This was the first year of Wild Paths Festival, set up by ex Coasts drummer and Norwich local Ben Street. The multi-venue festival took over Norwich last week, filling almost every venue with up and coming and unsigned bands. Whether you wanted to catch your favourite Norwich act, discover new music or catch the renowned headliner José González – there was something for everyone. 

The festival kicked off on Thursday night, with ACC Norwich Vocal Artist tutor Millie Manders taking to the Voodoo Daddys Showroom stage with her band Millie Manders and The Shut Up. Millie, who recently played Brixton O2 Academy, gave her usual energetic performance to open up the festival. 

On Friday, music conferences took place in Epic Studios, with panels featuring Norwich tutor Jasper Milton, Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart and other industry professionals. Norwich Media students captured the event and continued to over the weekend. Over 40 ACC students in total gained work experience over the weekend, with media capturing the events, music performance students taking to the stages and sound engineering and events students making sure everything ran smoothly and sounded great! 

On Saturday and Sunday, ACC set up a stage in The Forum, where people collecting Wild Paths wristbands and passers by could enjoy free music by current and previous ACC students from all over the country. With a team of first and second year Sound Engineering and Event Production students running this event, our students really got the chance to showcase what they were capable of. 

The Sunday night began to close down with headliner José González who performed to a packed room at Open. With local DJ collective Soul Stew playing the final set for the weekend at Gonzos. 

With full venues across the weekend, the first year of Wild Paths was a huge success, bringing a variety of new acts to Norwich and giving our current and previous students the opportunity to show off their skills!

We can’t wait to see what happens next year!