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Production students work with The Killers at the MEN Arena

Students from Stoke on Trent College had a unique opportunity to get hands-on industry experience at the Manchester Evening News Arena alongside internationally- acclaimed band The Killers.

Around seven students were invited behind the scenes at the leading concert venue for the sell-out performance thanks to a partnership between the college and the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills (NSA).

Lee Beddow, a lecturer of performing music at Stoke on Trent College, said:

“Production days like these are a great opportunity for our students to see how big shows are set up, from the sound system to the lighting and stage, and gain invaluable knowledge and insight from industry professionals. Thanks to our partnership with the academy, we are able to offer several opportunities like this a year, and previous students have been able to go behind the scenes at touring concerts with The Script, The Specials and the Pink Floyd Experience, and some recently went to behind the scenes at The War Of The Worlds musical. They always thoroughly enjoy it and they all come away with something different from the experience, including a real insight into the technical aspects of their possible future career.”

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