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Live Music Society

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LiveSoc provides a platform for musicians and music lovers to enjoy performing and watching live music in and around Southampton.

Our aim is to host regular jams, gigs and open mics, provide support and equipment to budding musicians, and to meet and socialise with fellow music-lovers.

Interested in getting involved with LiveSoc? There are many ways you can interact with us as a society; whether you play an instrument or not, just turn up and get involved!

Membership to LiveSoc will always be FREE.

2017-2018 Members group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LiveSoc1718/
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LiveMusicSociety/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/LiveSocOfficial/?fref=ts
Performing Arts Page: https://perform.susu.org/society/livesoc

(Sorry we can't insert links here!)

***Instead please direct any queries to Ben Rowlinson - President (bdr1g15@soton.ac.uk)***

Saturday 17th February - Standard weekly jam in Clubs and Socs Room 3-6pm
Wednesday 21st February - Burger Social
Saturday 24th February - Standard weekly jam in Clubs and Socs Room 3-6pm
Friday 2nd March - Wild Lime Open Mic 7-11pm
Friday 9th March - Jam/Open Mic Session in the Bridge 7-11pm
Thursday 15th March - Gig in the Bridge 8-11pm

The purpose of the Jam Sessions is for musicians, or casual observers, to come along and enjoy a relaxed musical environment. We typically perform a range of covers and improvised jams as a group, plus a series of solo performances. Any and all, musical styles and proficiency, are WELCOMED and ENCOURAGED. All equipment necessary for a small band performance will always be made available to anyone who attends the Jam. There will also be dedicated acoustic jams throughout the year to supplement the traditionally more electric jams.

This year (2017-18) the Jams will be based in the Clubs and Societies Room, on Floor 2 of the Student Union Building, between 3pm and 6pm. Provisional dates are as follows:

~~~~~[SEMESTER ONE]~~~~~
Wednesday 4th October (17:30 - 20:30)
Saturday 14th October
Saturday 21st October - Acoustic
Saturday 28th October
Saturday 4th November
Saturday 11th November
Saturday 18th November - Acoustic
Saturday 25th November
Saturday 2nd December
Saturday 9th December
-------- CHRISTMAS --------
Saturday 13th January - Acoustic
-------- EXAMS --------

~~~~~[SEMESTER TWO]~~~~~
Saturday 27th January
Saturday 3rd February
Saturday 10th February
Saturday 17th February - Acoustic
Saturday 24th February
Saturday 3rd March
Saturday 10th March
Saturday 17th March - Acoustic Outdoors
-------- EASTER HOLIDAY ---------
Saturday 21st April
Saturday 28th April
Saturday 5th May
Saturday 12th May - Acoustic
Saturday 19th May
------- EXAMS + SUMMER --------

This year the Jams and Open Mics will be run by Michael 'Old School Tampa Death Metal' Lewis and the 'Bulgarian Beast of Classical Guitar' Todor Toshkov. Please also note that we often head to Stag's after the Jam, which is a great way to converse with, and get to know, your fellow jammers, (consumption of alcohol is certainly not necessary).

For more details of the jams visit the events section of our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LiveMusicSociety/

We hold two annual gigs, the 'Alternative Music Freshers' Party' (AMFP), during Freshers' week, run in collaboration with our brothers and sisters at Rock Music Society, and the 'LiveSoc Summer Gig' held just before the Summer Exam period. Both events consist of 5 local bands of various genres performing at the Monte Halls Bar. We offer different bands every time to suit as many musical tastes as possible. It's only £3 for 5 quality bands and a cracking evening of musical delights.

Plus, we run an after-party to a local public house establishment to socialise with your fellow audience members and discuss the evening's entertainment.
This a great way to really get stuck in to the live music scene in Southampton!

We will also be running three open mic events at the Wild Lime throughout the year. Exact details of this will be confirmed at a later date.

"Alternative Music Freshers' Party" - 28th September 2017: 5 high-quality performances by local bands located at Monte Halls Bar in collaboration with RockSoc.

