Students Experience Download

Students from Stoke on Trent College are gaining a back stage pass to one of the best gigs in the country – as part of their studies.

Six students from the BTEC Diploma in Production Arts are going to the Download Festival in Donnington Park on June 12, where they will have a guided behind-the-scenes tour, before enjoying the rest of the festival acts for free.

The trip will include time spent with Steve Cheney – who regularly sets the main stage at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds festivals.

Stoke on Trent College’s role as a founding college within the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills has enabled the visit to take place.

Charles Bartholomew, Assistant Director of Media and Performing Arts at Stoke on Trent College’s Burslem campus, was at the first Download Festival 31 years ago.

He will now return to the concert, this time to accompany his students.

Charles said: “It is great to be able to offer these opportunities to the students, as it really shows them the working environment they will be going into.

“As one of the founder colleges of the National Skills Academy, our students can go to all these events free of charge and gain work experience and know-how from the best professionals in the industry.

“I’m sure the concert has changed a lot from the first time I went, but I am thoroughly looking forward to the experience as I know the students are.”

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