial event page

Friday 28th

To finish off the week of Freshers festivities, we invite you along to one of Brighton’s premier rehearsal and recording studios; Brighton Electric. Those of you studying Music Production will become very familiar with this amazing place during your time at BIMM, as will the performers among you.

Tonight will feature some live music, drinks deals at the bar and DJ sets into the night. Come and have a mingle!  Official event page here.



For any other info about tickets, check out the Rixon Music website, here.

POSTED ON: September 18, 2018
  • Brighton