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Students turn up the sound on Virtually Wychwood

The Wychwood Festival is heading online again this summer, and University of Gloucestershire students will be teaming up with the Festival to deliver the virtual event.

More than 50 students from the University of Gloucestershire are playing their part in Virtually Wychwood on Saturday 5 June in management, technical and performance roles. 

Virtually Wychwood Festival 2021 Poster

The one-day virtual festival is headlined by Thrill Collins and will be streamed online with a socially distanced live audience at Cheltenham Pub, the Bottle of Sauce. It will feature eight hours of live music performed by a mix of artists from previous Wychwood Festivals and current university performers.

There’s also an international collaboration, with three performances being broadcast from the University of Gloucestershire’s partner institute – Humber College in Canada.

Graeme Merifield Wychwood Director, Graeme Merifield, said: “The successful relationship between the University and The Wychwood Festival goes back over a decade now. We’ve really enjoyed having students manage and run our on-site radio station, their own stage and much more besides.

“The last two years have obviously been particularly difficult for live events, and Wychwood is no exception. But, once again, our friends at the University have stepped up to the mark and are helping deliver this amazing project with very little notice. I can’t thank them enough and know that we’ll all be enjoying a great day on June 5 due to their commitment and professionalism.”

Andrew Lansley, Senior Lecturer in Music Business, said: “This is our second virtual festival collaboration with Wychwood and follows an 11-year partnership between the University and the Festival. Delivering a virtual event and a socially distanced live audience will be an interesting challenge for our Music and Sound students, and they are all looking forward to running the programme for such a major festival.”

To find out more and book tickets, visit the festival website