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Leeds Beckett students shine at summer music festivals


Leeds Beckett students from several schools and courses spent the summer supporting and making films at some major UK music festivals.

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After over a decade in partnership, Leeds Beckett and Festival Republic teamed up again to offer placements and volunteering opportunities for students in a wide variety of roles at both Latitude and Leeds Festivals.

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Heather Paxton, Creative Media Technology student at Leeds Beckett University said: “After volunteering three times before and as I was about to graduate I wanted to be part of the process one more time, and where better to do it but at Latitude.

“The experience was unique in how hands-on it was. Working in teams, meeting people, trying new things and learning while doing is a great opportunity. I was a Mentor on the film crew, which didn't mean one particular job, I was able to create animations, pitch, support and motivate my fellow crew members.

“Latitude is a beautiful place, not only does it have the music and comedians that usual festivals have but it also allows you to explore art, dance, literature and more.

“I study Creative Media Technology, and the project has allowed me to work with other people, in a quick-paced environment and expand my creative skills.”

This year, the Film Crew Project took a big step forward when the ten students involved at each festival produced films on site that were broadcast on the big screens on the side of the main stage.

Their work was seen by over 100,000 festival goers across the two sites and the feedback from Festival Republic was excellent.

Getting the work on the big screens was a long term goal for the project, led by Broadcast Media Technologies lecturer, Ashley Dean.

Over 100 students have worked in these teams over the past five years and it is a great collaboration between students and staff on many courses, namely Broadcast Media Technologies, Creative Media Technologies, Filmmaking, Events Management, Graphic Arts and Design and Music Production.

Numerous students have gone on to work for Festival Republic and for other festivals as a direct outcome of this project, which continues to grow each year.

Some of the films made have been uploaded by Festival Republic here.

The Event Support Service and UK Centre for Events Management team, within the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management, organised the Festival Republic Partnership this year.
In addition to filming at the festivals, roles included Production, Licensing and Health and Safety Internships; Stage and Site Crews; Sound and Lighting, Backstage, Photography, Media and Security Crime Mapping Assistants.
Events Management student, Ruby Mortimer volunteered at Leeds Festival, she said: “I learnt more about Festival Management, which has now enabled me to think further into what type of career I would like to go into after graduating. In addition to this, it was a great opportunity for me to network with people within the industry and make connections.”

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