Live Nation Launch

A Staffordshire college has cemented its partnership with a world leading live entertainments company by renaming one of its key buildings.

Stoke on Trent College has renamed the Media and Performing Arts Venue, known as J-Block to former students, to reflect their on-going linkup with Live Nation Entertainment.

Paul Latham, Chief Operating Officer at Live Nation Entertainment, will joined staff and students  to officially open the newly named Live Nation Centre for Media and Performing Arts.

Live Nation Entertainment is the largest live entertainment company in the world.  Formed from the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster it consists of five businesses – concert promotion and venue operations, sponsorship, ticketing solutions, e-commerce and artist management. Live Nation Entertainment seeks to innovate and enhance the live entertainment experience for artists and fans before, during and after the show.

Over the last five years Stoke on Trent College has worked with Live Nation Entertainment to forge a partnership that has helped students access high-profile work experience with key industry figures. They have also had the opportunity to visit a range of Live Nation events including a live gig by Elbow, the Download Festival, War of the Worlds, Ramstein and Byffy Clyro.

Situated on the college’s Burslem Campus, off Moorland Road, the media and performing arts building is home to over 35 different courses, including music and performing arts, TV and film, art, radio, photography, interactive media and computer games. It also features a state-of-the-art recording studio and 300-seater theatre.

Charles Barthomlew, Director of media and performing arts at Stoke on Trent College, said: “Live Nation Entertainment is one of the most important entertainment companies in the World working with all the top artists ranging from Beyonce to Bruce Springsteen.

“For the college to have this partnership with them is a real coup. Our students are already reaping the benefits and we are extremely excited about the link-up with Live Nation and its relevance to the career aspirations of our students.

“Renaming the building further endorses the college’s excellent working partnerships between the college and the Creative and Cultural Industries.”

Stoke on Trent College is the only founder college  of the National Skills Academy in Staffordshire and has a dynamic curriculum which ensures all learners are fully prepared for a career in the Creative and Cultural Industries. The National Skills Academy aims to give young people opportunities to work and learn in the creative industries, ensure that employers benefit from a skilled generation of talent and help the creative industries continue on a course of economic growth. Paul Latham CEO of Live Nation is also the chair of the National Skills Academy’s Creative and Cultural.

Anyone wishing to find out more about performing arts, media or music courses at Stoke on Trent College should call 01782 208208 or visit

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