ACC’s 2019 Highlights

2019 as a whole was an incredible year for the ACC. Highlights include a brand new games and media campus opening in Bristol, a jam packed Industry week and students performing live at festivals across the UK. Check out our top pick for each month.


Access X Helen Anderz 

ACC was thrilled to announce we hosted an exclusive workshop with leading style, beauty and lifestyle YouTuber and Blogger: Helen Anderson, AKA The Anderz Approach, that took place on the 18th February at Rough Trade Bristol. The event provided attendees with an expert view on how to become a successful content creator. Whether you had aspirations of being an Online Influencer, YouTuber or Blogger, this workshop covered different aspects of content making, social media evolution, how and why brands work with influencers like Helen, and how you can stand out in the busy online world!


Access X Belong 

We are teamed up with Belong to host a series of 2-hour games workshops on the 20th February. We gave budding games developers the chance to learn how to create their favourite computer games. Each workshop was then followed by a games tournament where the winner walks away with a pile of Bristol Smugglers merch!


ACC Industry Week 

ACC was really excited to be launching its first ever Industry Week on Monday 4th March. To celebrate National Careers Week, we partnered with a range of Music, Media and Games leaders who spoke to our students about every aspect of their career. The week gave students the opportunity to take part in activities and events led by businesses and industry professionals. We also had an impressive line up of guest talks that took place across all seven of our campuses.


Jay henry, Vocal workshop with students 

Jay Henry is a vocalist with an impressive number of accolades. He has worked with Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Jessie J, Hozier, Petshop Boys, Alicia Keys, Luther Vandross and Gary Barlow. He blessed ACC with a highly informative and helpful workshop. Our main takeaway from the event? Jay believes there is not`hing you can’t achieve if you have a good work ethic – it is the key to your success. The session was intimate and personal, as Jay went around all the students asking each learner what their vocal and musical style was. He then matched their voices to specific song that he felt would match their style- incredibly useful advice for each of our lucky learners.


ACC X Love Saves The Day 

On Saturday 25th May 2019, Bristol welcomed back Love Saves The Day to Eastville Park for a weekend of heavy bass and beats that made you move. Love saves the day returned for its 8th festival to date, starting as a humble one-day festival, it is now a weekend packed with genres and music styles across 10 incredible stages. ACC had a presence at the much anticipated festival conducted press interviews and creative industry connections as well as giving a number of students the opportunity to work as part as the behind the scene artist liaison festival team.


Social Media Week   

Monday the 10th of June was the start of a creative and productive week in Bristol: Social Media week. Social Media Week (SMW) returned for its second year across 25 different cities globally. Bristol was one of these and the only one in the UK, outside of London. SMW Bristol is set up and run by the award winning PR agency, Ambitious PR. ACC took part in the innovative event by hosting workshops and events in the heart of our Bristol campus, giving students the opportunity to get the latest insights into the industry.


ACC X Hoax 

In July We reached the end of our Battle of the Bands semi-finals. Five cities visited and 25 unsigned artists have taken to the stage. Five of these are started preparing for the final and perform for the chance to support Ed Sheeran on the final night of his stadium tour. For those of you who don’t know the background, here at ACC we have been working with HOAX to hold a competition to find a support act for the global superstar! Each city had their own panel of music industry professionals to judge and pick the winner. We don’t envy them – they had a hard decision to make! The final five headed to Epic studios in Norwich for a true battle of the bands and the winner was the Caswell.


ACC X Reading and Leeds 

Monday 26 August – Reading and Leeds 2019 saw 200,000 festival fans indulge in outstanding sets from The 1975, Post Malone, Twenty One Pilots and Foo Fighters and hundreds of the world’s best artists, bands, DJs and comedians. ACC jumped in head first with live social media coverage and behind the scenes interviews with acts. Our presence allowed us to get industry connections from within the festival that could help the students in the future.


Suicide prevention month 

ACC dedicated the month of September to suicide prevention making it a national month, which also has a national day on september 10th, world suicide prevention day. It is an important reminder that everyone can make a difference to others who have reached the point of wanting to end their lives. We did a social media campaign that was aimed at our students as well as offered help and support within every campus, giving resources and support.



Over a weekend in October, ACC attended EGX. EGX is the UK’s biggest gaming event,  in London. EGX gives attendees the chance to experience major unreleased blockbuster games, hundreds of indie games and much more. Thousands of games fanatics headed to the ExCeL for all things games. From Sega to Nintendo Switch to PlayStation and pinball, EGX had it all. In true EGX style, attendees were greeted by the iconic PlayStation control keys. ACC gave tickets away to students as well as continuing their relationship with Overclockers, who supply each campus with Gaming equipment.


BBC Introducing Live 

ACC first arrived at the three day event on Thursday and got straight into it with the first talk kicking off live at ‘The Discovery Theatre’ presents Steve Lamacq with Catfish and the Bottlemen with a sit down interview ahead of their one off headline show at BBC Music Introducing LIVE later that night. Throughout the whole event BBC Radio 6 was live on air with guests such as Jaguar Bingham and many more giving insights on the event as well as helpful advice to all aspiring artists/bands. The event as a whole was filled with heart and passion for all things music and we can’t wait for the new talent that next year will bring.


ACC X Manchester United Foundation 

ACC rounded their jam-packed year off with a fun filled event ran with the Manchester United Foundation. The event took place In our Manchester campus and was open to 150 high school students to give them a taste of what we offer. They got hands on with the latest photography equipment capturing different emotions of their fellow classmates whilst live performances took place just next door with an open mic option. Each room was filled with creativity and youthful energy.

This is just one of the things that took place in each month so keep your eyes peeled for all the creative and exciting things we get up to in 2020.