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.

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.”

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).