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Today marks the release of ‘Back To Black’, the brand-new Amy Winehouse biopic covering the recording of her seminal second album. 

In honour of that, we wanted to do a little throwback to when we hosted the exceptional ‘Night of Amy’ at the @waterbearvenue featuring Amy's original and official backing band, who played a selection from her extensive back catalogue. 

It was an absolutely amazing night, with some of our students even having the chance to sing Amy’s songs with the band! Throughout the evening, we had 17 vocalists across different years and courses sing a track of their choice, covering all the hits, from ‘Rehab’, ‘Back to Black’, and ‘Tears Dry on Their Own’, and they did a truly amazing job. 

Thank you to @daledavisbass and the band and everyone who performed for a gig to remember! 
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Our academic year is over for our 3 year on-site BA students, and here are some of our students’ favourite moments from the year! 

We asked our students, in both Brighton and Sheffield, what their favourite moments were from the year, and they gave us some great answers! 

From auditioning for Universal Music to playing a headline gig, practical assignments to the creative performance workshops, it’s safe to say this has been an amazing year, and we are incredibly excited for next year! 

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From a masterclass with The Hoosiers to playing at Glastonbury, working at FMLY to performing with Eddy Thrower, our students have had some amazing opportunities this year. 

WaterBear is committed to offering our students opportunities to further their experience and professional development within the music industry. 

Whether it’s performing a gig or working at a venue, we want to ensure our students are getting the best possible chance at working within the world of music, and these opportunities form part of that commitment. 

We can’t wait to see what opportunities our students are going to get next year! 

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A day in the life of a WaterBear Level 5 student!

One of our Brighton students, JT (@jtwinteriscool), has filmed a day in his life as a WaterBear student. From performing with house-band to rehearsing with his own band, JT gives you the rundown of what a typical day as a student in our college could look like.

WaterBear students get access to some fantastic opportunities; from free rehearsal space to paid performance opportunities. If you are an aspiring musician looking for somewhere to study, make sure you check out our website for further information.

Thanks JT!

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Last Friday we had our first ever End of Year Party in Sheffield! 

Taking place at @the_dorothy_pax, it was an amazing night, and a perfect celebration for our first ever Academic year in Sheffield! 

The night featured some incredible performances, including: 

👉@kid_blu3e

👉@stephaniechloes

👉@katesley_aleah

👉@101104bpb (with our very own @molly_richards joining him on stage!)

👉@moorecaitlen

👉@lucycarysforthxo & @millbegley

👉Francis Gordon 

With DJ sets from: 

👉@joshuaellery

👉@jonny_hiley

And with our very own Compere, @harryjohnwright99! 

Well done on an amazing first year, WaterBears, and see you in September! 

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Last week, one of our Sheffield student bands, Good Damage (@gooddamageband), had a photoshoot! 

Photographed by the amazing Reece Pinches (@reece_pinches_), this photoshoot represents a valuable opportunity for the band, and demonstrates just some of the amazing experiences our students, across both campuses, have on offer. 
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On Tuesday, we hosted ‘A Night of George Michael’ at @waterbearvenue in Brighton, with @garland.jo shirleyhappiness @jvoxvocalacademy and Lucy Jules who are George’s four original backing singers from his live band.

The band performed a collection of Georgie’s greatest hits, and some of our WaterBear vocalists were lucky enough to get on stage and perform with them! 

This was a truly special night, so thank you to all those who came down, and a big thank you to the Official George Michael Singers for performing!
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Last week, one of our Sheffield students, Jay Hargreaves (@j.hargreaves), hosted his events group’s first ever DJ night! 

Designed by students, for students, @nite.sheffield represents Jay’s aim of a cross-campus night out, featuring DJs from all three of Sheffield’s major universities. 

Last week’s event saw Jay perform, along with fellow WaterBear student Owen Miles (@opium_uk), Moon Girl Raya (@moongirlraya), and Nuddsy, at one of Sheffield’s best venues, The Dorothy Pax (@the_dorothy_pax). 

We hope to see more events from Jay and Nite Sheffield! 

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WaterBear is extremely excited to announce it is partnering with one of Sheffield’s most famous venues, @yellowarchstudios! 

Based in Kelham, Yellow Arch has been operating since 1997, hosting recording artists and gigs. The birthplace of Sheffield’s very own Arctic Monkeys, being the site where the band first started rehearsing, Yellow Arch has also played host to various other artists, including Pulp, Richard Hawley, and Kylie Minogue! 

Since 2015, Yellow Arch began hosting gigs, with the likes of Blossoms, Her’s, Jockstrap, and Do Nothing gracing its stage. 

Partnering with Yellow Arch will mean our students will receive a variety of amazing benefits, including work experience and shadowing opportunities, internships, venue discounts and much more. 

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Wanna know more about what our Sheffield campus offers? 

Well, aren’t you in luck! 

Here’s a video highlighting everything you can get studying at our Sheffield Campus. 

At our HQ we have classrooms, mac rooms, tutorial rooms, a recording studio, and even a stage where our students, or special guests, can perform. 

Externally, we work with Sheffield venues like @corpsheffield, @teslarecording, and @makenoisestudios to ensure our students have the best possible facilities to practise and perform. 

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Last Wednesday, we were lucky enough to have @eddythrower join us at @waterbearvenue for a Night of Drums! 

Opened up by our very Brighton student Dan Haysom (@slappy.drums), who is a drummer for both @missioncreepofficial and @azure_the_band, the night was an evening of performance, discussion, and insight, with Eddy talking through all things drums, based on his past experiences with bands like Blink182, Linkin Park, One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Busted. 

