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Edge Hill University has joined forces with Liverpool Sound City for its annual conference and festival for the third year in a row.

This year, Edge Hill is Sound City’s Industry Connection Partner, allowing students from across the University the opportunity to perform at the festival, participate in the conference, and work on film projects across the new site on Liverpool’s docklands. The University also acted as the main sponsor of Sound City’s Conference Marketplace, supporting student roundtables, How Sessions and Panels with industry experts.

Liverpool Sound City Festival and Conference, which takes place over five days in Liverpool, is fast becoming one of the most high profile events in the UK music industry.

Students at Liverpool Sound City 2015 – Video

Edge Hill University played a vital role at this year’s Liverpool Sound City Festival. Edge Hill Film and TV students shot a video exploring the wide range of exciting projects which students and staff were engaged with during the Festival’s biggest ever year.

Edge Hill is Sound City’s 2015 Industry Connection Partner, which allowed students from across the University the opportunity to perform at the festival, participate in the conference, and work on film projects across the new site on Liverpool’s docklands. The University also acted as the main sponsor of Sound City’s Conference Marketplace, supporting student roundtables, How Sessions and Panels with industry experts.

Crew:

Producer: Aurelija Zubaviciute
Editor: Dominic Smith
Sound: Luke Pearson
Camera:
Robert Monteith
Louis Kitchen
Ted Tomkins
Patrick Foster
Toni Jordan
Hanna Manalo
Santiago Rodriguez
Daniel Seddon
Jemma Perrin
Adam Smith

Edge Hill at Sound City photo gallery

Take a look at a gallery of images taken from Edge Hill’s involvement at this year’s Liverpool Sound City Festival 2015.

This year, Edge Hill is Liverpool Sound City’s Industry Connection Partner, allowing students from across the University the opportunity to perform at the festival, participate in the conference, and work on film projects across the new site on Liverpool’s docklands. The University also acted as the main sponsor of Sound City’s Conference Marketplace, supporting student roundtables, How Sessions and Panels with industry experts.

Maybe, Raglan? perform at Liverpool Sound City Festival

Take a look at a video of Edge Hill University student band Maybe, Raglan? performing their song Rodeo live at Liverpool Sound City Festival.

This year, Edge Hill is Liverpool Sound City’s Industry Connection Partner, allowing students from across the University the opportunity to perform at the festival, participate in the conference, and work on film projects across the new site on Liverpool’s docklands. The University also acted as the main sponsor of Sound City’s Conference Marketplace, supporting student roundtables, How Sessions and Panels with industry experts.

Listen to more tracks from Maybe, Raglan? here. 

Edge Hill leads the way with expanded partnership at Sound City Festival

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Edge Hill University students and staff worked on a range of exciting projects during Liverpool’s biggest ever Sound City Festival.

Following Edge Hill being announced as Sound City’s 2015 Industry Connection Partner, students from across the University had the chance to perform at the festival, participate in the conference, and work on film projects across the new site on Liverpool’s docklands. The University also acted as the main sponsor of Sound City’s Conference Marketplace, supporting student roundtables, How Sessions and Panels with industry experts.

Roy Bayfield, Edge Hill’s Director of Corporate Communications said:

“This is the third year of the University’s innovative partnership with Liverpool Sound City Festival. Working with an exciting music festival like Sound City means that our students are gaining unique opportunities which really set them apart in the competitive graduate job market. Beyond that we have made a creative input into the Festival through dance, music and filmmaking – we are proud of our distinctive contributions to an amazing event in the city.”

Dance group EdgeFWD performed REVOLT, a powerful, splintering explosion of Northern, working class grit, at the popular Baltic Stage on Saturday night, making this the third year in a row that the dance group have performed at the festival.

Edge FWD was established in 2010 by Senior Lecturer and choreographer Debbie Milner with the aim of performing, teaching and encouraging boys and young men to feel confident about dancing and helping them to see dance as a career choice.

Dave Pichlingi, CEO of Liverpool Sound City Festival said:

“What a weekend! After an amazing 4 days, this was the best Sound City we have ever delivered…over 22,000 people on the Liverpool Docklands, over 3,600 delegates registered for the conference and the feedback is unanimously positive.

