Annual absence note from me. Currently working on getting out and broadening my horizons in terms of my photography. I have been very inactive and have been passing this off with friends and family with some bullshit excuses that shouldn't be let fly. Hopefully once I force myself out of my comfort one we can get cracking again!
To fill you all in, I passed second year of college so I am about to start the third year of my quest in obtaining a BSc. in Geology from University College Cork, Ireland. SO far so good, fascinating subjects, amazing field trips, great people, huge expense! Money's a killer. But that's a story for another day.
For the upcoming academic year I am also the Auditor of the UCC Live Music Society. We had a very exciting year last year where we moved forward on some new ideas from previous years and left a solid foundation for future events to prosper on. The year got off to a great start when we had two UCC bands, Rabbits Love Liquorice and Emerson play in the Amphitheatre during Fresher's Fest and not long after our presence on campus early on was rewarded with a record EGM attendance of 60+ people, in a room built for 20!
Our first big event of the year was the first of our weekly Old Bar gigs. This was a very exciting one for us as it was the first collaboration between the UCC Live Music Society and UCC Student Union and we felt what better way to christen this union than by presenting our offering to the Jazz Weekend Gods in the Old Bar with The Papa Zitas! This gig was the pre-party to the launch of the Savoy, the new Official Club of UCC! One of the things we made available to students on the night was that the first 50 people into the Old Bar gained free entry to the Savoy on the night!
We went on to collaborate with Cork's best venue Cyprus Avenue in providing discount tickets for some of their gigs for UCC students, we had our two showcase gigs there, one very intimate folk evening headlined by LOWmountain and the second a more progressive night headlined by Lamp.
Towards the end of term one we had an electronic music workshop with Cork artist Toby Kaar which went down very well. Over Christmas we had the Street Mash-Up in aid of Simon Community where we helped raise €1054 for the charity and we launched UCC band Radio Caroline's Christmas single 'Dancing Frosty', all proceeds from which went to UCC SVdP Society.
Post-Christmas the excitement was building up for our Battle of the Bands competition, we pulled in record crowds over the course of the six-week event and the eventual winners Lowlek got a slot at Castlepalooza, €2000 worth of free recording time at Claycastle Studios, up to €600 in cash and a support slot to a major act in Cyprus Avenue! Other gigs included our R&G week gig with Walking on Cars and our LoveMusicHateRacism gig with Brian Deady and Ka Tet. We also played a part in the organisation of the award-winning 'Relay for Life' which was put on by UCC Cancer Society.
Thanks for reading folks,