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 game 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 our industry standard gaming equipment.
2019 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 in October, filling almost every Norwich based 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. 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 both on and off stage!
Founded in 2007 BBC Music Introducing was created as a platform supporting unsigned, undiscovered, and under-the-radar UK talent. 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.
We were very excited to announce a joint venture partnership with the newly launched National College Creative Industries Ltd (NCCI Ltd), which see’s us delivering apprenticeships across the country! We were chosen by the government’s education department, to take on this exciting opportunity, to deliver this method of employer-led, work focused training to help forge more exciting careers in the creative industries than ever before. Jobs in the digital sector now account for 20% of all vacancies in the UK and the NCCI Ltd is in response to the growing needs of this market.
Andy Copping has worked in the music industry for over 30 years. He is the festival booker for Download Festival and promoter for Live Nation. A selection of ACC Lincoln students had exclusive access to an intimate talk with Andy himself. He gave insights about how he got started, what keeps him motivated and inside advice about the industry.
We launched our second Industry Week back in March. To celebrate National Careers Week, we partnered with a range of Music, Media, Events and Games leaders. They spoke to our students about every aspect of their career and industry. 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 taking place across all of our campuses such as Adrian Bushby, Debs Wild, Andy Burgess, Pete Wallace and much more.
With all the festivals and live events being cancelled left, right and centre, we decided to do our own completely online. The ACC Virtual Festival was an online festival which incorporated all things creative. We understand the importance of social distancing, but that didn’t mean we couldn’t bring everyone together through the power of the digital world. It was a huge success with plenty of live performances, masterclasses and Q&As with industry professionals. Catch up with all the live streams you missed here.
ACC Experience is an initiative that focuses on us providing our students with industry experience. ACC Experience contains two strands, a live brief and a showcase. The live brief provides all students with the opportunity to work on an extended project for the final half-term of the year. This year’s final project/showcase were the Virtual Showcases. The event was streamed from the ACC Twitch account and announced the award winners for the June industry projects in Music, Media, Games and Studio Sound. The event was hosted by vlogger and musician, Helen Anderson and featured updates from B-Side and N:Tone, Mediatonic and producer Adrian Bushby.
This year our awards showcases were streamed out from each centre via Twitch. Each awards showcase had live performances and a speech from their Centre Manager gave a summary of what has been an extraordinary year. These events have been organised and managed by Events students and staff, so a big thanks to all those teams who have worked so hard to pull this together.
Following directly on from the centre showcases the National Awards Showcase took place announcing the overall winners of the industry awards. Hosted by former Birmingham student and pro-musician, El Sam, it included a summary of the year from ACC CEO, Jason Beaumont. The awards had been exclusively judged by industry judges such as Pete Heller, Arthur Parsons, Phil Taggart, Cassell the BeatMaker and much more.