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Wednesday 26 June 2024

Brighton Music Students Set To Perform & Gain Work Experience @ Glastonbury Festival 2024

Students and alumni of Brighton-based WaterBear, the College of Music, have been given the opportunity to perform and gain work experience at this month's Glastonbury Festival.

WaterBear artists and crew will have the platform to showcase their talents and skills at one of the most iconic music festivals in the world. 

Students selected by the Croissant Neuf team will be lucky enough to perform on the Croissant Neuf Bandstand located in one of Glastonbury's oldest and most famous fields.

Notably, this stage is known for its sustainability, with all the sound, backstage production office, and lighting run via solar energy from solar panels and a solar fire engine.

Eve Massaad, Director of Marketing at WaterBear, said

"Alongside performance opportunities, our students will also be working in roles such as live production, sound engineering, and stage management, giving them invaluable work experience and networking opportunities to help propel their careers."

The WaterBear artists performing include a mixture of those studying across the college's BA (Hons) and Master's music degree courses including: 

Theo Warrington (@theowarrington), Joanna and the Dropouts (@joannaandthedropouts), Izzie Derry (@izzie.derry), Josh Hazelden (@joshhazeldenmusic), Gateway Girl (@_gatewaygirl), Chloe Leigh (@chloeleighmusic) and Josh Roberts (@_joshrobertsmusic).

Joanna Jacobs of Joanna and the Dropouts, a garage rock retro pop band for fans of the B52"s and the Cramps, explains: 

"The chance to play at Glastonbury is a dream come true and I am excited for the opportunity. 

"The acts I am looking forward to most are legends such as Cyndi Lauper and Avril Lavigne, as well as Skindred and Gossip."

Alongside the performers, WaterBear student Lennon Moorhouse will be working as a crew member. 

Lennon, who currently works as a freelance live sound engineer and is training to become a lighting technician at Chalk Brighton said: 

"The opportunity to work at Glastonbury Festival is awesome; it will support me in developing my career in live music. 

"I'm excited for everything that I will learn, all the people I will meet, and also watching some amazing musicians perform, particularly King Krule, Jalen Ngonda, and Red Hot Chili Peppers."

by: Mike Cobley




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