Edge Hill poster for live music night

Live music nights have returned to Edge Hill University to recreate the days when bands like the Smiths played at the campus.

The Students Union has been working with one of the region’s leading art organisations to enhance the cultural life at the University and introduce regular live entertainment.

Cantina launched on 5th October and is a regular Friday night in the Venue, organised in association with Liverpool Sound City.

The initiative was launched by Carl Hunter, senior lecturer in Media and also a band member of The Farm, who developed the concept and approached the Students’ Union and Venue.

Carl explained: “There has been a long tradition of live music on campus and it’s great that it’s back after many years. I remember playing here with The Farm myself and have some great memories! Some really big names played here back in the day, including The Smiths, Siouxie and the Banshees, and I’ve always wanted to have something like this recreated so that our students can be involved in live entertainment, both as participants and spectators. It really complements the new Arts Centre offer here, providing another strong on-campus social event.

“Young people need a place to call their own, to meet, to form bands. The Cavern, Eric’s, The 100 Club, The Hacienda, Cream – all these places became a hub for creativity, bands formed, novels were penned, films conceived and futures planned. Cantina is an antidote to mediocrity.”

The SU got on board with enthusiasm, seeing the possibilities for further enhancing on-campus entertainment and creating opportunities for student involvement.

SU Chief Executive Paul Malone said: “It’s fantastic to be involved in creating brilliant nights on campus by programming the best up-and-coming bands with great DJs. We now have students doing everything from publicity to technical liaison, writing reviews and taking photographs, which will open the doors to further opportunities.

“There is also talk of us becoming involved in the annual SoundCity Festival and UK Student Music Awards, including participation and work experience, which will increase employability opportunities for students who become involved. We’re delighted that the SU have been able to help make this all happen.”

The line-up for this month is… 

  • 12th October, Death at Sea and Ninetails (Indie / Rock )
  • 19th October, The Hummingbirds and Eva Peterson (Pop / 60’s and Retro )
  • 26th October, Coffee and Cakes For Funerals and Ady Suleiman (RnB, Urban, Soul)

The Venue is a members club for students and staff. Tickets for the gigs are available from the Students Union are £2 with an NUS card or £5 without. Students who click ‘Going/Attending’ on the Cantina Facebook event page can pick up a FREE ticket until 5pm on Friday. For more information, visit www.edgehillsu.org.uk.