“As our 2015 Industry Connection Partner, Edge Hill University played a key role in this. From the hosting of the Marketplace, which was a highlight of the 2015 Conference, to the film team led by Carl Hunter and Clare Heney, to EdgeFWD’s stand out performance at the Baltic Stage, the fantastic reception, the brilliant and packed out’The Label’ showcase, to students doing work placements on the site and attending roundtable sessions to network with industry – Edge Hill University was woven throughout the fabric of Sound City 2015 and was the ideal ascending educational brand to work with as we took a huge leap forward.”

“We are excited about the future and look forward to working with Edge Hill for what we hope will be many years to come”

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Students also had the chance to take over Sound City’s Kraken Stage as Edge Hill University’s not-for-profit record label, The Label Recordings showcased its current roster alongside some of the city’s best local talent.

The Label had previously hosted its own stage at the festival in 2014, when one of their first signings Hooton Tennis Club were scouted by Heavenly Recordings. The band have since gone on to be named NME’s Band of the Week, secure a slot at Glastonbury Festival and receive radio-play on Radio One.

Film and TV students from Edge Hill’s Department of Media were kept busy throughout the festival as they captured footage across the site, documenting the festival’s live acts and contributing towards a poetic film about Liverpool being created by Film lecturers Carl Hunter and Clare Heney.

The film will explore the new Liverpool Sound City site through the voices of musicians, dockers, immigrants, poets, Merseybeat Musicians, and music industry giants, set against visuals of Sound City’s unique docklands site.

Nominated for best UK metropolitan festival for the 5th year running, Liverpool Sound City is a 3-day festival of live music and arts, hosted on Liverpool’s docklands.

Edge Hill’s work with Sound City is just one example of the work the University undertakes in partnership with organisations across the creative sector, supporting arts and culture in the region while opening up opportunities for students.

 

 

Department of Performing Arts at Liverpool Sound City 2014

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Students and staff from the Department of Performing Arts at Edge Hill University helped bring music festival, Liverpool Sound City, to life this year.

Edge Hill dance companies Edge FWD and 3rd Edge both brought their unique and powerful brand of performance to some of Liverpool’s most iconic venues as part of the internationally renowned festival’s programme.

All-male dance company EdgeFWD, and all-female company 3rd Edge, shared the stage with established and up-and-coming artists from across the world, including House chart-toppers Clean Bandit, Irish rock band Kodaline, Swedish-Australian duo, Say Lou Lou, and London soul collective, Jungle.

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EdgeFWD performed Alpha, a study on male group behaviour that explores ideas of manhood and masculinity through movement in a way that is sensitive, silly and fun. The 15-minute piece was created by renowned choreographer Anthony Missen’s Chameleon Company and features Survivor’s 80s hit, Eye of the Tiger.

The talented group, who have been recognised for championing male dance across the UK, appeared at Liverpool Cathedral, as well as performing at The Factory on Seel Street.

The boys joined forces with Edge Hill’s female dance company, 3rd Edge, for two performances of Lovely Ugly, a piece inspired by Dylan Thomas.

The 10-minute work was created by dance artists and Edge Hill academics, James Hewison and Michelle Man, who worked with students from the two dance companies. Created to mark the centenary of Thomas’ birth, it takes its name from his description of Swansea, his birthplace, as “an ugly, lovely town” and is a physical representation of the writer’s rhythmic and ingenious use of language.

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The two companies supported Clean Bandit at Liverpool Cathedral before performing on the Moon Museum stage on Parr Street.

Senior Lecturer in Dance, Debbie Milner, who was instrumental in forming EdgeFWD in 2010, said:

“This is the second time EdgeFWD have appeared at Liverpool Sound City. Last year, they were involved in “guerrilla” performances in The Garage, which went down very well with audiences. This year, they performed at the Cathedral, with some of the country’s biggest acts, and on the Moon Museum stage, which was right at the centre of all the festival action.

Being in the official line-up, alongside acts like Clean Bandit and Kodaline, gives both groups much more visibility and the chance to impress festival-goers and reviewers alike. It’s a real step up for them and shows their progression as artists.”

Liverpool Sound City is the largest international music, digital and film festival and conference in the UK, playing host to more than 360 artists in 25 venues across the city.

Find out more about studying Dance at Edge Hill here.

