We are delighted that LJMU is the Cultural Education Partner of Liverpool Sound City for the third year running. This partnership has allowed students to develop their skills, enhance their learning and further their experience in a live festival environment. Here are just some of the ways LJMU have been working with us this year…


Internships and Shadowing:


Students have been working with us on internships throughout our different departments to gain invaluable industry experience and contacts, with more students due to join us closer to the festival to shadow the team and learn about what happens in the lead up to a real life music festival.

Students from the Events Management course will shadow the festival teams in a variety of roles, and Audio and Music and Broadcast and Media Production students will cover the festival by making a video montage to music.  Journalism students will cover the festival and produce content for online blogs and media.



For the first time, Sound City and the Centre for Entrepreneurship are delighted to host the LJMU Business Challenge which will see 3 students have the opportunity to try out their business ideas at the Sound City festival and conference in a real-world environment - a priceless opportunity to get their ideas out into the public.


The three students who will be showcasing their innovative concepts during Sound City are

Masters Fashion student Sam Nelson, will be hosting a clothes swap in the Red Brick Vintage area allowing Sound City fans to trade in their unwanted clothes/band t-shirts for more exciting festival garments.

The Q Busters, offers queue reduction through the sale of drinks from their ‘hawking backpacks’. Q Busters will roam Sound City to offer an alternative to standing in busy queues.

Mike Kerr will bring his Italian Food Truck to the Sound City + Conference. Offering a variety of toppings on Italian Flatbreads, Piadina Pronto is the perfect food to eat on the go as it combines great Italian taste, affordable pricing and festival practicality.


Art and Design students will also be showcasing their skills on-site with pop-up stalls and contributions to site dressing, allowing them the chance to broaden their portfolio and work in a real-world industry setting.



In conjunction with Bido Lito, Liverpool Business School are conducting the Liverpool, Music City? Project which is looking into the health of the Liverpool Music scene. This research will prove extremely important for the future of the music industry in the city and is set to provide an inspiring insight into the sector.



Students from Media disciplines will be filming on-site across the festival weekend to produce a promotional video and develop their skills in an industry setting.  


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