Goodbye from the SoundLounge 2017 team!

As we say goodbye to the SoundLounge 2017 cohort, we ask them to sum up their experience of the project. Take a look at their responses below:

 

Sophie

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  • What did you enjoy about the festival planning process?

I enjoyed helping to come up with the festival logo and create our t-shirts and flyers around this. I also really liked recruiting our volunteers, it was really lovely to meet new people who were so enthusiastic and keen to help us.

  • What was your personal best moment of the day / favourite artist?

The best moment of the day was being able to watch the artist’s soundchecks; it was really interesting to be able to get a sneak preview of what was to come later on. I especially loved Byron Hare!

  • And one final message about your SoundLounge experience…

I joined Project SoundLounge to get a better insight into the music and events industries, as I had no previous experience in either sector. I think it’s really good to explore something if it sounds interesting to you because I had no idea about music events and throughout my time at PSL I’ve learnt so much and I’ve had an amazing time. I would love to do it all again!

 

Pete

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  • What did you enjoy about the festival planning process?

I enjoyed being in charge of social media and discovering the best ways to market the festival to the general public. I also loved creating the press release and contacting people within the media, setting up interviews with the likes of BBC WM and Brum Radio.

  • What was your personal best moment of the day / favourite artist?

I really enjoyed acting as a host during the day and interacting with the audience. I loved all of the artists but my favourite band was Lycio!

  • And one final message about your SoundLounge experience…

I have learnt so much during this process that I wouldn’t have anywhere else. There are so many skills that I have learnt for the future and although it has been challenging at times, I have truly loved being part of Project SoundLounge. Good luck to next year’s cohort!  

 

Amanda

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  • What did you enjoy about the festival planning process?

I really enjoyed getting a different experience in planning an event, it really opened my eyes to all the different things that need to be done to ensure it goes smoothly.

  • What was your personal best moment of the day / favourite artist?

The Real Cool were ‘real cool’ 😉

  • And one final message about your SoundLounge experience…

This was an amazing experience and I am so happy that I was able to volunteer. I have learnt so much that I wouldn’t haven been able to anywhere else!

 

Diandra

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  • What did you enjoy about the festival planning process?

One of the things I enjoyed the most about this process was having the freedom and responsibility to create a festival  based on our own ideas and creativity.

  • What was your personal best moment of the day / favourite artist?

My best moment of the entire process was the end of the promo event as it was really successful and a great insight as to what the actual SoundLounge Festival would be like, although on a much larger scale. My favourite performance on the actual day was by Normanton Street.

  • And one final message about your SoundLounge experience…

Project SoundLounge has been a fantastic opportunity from which I have gained so much experience by creating our own music festival. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye 🙂

 

Shem

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  • What did you enjoy about the festival planning process?

I love how all of our ideas was taken into action, learnt how to plan an event properly, I loved every part.

  • What was your personal best moment of the day / favourite artist?

I didn’t really have a best moment or a favourite artist, every one was amazing and the night i will never forget.

  • And one final message about your SoundLounge experience…

First time I’ve seen or heard all of the artists/bands, never seen grime music live before – it was a nice difference. It was such a good experience, I would do that day all over again if I could. Everyone did an amazing job, once we started we couldn’t stop so I enjoyed the adrenaline feeling. 

 

Harry

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  • What did you enjoy about the festival planning process?

The Project was really intense at times and I enjoyed every moment as it opened doors for me. I was asked if I would have done something differently and if I had any regrets but with the progress I’ve made personally I don’t like to keep regrets and I’m very happy right about now.

  • What was your personal best moment of the day / favourite artist?

The festival day was fast paced at times and being able to multi-task but also try out different roles was fun too. I’d say my favourite band was Byron Hare.

  • And one final message about your SoundLounge experience…

For me, I come from a background where I’ve faced problems throughout the project, I’ve managed to overcome a lot of my problems by gaining additional support from others on the project. One thing in particular was coming out and I can say from my own experience, it gets better.

 

Sara

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  • What did you enjoy about the festival planning process?

I loved working and learning from such a wide array of industry professionals and fellow colleagues. It was exciting to see how we are creating something out of nothing and that I had my very own input into this amazing project. I also made numerous contacts among artists themselves and for me as a musician it will be a valuable glimpse into Birmingham’s music scene.

  • What was your personal best moment of the day / favourite artist?

I was absolutely stunned by The Americas! They convinced me to try something other than classical – wasn’t it the purpose of our festival? To make people try something new? Well it sure worked for me!

  • And one final message about your SoundLounge experience…

Well, PSL got me a TV interview and it was pretty awesome. Ok-  It was pretty awesome even without the interview. Brilliant beginning to a career in creative industries!

 

Lamorna

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  • What did you enjoy about the festival planning process?

I enjoyed discovering new artists and watching the long months of hard work result in a great SoundLounge festival!

  • What was your personal best moment of the day / favourite artist?

The best moment of the festival was seeing grime artists Slick Don and Tantskii perform.

  • And one final message about your SoundLounge experience…

Project SoundLounge was a brilliant opportunity to create an event that i wouldn’t have been able to comprehend a year ago. I would recommend the experience to anybody with an interest in the arts!

 

Thank you and Goodbye!

 

 

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