 

Edge Hill makes an impact at Liverpool Sound City Festival

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Students and staff at Edge Hill University played a massive role in bringing the leading music festival, Liverpool Sound City, to life this weekend.

A team of students were involved in an innovative partnership with Liverpool Sound City, filming the festival’s best acts and editing the footage ‘live’ to create high-quality videos of bands including Clean Bandit, Kodaline, The Neighbourhood and The Tea Street Band.

A total of 22 students took on roles such as Camera Operator, Sound Technician, Production Manager and Producer to deliver the finished videos which are already being used by Liverpool Sound City to promote the festival worldwide.

Film and Television student and Sound City Production Manager Aurelija Zubaviciute said,

“Sound City has been an extraordinary experience. It has taught me so much in the space of just three days and has given me real-life experience of what my future career could be. I’m glad to have been part of something so exciting and to have worked with such an amazing team.”

Edge Hill dance companies Edge FWD and 3rd Edge both brought their unique and powerful brand of performance to some of Liverpool’s most iconic venues.

All male dance company EdgeFWD performed Alpha, a 15 minute study on male group behaviour, created by renowned choreographer Anthony Missen’s Chameleon Company. Female dance company 3rd Edge made their festival debut performing Lovely Ugly, a 10-minute work inspired by Dylan Thomas. Both dance pieces were performed alongside the festival’s headline acts at Liverpool Cathedral, The Factory and the Moon Museum.

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Lovely Ugly performed by 3rd Edge at Liverpool Cathedral. Photo taken by Geof Atwell

The Label Recordings, Edge Hill’s very own record label, hosted its own showcase of music at The Kazimier Gardens on Friday 2nd May to a full-capacity audience. The evening was organised and delivered by students involved with The Label and the performing bands including acts signed to The Label, Hooton Tennis Club and The Inkhearts, as well as bands chosen by the students, Beach Skulls and Seafaring Creatures.

The night itself, which was introduced by BBC Radio DJ Dave Monks has already been positively reviewed by the Liverpool Echo, Flipboard and Bido Lito and has added to the excitement currently building around The Label as a way of providing students with real experience in the music industry.

Roy Bayfield, Director of Corporate Communications and Student Recruitment at Edge Hill University said,

“Sound City is an immensely exciting city-based festival happening right on our doorstep. For a university teaching and researching music, film, media and performance, there are all sorts of exciting links. Our students are getting opportunities to volunteer, perform, participate in an international conference, pitch business ideas to an expert panel and film the most interesting bands. They will be gaining exactly the kind of industry experience that employers want to see, and making contacts that will help them kick-start their careers. We also have a showcase evening of The Label Recordings, organised by students who are already making headway in the music industry by developing and promoting some fantastic new talent.”

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The Inkhearts at Edge Hill’s showcase. Photo taken by Alan Wright

To cap off Edge Hill’s involvement at the leading music festival, Computing students Laura Stowers and Lyndsey McCormick bagged the prestigious Student Innovation Awards with their idea for a new app, QJump, marking the second year in a row that a team of Edge Hill students have achieved the accolade. You can find out more about the Student Innovation Awards here.

Liverpool Sound City is the largest international music, digital and film festival and conference in the UK, playing host to more than 360 artists in 25 venues across the city.

Find out more about studying Music at Edge Hill here.

Find out more about studying Film and TV at Edge Hill here.

Find out more about studying Dance at Edge Hill here.

Student Film Crew: Aurelija Zubaviciute (Production Manager), Anna De Bont (Producer), Kirsty Milburn (Producer), Luke Pearson (Sound Technician/Camera Operator), Dominic Smith (Editor), Laura Gregory (Editor), Daniel Seddon (Camera Operator), Jemma Perrin (Camera Operator), Adam Smith (Camera Operator), George Clarke (Camera Operator), Toni Jordan (Camera Operator), Luke Kirkbride (Camera Operator), Daniel Orr (Camera Operator), Holly Chatten (Camera Operator), Bryan Dramiga (Camera Operator), Robert Monteith (Camera Operator), Louis Kitchen  (Camera Operator), James Conibear  (Camera Operator), Daniel Hall  (Camera Operator), Hanna Manalo  (Camera Operator), Santiago Rodriguez  (Camera Operator), Philip Curtis  (Camera Operator).

