A selection of BIMM Bristol students were recently chosen to perform at Bristol Sounds festival, joining a line-up featuring the likes of Tom Misch, The Cat Empire, Bloc Party, Elbow, Ghostpoet and the Cinematic Orchestra in a series of sold-out gigs.
Across five sunny days on Bristol’s famous Harbourside, BIMM artists George Clement, Jemima, Sinclair, Jodie Mellor, Richard The Fourth and Zoe Newton each performed opening slots as 5000 revellers poured into Canons Marsh Amphitheatre.
The opportunity, which came through BIMM Bristol’s careers team, offered students various experiences throughout the festival, from performance slots to artist liaison and stage management roles. As a bonus, those lucky enough to be involved were also encouraged to enjoy show-stopping performances from the headline acts.
One BIMM artist who performed were ska-pop duo Jemima, consisting of vocal student Jemma Marshall and guitar student Jordan Digby. The pair reflected positively on their Bristol Sounds performance, citing it as a good learning experience as well as a great opportunity to break through to new fans.
Jemima @ Bristol Sounds
“It was such a great experience and so much fun! Everyone involved in the team that we met was so friendly and professional, which made it a really laid-back and enjoyable gig.
We played on the Thursday to a really captive, lively audience. We embody a lot of the same energetic, pop-ska elements as headliners The Cat Empire and so the audience received us really well. We chose tickets to see Tom Misch the evening before as he is a huge influence for us. He was every bit as amazing as we knew he’d be.
Plus, we were able to hang around after our set to watch The Cat Empire. I’d previously only heard of a few of their tracks and didn’t know that much about them, but seeing them live really blew us away, they were incredible. We’ve had them on repeat ever since.”
“The only challenge we faced were time pressures. The next band was starting on the main stage at 7:30 pm, and it was vital that we were finished before then. We have quite an extensive live set-up and didn’t want that to cut into our performance time. So, we managed to set everything up off stage during the previous performer’s set, then just moved it all up before playing, which worked really well.
We had to cut a few songs from the set to fit within the time slot, and we would love to have played on. However, I think it’s just as well we had to stop, as our loop pedal had literally begun to start melting in the sunshine!”
This is yet another example of the fantastic festival opportunities which are made available to students across various disciplines and campuses at BIMM. You can stay up to date with our festival involvement this year by following the official BIMM Instagram and Twitter pages.
Do you love the idea of performing on BIMM’s festival stages? Are you looking for a chance to gain valuable work experience and learn how festivals operate? Apply now and take the first step towards a career in music today.
Find out more about our festival work experience and performance programme here.