A big thank you to Eddy for coming along, as well as to Dan for opening up, and all of you who attended! 

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WaterBear is joining forces with @peddlermkt to offer our students multiple performance slots on one of their stages this August 

Peddler Market is Sheffield's monthly street food and culture event, based in the heart of Sheffield's trendy industrial quarter. Having been part of Sheffield's cultural scene since 2014, Peddler Market has won awards for its engaging mix of street food, craft beer, cocktails, and most importantly for us, live music. 

With two stages, one in the main room and another in the courtyard, Peddler Market offers aspiring musicians some fantastic opportunities for live performances. With a mixture of singers, bands, and DJs, performances at Peddler Market are not limited by genre, ensuring a wide array of musicians are able to perform. 

WaterBear has been offered the chance to takeover one of Peddler's stages for a whole night, from 2pm until 11pm, with various slots for some of our students to perform. 

To apply please check the opportunities page on Canvas. 

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Today we want to spotlight one of our WaterBear Brighton graduates, Fin Anderson (@finandersondrums)! 

Whilst at WaterBear, Fin studied for a BA (Hons) Career Musician Degree. Since graduating, Fin has had various bits of session work, including playing with @bugeyedbugeyedbugeyed on tour, and performing with @lilyknott and @__formz in both London and Manchester! 

We can’t wait to see how your career progresses, Fin! 

Music: 'Spooky' by Call Me Franco feat. Sofia Hole

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On Friday night, some of our WaterBears had the opportunity to attend the soundcheck of @cryptopsyofficial and @atheistband at @corpsheffield in Sheffield. 

Students got the chance to watch all bands soundcheck, and were then lucky enough to be given guestlist for the gig, and were able to meet the Cryptopsy backstage with their tour manager! 

Our students who attended were able to have a personal Q&A with the band, and even get their merch signed. How cool is that? 

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@waterbearvenue’s sound engineer team are looking for 3 students to help them with the live sound for @greatescapefest at The WaterBear Venue. 

You will need to be available from 15th – 18th May. 

This will be a fast paced, busy weekend with over 33 bands performing at the venue over 3 days. There will be shifts of up to 6 hours at a time. You’ll be working within a team environment and helping everything run as smoothly as possible. 

What you’ll be doing: 

👉 Setting up / packing down 

👉 Working with many different bands for fast paced, quick changeovers. 

👉 Assisting the lead sound engineer 

👉 Moving musical equipment to different locations of the venue 

👉 Keeping everything running to time 

We are looking for someone who can think on their feet with good initiative and can thrive in a busy environment. 

If you’re interested in applying, please send over to events@waterbear.org.uk : 

👉 A short description of why you would be good for this role 

👉 List any previous experience in working with sound 

👉 Your full name and contact details 

This is a paid opportunity of £10 p/h. This will not provide with a ticket for the weekend of the festival. You will also be expected to attend a dress rehearsal of The Great Escape on 8th May. Deadline to apply is 14th April. 

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@sheffoodfest returns to the Peace Gardens in May 2024, and they are looking to expand the festival's music programme and increase opportunities for local artists! 

The organisers are looking for emerging and grassroots talent to showcase the talent of Sheffield, this is where WaterBear students can get involved! 

There are numerous performance slots available for our students. We are looking for solo artists or small groups to perform. If you are interested in taking part, please send over any links to your music, as well as a short description of your music. 

The performance slots will be taking place on Saturday, 25th May and Sunday, 26th May. 

For all the information head over to the opportunities page on canvas. 

The application deadline is Friday, 5th April. 

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@_launchpadmusic have recently announced the 2024 iteration of their Future Leaders scheme, and it is a fantastic opportunity for any of our Sheffield-based students. 

The Future Leaders scheme offers a group of emerging industry professionals the opportunity to engage with national music industry organisations, attend training workshops on professional development in the industry, and build relationships with other early career music professionals. 

Through the opportunities delivered by the scheme, sixteen Future Leaders will gain music industry insight and knowledge from music industry professionals, as well as management and leadership tools to work with us, and play a role in developing a vibrant, inclusive and healthy music industry in the future. 

The scheme is open to anyone based in Yorkshire aged between 18 - 25 years old. The opportunities will be a mix of online and in-person events, and travel costs are supported as part of the programme. 

If you are interested in applying to the scheme, you can visit www.launchpad-music.com/futureleaders to find out more. Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday, 2nd April. 

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Why We're WaterBear...

- ‘Water bear’ is the common name for a Tardigrade.
- Tardigrades are micro creatures, found everywhere on earth.
- They are the most resilient creatures known.
- They can survive and adapt to their surroundings, even in outer space.
- Their resilience and ability to adapt and survive inspires us in everything we do. We love them.

WaterBear Education Ltd, Hanover House,
118 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG, UK  Map

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0) 1273 726230

WaterBear Sheffield, Unit 4, Gatecrasher,
49 Eyre Lane, Sheffield S1 4RB, UK

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0) 1143 992720

WaterBear Education Ltd, Hanover House,
118 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG, UK  Map

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0) 1273 726230

WaterBear Sheffield, Unit 4, Gatecrasher,
49 Eyre Lane, Sheffield S1 4RB, UK

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0) 1143 992720

Why We're WaterBear...

- ‘Water bear’ is the common name for a Tardigrade.
- Tardigrades are micro creatures, found everywhere on earth.
- They are the most resilient creatures known.
- They can survive and adapt to their surroundings, even in outer space.
- Their resilience and ability to adapt and survive inspires us in everything we do. We love them.

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