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Students showcase talents at Sound City

Sound City banners 2016 c/o Amy Argent Wednesday 1 June 2016

Liverpool Hope students demonstrated their musical, artistic and journalistic skills at this year’s Sound City. 

The Left Backs (Ben, Lucas, Max and Nathan), and second year student Thomas Vail beat six other acts to perform at the festival after winning Hope’s Got Talent.

The Music Manual added the Left Backs to their list of 'ones to watch’ at the festival while the GetIntoThis music blog said: “The Left Backs from Belfast got their place at Liverpool Sound City by winning Hope’s Got Talent 2016, and it’s easy to see why. Indie power pop with slices of joyful ska in Lucy, there’s balance too, A Better Man Than Me carrying a sweet sadness. Four lads from out of town filling the Mailchimp Record Store at one o’ clock in the afternoon while most people still queue at the front gate, The Left Backs bring with them sunshine and smiles.”

Liverpool Hope student Ella Reynolds also won two wristbands to the festival in a THIS Radio competition. 

Meanwhile, a team of Level I Fine Art students were selected to design the large scale banners which went on display next to the main festival stage at the Bramley-Moore Dock site. Grace Barker, Olivia Maddocks, Matthew Reid, Lisa Goodwin, Francine Wilson and Amy Argent (whose work is pictured) were chosen to showcase their work. 

Lisa Goodwin said: “It is a very proud moment for me. The banner was inspired by my personal observations into the discomfort of human nature, whether that be the physical body or a specific situation.”

Francine Wilson said of her experience: “I did not expect my work to be chosen, so it was a nice surprise when I found out. I was really happy that it was going to be displayed at an event that attracts a lot of people. Even getting to see it myself, displayed in a place other than my studio or at home felt incredible.”

Rebecca Ayres (COO of Sound City) said "We're thrilled to be working in our continued partnership with Liverpool Hope University. This year we have teamed up with the university's Fine Art Course to give students the chance to design artwork for our heras fencing around the festival. The standard of work was incredibly professional, whilst the creativity of students should be highly commended. It was very difficult choosing our favourite six.”

First year Media and Communication students Derrie Thickett and Kyran Sharpe reported on the festival for THIS Radio. The duo interviewed music industry panellists and speakers from the festival’s annual conference, alongside artists and performers prior to their sets, ranging from The Left Backs and Eliza and the Bear to Saturday’s headline act, Catfish and the Bottlemen.

Kyran said: “Journalistically speaking, I would say my experience at Liverpool’s Sound City festival was an enlightening moment, realising that to get interviews and network with different people you have to have a certain drive. It's not like sitting in an office or radio studio where things are able to be planned, you have to take the initiative to make things happen and have confidence to improvise an interview and capture pictures. This opportunity developed my skills not just in the audio aspect of radio, but in a multimedia sense, as today’s radio incorporates different media platforms to communicate a story experience for the station’s audience”.

Liverpool Hope University's Business Gateway helped fund this opportunity.

Image c/o Amy Argent 

Flickr Gallery from Sound City 

Fine Art at Liverpool Hope

Music at Liverpool Hope 

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