23rd February 2018

Industry Opportunities

Year-on-year we build upon our industry connections so that our students gain real experience at exciting events across the globe. Here’s a small taster of where we’ve been.

Glastonbury Festival

Backstage Academy consistently secures work placement opportunities for our students at ‘Glasto’, the world’s favourite festival. Our students work in a wide range of different roles across the 5-day event  including: The BBC Introducing Stage, The Other Stage, Block9, Shangri-LA, William’s Green and The Park. Gaining experience at this world-leading event is an experience our students remember for years to come.

Backstage Academy Students at Glastonbury


BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend

The annual festival, brought to you by BBC Radio 1, has been around for over 14 years and goes to a different location every year. Each year we have students working on the In New Music We Trust stage and have students working in a variety of production roles, from artist liaison officers and transport managers to stage hands and load-in/load-out crew. The festival attracts a wide selection of well known bands and is the biggest free ticketed music event in Europe.

“I have consistently been impressed by the hardworking and conscientious students from Backstage Academy that come to work with me on R1BW. It’s an extremely tough but exciting show to be involved with and this year was no exception. I worked closely with two final year students on the advance in the run up to the event, who, I can safely safe I couldn’t have done it without! The other Backstage Academy team members also gave me 100% and proved themselves to be invaluable.”

Kate Stevens, Super Friendz, Artist Liaison for BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend

Backstage Academy Students at R1 Big Weekend

Camden Rocks

Camden Town has long been the hub of the UK’s rock ‘n’ roll scene.

Each year Backstage Academy students have the opportunity to work directly for stage managers at different levels of responsibility,  ranging from load crew to assistant stage managers.

The students gain plenty of hands on experience dealing with every aspect of a rock and roll show and have direct contact with artists and pro crew in their natural environment.

“The students we take on each year for Camden Rocks are fantastic and well trusted. They come equipped with the right practical skills, attitude and approach which is testament to what they are doing at Backstage Academy”

Ant Forbes, General Manager at CATO Music


Ibiza Rocks

Our students regularly jet off to Ibiza to work with the island’s leading live music promoter, Ibiza Rocks, with acts such as Royal Blood, Stormzy, Clean Bandit, Bastille, Jess Glynn, Kaiser Chiefs, Wilkinson and Wolf Alice headlining sets at the venue. Backstage Academy students have been placed in key positions at Ibiza Rocks, including the roles of stage manager, front of house engineer, stage crew, production office assistant, video technician and technical production manager.

“I like to work with people who are professional, adaptable  dedicated and good to have around. What might previously have sounded like an unrealistic shopping list of qualities for work in the events business is now more achievable; these people are out there and Backstage Academy is helping to create them. I’ve heard it said that a University education is like a gym membership, where an individual is provided with information and expertise, but it’s up to them to put the work in to get in shape.

Backstage students tend not to be shy of this. They arrive to work with me well adjusted to the live events industry, hungry to learn more and keen to get on. They consistently display a suitably professional attitude and approach and an impressive and healthy breadth of knowledge and experience. I’ve employed ex-students to work on my projects with global touring artists, national broadcasters and international events businesses and will continue to look for talent at Backstage Academy”

Mike Darling, Industry Consultant, Ibiza Rocks