maddie jones at 2000trees

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Maddie Jones at 2000trees

12th December 2023

At the heart of BIMM University is a thriving community of creatives who share a passion for pushing boundaries and breaking new ground. Whether you’re a musician, filmmaker, game developer, or performer, you’ll find a place to apply and extend your specialism in our dynamic community.

‘Together We Create’ isn’t just a slogan – it’s a living testament to the collaborative spirit that defines the BIMM experience. It’s about forging connections, amplifying ideas, and bringing dreams to life through collective effort.

We spoke to BIMM Music Institute Brighton’s Maddie Jones about her experiences working at 2000trees Festival.

My name is Maddie Jones, and I’m a third-year music business student at BIMM Brighton. I love live music. That first note of a live performance after an artist walks on stage is my favourite feeling, the giddiness and rush of adrenaline.

This year, I had the opportunity, through BIMM, to work on the Forest Stage at 2000trees Festival in an artist liaison role where I had to look after artists backstage before and after they perform. I have to note that the hardcore grunge music at this festival isn’t my usual taste but I really grew a new appreciation for it over the five days I was there, particularly as almost every band playing at our stage was so down to earth and easy to work with. We almost had a stage invasion for Bob Vylan, a very close stage stop due to torrential rain and a talking parrot frequenting backstage most days, so to say it was an eventful weekend would be a bit of an understatement.

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One of the main reasons I loved Trees so much was how much freedom we had with the stage, considering the majority of people running the show were BIMM students from all campuses up and down the country. I think I speak for everyone on the team when I say it was so hands-on, and pushed everyone to their limits, but everyone came out 100% better in their roles from when they started the weekend.

It was also nice to build relationships with other students from different campuses. Building those connections allowed me to have go-to sound engineers, lighting technicians or stagehands for when I want to put on gigs in Brighton, Bristol, Manchester or London with people I know will do a good job and who I can trust.

Being able to collaborate well with people is so important in the creative industries. I know that sounds like something a teacher would say to you in school, but your attitude is everything in this game, and if you have a bad one nobody is going to want to work with you. Simple as that. The team we had a Trees became so close over the weekend because everyone just worked well together with no stress or tyranny ( not showering for five days may have contributed to that, too).

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