Edge Hill dancers added to prestigious festival line-up

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EdgeFWD and 3rd Edge dancers perform Lovely Ugly

The city’s music fans will have the chance to experience dance as they may never have seen it before when two acclaimed dance companies from Edge Hill University take to the stage as part of the Liverpool Sound City Festival in May.

All-male company EdgeFWD, and their female counterparts, 3rd Edge, are bringing their unique and powerful brand of performance to some of Liverpool’s most iconic venues, and sharing the stage with established and up-and-coming artists from across the world, including House chart-toppers Clean Bandit, Irish rock band Kodaline, Swedish-Australian duo, Say Lou Lou, and London soul collective, Jungle.

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EdgeFWD perform Alpha (photo: Helen Newall)

EdgeFWD will be performing Alpha, a study on male group behaviour that explores ideas of manhood and masculinity through movement in a way that is sensitive, silly and fun. The 15-minute piece was created by renowned choreographer Anthony Missen’s Chameleon Company and features Survivor’s 80s hit, Eye of the Tiger.

The talented group, who have been recognised for championing male dance across the UK, will be appearing at Liverpool Cathedral, as well as performing at The Factory on Seel Street.

The boys will also be joining forces with Edge Hill’s female dance company, 3rd Edge, for two performances of Lovely Ugly, a piece inspired by Dylan Thomas.

The 10-minute work was created by dance artists and Edge Hill academics, James Hewison and Michelle Man, who worked with students from the two dance companies. Created to mark the centenary of Thomas’ birth, it takes its name from his description of Swansea, his birthplace, as “an ugly, lovely town” and is a physical representation of the writer’s rhythmic and ingenious use of language.

The two companies will be supporting Clean Bandit at Liverpool Cathedral before performing on the Moon Museum stage on Parr Street.

Senior Lecturer in Dance, Debbie Milner, who was instrumental in forming EdgeFWD in 2010, said:

This is the second time EdgeFWD have appeared at Liverpool Sound City. Last year, they were involved in “guerrilla” performances in The Garage, which went down very well with audiences. This year, they are performing at the Cathedral, with some of the country’s biggest acts, and on the Moon Museum stage, which is right at the centre of all the festival action.

We’re also delighted that 3rd Edge have been given the opportunity to demonstrate their considerable talents to a wider, and more diverse, audience.”

“Being in the official line-up, alongside acts like Clean Bandit and Kodaline, gives both groups much more visibility and the chance to impress festivalgoers and reviewers alike. It’s a real step up for them and shows their progression as artists.”

Liverpool Sound City, which takes place from 1-3 May 2014, is the largest international music, digital and film festival and conference in the UK, playing host to more than 360 artists in 25 venues across the city.

See full details of Edge Hill’s contribution to Liverpool Sound City 2014.

 

EdgeFWD perform Wingman

Wingman by EdgeFWD at The Garage

Wingman by EdgeFWD at The Garage

The University’s all male dance company EdgeFWD performed Wingman at  The Garage on Saturday night at Liverpool Sound City. Although not a typical venue or crowd for contemporary dance, the performance went down exceptionally well and impressed all festival-goers.

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Media Students Win UK Music Award

Media student winners Daniel Cain, Charlie Denton, and Sean Stoakes

Media student winners Daniel Cain, Charlie Denton, and Sean Stoakes

A team of Edge Hill Media students have scooped a top national award at a leading music industry event.

Daniel Cain, Charlie Denton, and Sean Stoakes won the UK Student Music Award at Liverpool Sound City, beating off competition from students at universities around the country.

“I can’t believe we won,” said Daniel, who is in his second year on Edge Hill’s Music, Media and Sound degree. “We weren’t expecting it at all so we’re really happy and proud.”

The talented trio was asked to respond to a brief set by the Liverpool Sound City team, which focussed on a specific issue affecting the modern music industry. They were then challenged to pitch their ideas to a panel of top music industry experts in front of an audience of conference delegates.

The panel included: David Bianchi, Manager for bands including The Enemy, Reverend and The Makers, Liberty Ships, and Echo & The Bunnymen; Jon Morter, a rock DJ and who was behind campaigns to stop, most notably, The X Factor hits from becoming Christmas number ones; Luke Armitage, Special Projects Manager for Metropolis Group, Europe’s largest independent recording studio complex; Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6’s Breakfast Presenter; and promoter Steve Zapp.

