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We celebrate the sounds of the next generation with a Winter Festival!
Kicking off on Monday 30th October, we will hold a ‘Winter Festival’ to showcase music from students on our Creative Artistry programme. The month-long festival will raise money and awareness for several charities: The Number Five Project, Happy Space, and Sappers Support.
The fringe-style festival will run for a week at The Electric Theatre, before heading to other independent venues such as The Star in Guildford, Belushi’s in Hammersmith, and Stane St. Syndicate in Clapham, London.
Having recently acquired the lease to The Electric Theatre, we are firm believers in ‘keeping music live’ and are honoured to support more independent venues through this festival, as we know they are vital to the careers of the up-and-coming musicians we teach.
Special guest Emmanuel Nwamadi (2015’s ‘The Voice Finalist’) will make an appearance during Saturday 4th November’s show. Students from our Creative Artistry degree will feature on the line-up alongside headline performances from ACM alumni. With acts such as Izzy Spyro, Kissed and Crowned, and The Harry Miller Band gracing stages at this year’s event, you can expect to hear plenty of original music in varying genres and styles.
“You can expect to see an energetic rock line-up or moody electronica, check out the family friendly live lounge on Saturday afternoon and support homeless charities or explore soulful pop and lyrical singer/songwriters. Each event has a separate feel and theme, so there really is something for everyone.”
Chris Carney, ACM Tutor and Live Events Manager
Organised by our Technical Services and Music Business & Innovation degree students, the festival will highlight our learning-by-doing ethos. By acting as a microcosm of the music industry, we aim to not only give our students a qualification but also the experience needed to hit the ground running when they graduate, in order to build a long-lasting and sustainable career.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the students to gain real-life experiences and for the local community to enjoy and explore new music, and maybe discover your new favourite band or artist before they are on everyone’s lips!”
Kaya Herstad-Carney, Senior Lecturer for Creative Artistry, ACM
The first week of events at the Electric Theatre starts on Monday the 30th November with a Halloween-themed night of songwriting, featuring sets from Izzy Spyro, the Harry Miller Band and Molly Nicholson, as well as the mesmerising Molly Ross, Tom Breeze and China Bears. Plus, soulful songwriting from Thomas Gerard and Tyrell Trey.
Wednesday the 1st November offers two themed events alongside each other and promises a great night of music:
The Main Stage at the Electric Theatre welcomes you to a Cosmic Winter-themed alternative pop line up with many electronic influences, where you can expect sets from future pop diva Chinchilla, unique performance artist BeArte, hard hitting Drum & Bass from Sycopax, catchy songs from Kissed and Crowned, as well as Ellision, Jessica Newson, Conan Mac and Eva-Lina.
On the same night, the Foyer Space offers a theme of ‘Northern Lights’ with an opportunity for a more intimate experience with sets from confident and capable songwriters such as Emily Stock, Heather Cameron-Hayes and Jordan Lee, as well as Tom Breeze, Briggs, and standout indie acts Rosie Tavender, Sica and Neon Islands.
On Thursday 2nd November, if you are a fan of alternative music, you’ll love the line up at the Electric Theatre! After returning from a European tour, Who Saw the Light once again grace the stage at the theatre with their energetic alternative post-rock. They are joined by Blanc Shine, Gryph and accomplished alumni band Lonely Ocean.
Friday the 3rd November in the Electric Foyer brings a busy night of female-lead bands and a Winter Wonderland theme, featuring sets from Tori Smith, Lauren Nicole, Red Book, Alice Frances, Chloe Diana, Phillipa Tsang, Deborah Abraham, Boglarka and Becky Barnett. The main theatre space will feature sets from the talented Sophie Rhymes, the Crossways, Simple Fiction, Mountfield, Waiting for Mallory, Biloxxi, and Hydrocele.
Saturday 4th November, the final night of the week, is in aid of homelessness, and will feature sets from some of the most accomplished artists of our Creative Artistry Course: Mimi, Mardhys, Bethia Ward, Tara Flanagan, Tia Jackson, Tori, Rory Jones and Vikki McCormack.
Also on the 4th November we will be at Stane St. Syndicate in Clapham, London. Prepare to get your feet tapping for this Day of the Dead-themed event featuring nu-folk blues artist, Shywolf, Maisy Joan, Joseph Idalu, Laurie, Mysti, Molly McKinna and Arthur Bean.
Other events in future, more info to follow:
Tuesday 14th November – The Star Backroom, Guildford
Wednesday 15th November – Demo 1 Theatre, ACM Guildford
Thursday 16th November – Belushi’s, Hammersmith, London
Saturday 18th November – Stane St. Syndicate, Clapham, London
Tuesday 21st November – The Star Backroom, Guildford