Posted on August 18, 2015
More than 30,000 people enjoyed the delights of a sun-soaked Latitude at the weekend – but a group of Suffolk New College students got to see an entirely different side of the festival.
The Music Technology students were given a full tour of the backstage facilities at the Henham Park spectacular by Steve Cheney, stage manager at Latitude and also at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, and the Big Chill.
The group, accompanied by Live Sound Lecturer James Burrows, had the chance to ask questions and then enjoy the music, comedy and poetry with other revellers.
Two of the students - Jake Aylward and Conor Bryant - were given the further opportunity of spending the whole weekend at the festival working as crew in the backstage area.
Their role involved directly liaising with artists including The Vaccines, Django Django, La Roux and Seasick Steve.
Conor said the experience of working at Latitude had been fantastic.
“When the opportunity was given I felt like I was prepared because of the real workplace experience I had from the course and its tutors.”
Jake added: “The Music Tech course really prepared me for working in the industry because of the real world assignments.”
The special visit was arranged in conjunction with the Creative and Cultural Skills Academy, which works to give young people opportunities to work and learn in the creative industries.
Craig Shimmon, Music Technology Course Leader, said: “We are so lucky to be able to offer so many real world opportunities to our students.
“This is another fantastic example of our students being able to get really hands-on with what is happening in the world of music technology.”