The return of the Loughborough College LoCo stage to Glastonbudget 2017 saw the College celebrating five years at the annual music event – the world’s biggest tribute festival and a major showcase for new acts.
More than 25 bands and artists fresh from the international circuit appeared over the course of three days on the LoCo stage, which was run entirely by the College’s music degree students.
The five technicians and performers used Loughborough College’s industry-standard facilities to prepare for the Leicestershire festival.
The organisers also visited the College ahead of Glastonbudget to give students an insight into what goes on behind the scenes and to offer them insider tips.
Loughborough College Music Lecturer Rich Alter said: “This was our fifth year at Glastonbudget and it was the best ever.
“Running a stage at an event on this scale, managing electrical equipment in the middle of a field, is demanding to say the least but our students certainly rose to the challenge.
“We arrived to discover we had only four hours to set up an entire stage and do a sound check before the first band performed – but the students pulled it off and they continued to do that on our very busy stage across the whole weekend, ensuring artists arrived on time, that set ups were in place and sound was expertly mixed.
“The whole thing really does offer outstanding live sound and concert production experience.
“Students who have been involved with the LoCo stage in past years have gone on to work backstage at Glastonbury.
“Other former students have rapidly risen through the ranks at events and promotions companies and every year I go back to Glastonbudget I see more and more of our ex-students now running their own major stages there.”
Pictured (left to right): Loughborough College music degree students Megan English, Cameron Gregory, Matthew Simons, Joseph Eden and Jordan Eagles on the College’s LoCo stage
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