So in my first post about working for Sound City music festival I said I was going to do a day-by-day documentation of the festival but the 10am starts and 3am finishes definitely took their toll on me, hence why the original plan flopped. Now I’m going to still do a day-by-day kind of post but all in one go, seeing as I’ve finally caught up on sleep and recovered from the whirlwind that was Liverpool Sound City 2012.
First, can I just say though, I read an article about the festival yesterday and the writer had entitled it, ‘Liverpool: A Sound City’ – how good is that? Wish I’d thought of it first! It made me laugh anyway, but yeah, Liverpool really is a sound city, to use the regional lingo and ‘sound’ as an ajdective. This event was just another reason as to why I’m glad this is ‘my’ city. It was, of course, also another fabulous notch on my CV and allowed me to make some lovely new friends as well as work with and meet some outstanding bands and people in the industry. I may not have sat down for more than 10 minutes throughout the entire weekend and my feet may be permenantly damaged but it was so, so worth it! (Sorry the images are all rubbish but I only had my iPhone with me so couldn’t get any good quality ones).
- Day 2: (Thursday May 17th)
- Day 3: (Friday May 18th)
Day 3 definitely heated up as we went on to work at the final leg of the ATOM Live Tour Auditions at famous Liverpool nightclub, Bumper on Hardman Street. We were still working with Phil Ellis at this point butmanaged to chat to a number of other industry bodies and hopefully gain some connections for the future. We got talking to a member of Middle Finger Salute who had performed at the Warped Tour with Blink 182 – so jealous!! The morning was hectic and sweaty in Bumper, darting up and down Hardman Street on Starbucks and Red Bull pick-ups, organising the Access to Music students and feeding them their 18, 18″ pizzas. The auditioning bands were pretty good too!
The evening of Day 3 of my work and Day 2 of the festival was probably the most physically and mentally challenging of all. We were to staff the doors of the headlining event as swarms of fans encroached on the Liverpool Academy of Arts to see The Temper Trap in action. Seeing the Temper Trap guys wander in and out of their tour bus and chat to the staff was surreal but fab! However, standing in the freezing cold winds, soaked through with rain, for three hours, from 7-10pm was so exhausting. I thought I would never know what it felt like to be warm again; even my gums were cold! I was pretty worn out at the end of this shift and about ready to crash so getting to see the late night performance form Michael Kiwanuka at the Epstein Theatre was the perfect wind down cure. He was amazing live and his stage looked beautiful.
- Day 4: (Saturday May 19th)
Working at Sound City was an almighty challenge but left me feeling extremely proud of myself and everyone I had worked with. I met some lovely people and got the chance to add another string to my bow and get a taste of what it’s like to be a Stage Manager and Production Assistant. It was so much fun and I can’t wait to do it all over again next year. Obviously this post is a merely a summary of the weekend events or you would be here for the rest of your lives reading my ramblings but thank you Sound City for letting us get involved and for giving me an unforgettable experience.
Special thanks to Phil Ellis, Niall MCGuinnes and Darren Roper for their support throughout the festival!