The group created a concept for a website, ‘FanBase’ which allows music fans to check out the latest bands in their hometown, providing a “one-stop shop” for  information such as gig dates, reviews and latest tracks and videos. The idea also included a quirky ‘Top Trumps’ format, which enables users to compare bands and see which acts have the best rankings before buying their music or gig tickets.

“The idea came about after realising that there was nothing like ‘Fanbase’ out there,” said Charlie, who also studies on the Music, Media and Sound degree. “We were running through ideas between ourselves and our tutors and had a light bulb moment and thought ‘Why hasn’t anyone come up with this idea before?’”

“We took inspiration from websites and apps like Soundcloud and IDMBPro but wanted to differentiate it and make the website really stand out, so we developed the ‘Top Trumps’ element.”

Staff in the Media and Computing Departments helped students develop their ideas and supported them throughout the process. Carl Hunter, lecturer in Film & TV and bassist with Liverpool band The Farm, said: “When you see students work hard and achieve, it’s very rewarding. To be able to add ‘Winners of The UK Student Music Awards’ to your CV is a great thing; it would definitely catch my eye and I’m sure it will impress employers.”

“The award has definitely given us more confidence,” said Sean, a Film & TV Production student. “Knowing that we got up there and pitched in front of so many successful industry people has given us a boost and I’m sure will help us when looking for jobs. Pitching is something that is very much part of the film and music industry, so it’s great experience for us.”

The winners were one of two Edge Hill University entries at the awards, launched by Liverpool Sound City to help nurture new talent and provide opportunities to young ambitious students looking to forge a career in the highly competitive music business.

Students were also treated to a rare exclusive Q&A with Simon Moran, the UK’s most successful promoter. The CEO of SJM Productions is responsible for some of the biggest and most successful gigs and tours, including the Take That Circus tour and Oasis’ Kenbworth gigs in the 1990s. He was also instrumental in reforming The Stone Roses for their 2012 tour.

Offering advice to students trying to break into the music industry, he said: “The best advice I could give students would be: be prepared to work hard, try to be distinctive and make sure you love what you do, because without that passion you won’t succeed.”

Edge FWD at Liverpool Sound City festival

Edge FWD performing

Edge FWD performing

Edge Hill University’s talented all-male dance company will be part of a leading international music festival next month.

Edge FWD, who have been recognised for championing dance for men across the UK, will perform at Liverpool Sound City (LSC) which takes place from 2nd to 4th May and is the largest international music, digital and film festival and conference in the UK.

Over the three days it will welcome over 360 artists, 40,000 music fans and 300 industry professionals.

As part of an ongoing partnership between Liverpool Sound City and University, Media and Computing students will also feature in the conference’s UK Student Music Awards.

The awards see ambitious students with a passion for music and a keen interest in forging a career in the industry have been working on four project briefs covering issues such as music on the high-street and the future of rock stars in light of shows such as X-Factor.

The best entries will present their pitches on the day of the awards (2nd May) to an industry panel including: David Bianchi, Manager for bands including The Enemy, Reverend and The Makers, Liberty Ships, and Echo & The Bunnymen; Jon Morter, a rock DJ and who was behind campaigns to stop, most notably, The X Factor hits from becoming Christmas number ones; Luke Armitage, Special Projects Manager for Metropolis Group, Europe’s largest independent recording studio complex; Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6’s Breakfast Presenter; and Steve Zapp.

Carol Poole, Ambassador to Media City at Edge Hill, said: “I’m delighted that Edge FWD will perform at this world-renowned festival. Not only are these strong, proactive young men excellent performers, they are outstanding male role models for a younger generation of boys and they have a growing national reputation.

“It’s fantastic that our new links with Liverpool Sound City have also enabled us to involve our students too. Our successful entrants will have the opportunity to meet the cream of the music industry and be part of the festival, which will be a brilliant experience.”

The two winning groups will benefit from work placements and will be introduced to leading industry contacts within their chosen careers paths.

Roger Shannon, Professor of Film at Edge Hill University, will also have his music documentary, Made in Birmingham/Reggae Punk Bhangra, screened on Saturday 4th May as part of the Festival’s film selection.