Scoops and Hobbit social - Saturday 7th October - 7pm til late

Jam Social @ The Alexandra Beer Emporium - Tuesday 24th October - 7pm at the Interchange

Acoustic Open Mic Night hosted by LiveSoc @ The Wild Lime - Wednesday 8th November - 7-11pm

LiveSoc committee band open up for The FortySix @ The Wild Lime - Friday 1st December

More events are pending Confirmation!

"Livesoc Summer Gig" - Date tbc: Livesoc's last event of the academic year, following a similar format to the AMFP, also located in Monte halls bar.

Starting in 2016, LiveSoc has aimed to work more closely with the other music and dance societies under the Performing Arts Group in collaborative events.

In March 2017 we collaborated successfully with a number of Dance Societies in the annual 'Pure Dance' performance, providing live music to many of the dance performances. This is certainly something we wish to pursue with many other Dance Societies of various styles.

We also collaborated with SUSU and SUSingers to bring the Union's very first 'Open Bike Night' to fruition in June 2017. The event consisted of multiple amplified acoustic performances powered by the audience's pedal-power.

If your society is interested in collaborating with LiveSoc, please don't hesitate in contacting us by email: bdr1g15@soton.ac.uk (Ben Rowlinson - President)

LiveSoc is fortunate to be in the position of having it's own musical equipment in storage in the Student Union Building. This equipment is readily available for hire at a certain price per piece per day. Please be warned that it is up to you to find a suitable location near the Student Union Building for using the equipment. All our equipment hire is managed by Will Clarke who can be contacted using wc3g16@soton.ac.uk.

We have:
1x Drumkit (Full Kit) -------- £10 Practice / £15 Gig
1x Drumkit (Shells) --------- £6 Practice / £9 Gig
1x Drumkit (Breakables) ---- £6 Practice / £9 Gig
1x Microphone ------------ £5 Practice / £7 Gig
1x Keyboard -------------- £6 Practice / £9 Gig
1x Line 6 Guitar Amp ------ £5 Practice / £6 Gig
1x Kustom Guitar Amp ----- £5 Practice / £6 Gig
1x Hartke Bass Amp ------- £5 Practice / £6 Gig
1x Active Monitor ---------- £5 Practice / £6 Gig
1x Combo Amp (2x12) ----- £5 Practice / £6 Gig
1x Official LiveSoc Cowbell (not for hire I'm afraid)

Full Setup: £25 Practice / £40 Gig

For more information on Livesoc, join our Facebook group or get in touch with one of our committee members. We hope to see you get stuck in with Live Music Society!

Ben Rowlinson (President) - 3rd Year Electronic Engineering
Petros Karydogiannis (Vice-President/Secretary) - 3rd Year Electronic Engineering
Josh Brown (Treasurer) - 4th Year Geology
Mia Green (Social Secretary) - 2nd Year Oceanography
Will Clarke (Events Manager) - 2nd Year Mathematical Physics
Dominic Neill (Bands Manager) - 2nd Year Mechanical Engineering
Michael Lewis (Jams and Open Mics Manager) - 2nd Year English
Todor Toshkov (Jams and Open Mics Manager) - 2nd Year Aerospace Engineering
Zachary Francis-Cox (Equipment Manager) - 1st Year Acoustical Engineering

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Membership Information

These are the current membership plans offered by Live Music Society, although many groups offer a free period for new members to try out their group.

  • Free Membership (£0)

This Years Committee

All student groups within the Students' Union are run entirely by students. The student committee for Live Music Society this year are:

  • Dominic Neill
    Bands Manager
  • William Clarke
    Events Manager
  • Katie Hunt
    General Committee Member
  • Michael Lewis
    Jams and Open Mics Manager
  • Rohan Gadhoke
    Jams and Open Mics Manager
  • Ben Rowlinson
  • Mia Green
  • Mia Green
    Social Secretary and Advertising
  • Joshua Brown
  • Petros Karydogiannis

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