Southampton Solent University students work at Truck Festival

Daily Echo: After Glastonbury now it's Truck Festival of Southampton students After Glastonbury now it's Truck Festival of Southampton students

Fresh from festival success at Glastonbury and Blissfields, staff and students from Southampton Solent University will be pitching up and providing technical assistance for Truck Festival 2014, this weekend.

More than 50 skilled staff and students will be spending five days on Hill Farm at Steventon, using the university’s equipment to set the stages and perform vital film and production jobs for the popular Oxfordshire festival that takes place from 18-19 July.

Students from Solent’s media technology programme will be taking complete technical control of the Veterans and Virgins (V&V) Stage - carrying out all of the rigging, lighting and sound engineering.

On the main and market stages, students will be helping to direct, film and record performances from bands including ‘The Cribbs’, ‘White Lies’ and ‘Stornaway’.

A regular feature on the festival circuit, the University’s state-of-the art Outside Broadcast (OB) Vehicle will service the Main Stage.

Students will also build a second OB facility, from scratch, to service the Market Stage.

The university’s student-run channel, Solent TV, will be making a documentary about Truck 2014, as well as Southampton Solent’s involvement at the festival.

Students will also have the opportunity meet up with Solent graduates who are now working in the industry, including Rob Nisbet and his events company Event Production Services, who will be providing equipment for the V&V Stage.

Polly Long, Senior Lecturer in the media technology programme, said: "This is a great opportunity for students to gain hands-on, practical experience at a large-scale live event.

“Ongoing support from Truck Festival enables our students to have so much direct involvement - working closely with colleagues from a range of courses as well as professionals in the events an entertainment industry."

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