This summer at Access Creative College, we aren’t just celebrating the return of the festival season, but also our 11th year of partnership with the prestigious Latitude Festival. For the last eleven years we have curated the Inbetweeners Stage, bringing along the best of our students to perform for attendees.
We’re proud to say that a number of acts we’ve had on our stage in the past have gone onto main stages and mainstream success including Ed Sheeran, Let’s Eat Grandma, Mulally and Bessie Turner with the most recent example, Gabby Rivers, playing the Inbetweeners Stage in 2018 and opening the larger Alcove Stage this year.
‘Our festival partnerships are a key part of the ACC ecosystem, providing real-world work experience to our students who are part of the future of the UK music industry. We offer performance and crew opportunities to our students which support our partners to run their events, and equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed.’ – Carly Phillips, Access Creative College Business Development Manager.
Providing opportunities for our students that also support the music industry is key to us, and this year is no exception with our entire stage and sound crew sourced from our events and music courses.
As one of the UK’s foremost creative education providers, we also aim to lead on issues that affect the music industry. Recently, gender balance on festival lineups has been a source of discussion and we are excited to announce that 21 of the 30 acts on our lineup are female or female-led acts. Leading the way on equality and other issues allows us to ensure that the next generation that we are educating bring a mindset of equality and fairness with them into the working world.
All of this takes place at a festival noted in 2019 as being the ‘best in the UK for gender balance’ and one that has been incredibly supportive and welcoming of ACC and our students since our partnership began.
‘Latitude is one of the UK’s best, most-exciting and innovative festivals. Being part of this incredible event is a privilege and highlights to our students that they are working to be a part of the shining jewel in the UK economy that is our festival and wider music industry.’ – Ian Johnson, Access Creative College Music Industry Liaison.
Latitude is one of the first large festivals to run since 2019 and we can’t wait to get into the fields again and bring our selection of local East Anglian acts (alongside a number of acts from other areas of England) to audiences.