Electrifying! That’s one way to describe this year’s NME Tour spectacular, thanks to performances from some of the North West’s finest bands and newcomers.
Featuring on the bill were Stockport heroes, Blossoms and new Manchester boys on the block, Cabbage – whose drummer is none other than BIMM Manchester graduate, Asa Morley.
But Asa – whose band have been described as the North’s answer to Fat White Family – wasn’t the only artist flying the good flag for BIMM; the NME crowd also got down to welcome performances from one of BIMM’s hottest exports in Rory Wynne.
A Live Sound and Tour Management Diploma student by day, 17-year-old Rory has proved his phenomenal talent as a musician that looks as comfortable on the stage as he does in the studio.
The confident performer in full voice, sang tracks from his debut EP ‘What Would Rory Wynne Do?’ with gusto and swagger, making him a crowd favourite on the 2017 tour which took in a host of iconic venues in cities across the UK.
Rory is not alone in his journey for indie supremacy either; his tour manager is none other than fellow BIMM third-year business student and bassist, Jordan Cope who took up the post after being recommended by BIMM’s Music Business Tutor, Mal Campbell who also runs The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge.
Catching up with BIMM after the tour, Rory spoke of how his studies have enabled him to work with a host of professionals, all of whom have had an invaluable impact on his music career so far.
“BIMM has helped me with lots of things since I joined. One of the main things is meeting people and getting advice; Mal Campbell advised I contact BIMM student, Jordan Cope to be my Tour Manager and it was an excellent suggestion.
BIMM has also shown me the difference between professionals and hobbyists and how to keep above the line to ensure the greatest success. It has been highly beneficial,” he revealed.
Speaking to BIMM about his role as tour manager, BA student, Jordan talked about the importance of extensive planning and pre-tour organisation to make sure the operation goes smoothly.
“My responsibilities on this tour were wide ranging with driving, tech-ing and TM-ing. As well as this, the band were all extremely young, so keeping an eye on the all as well,” he revealed.
On working with Rory, Jordan praised his professionalism and his love of life on the road – an often daunting prospect for new bands:
“Rory’s the man. He’s a perfectionist, huge on detail; he wants everything to be right so when it comes to the show he can be free to do his thing. He loved touring and the lifestyle, yet he always manages to balance it with staying professional and getting the job done. He’s great to work with!”
Professional student partnerships are strongly encouraged at BIMM; we’re glad both Rory and Jordan have had the opportunity to work together on such a prestigious tour.
Congratulations to all of our BIMM students who appeared on the NME Tour, we’re sure this won’t be their last call up!