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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.

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
LiveSoc Website: http://livesoc.susu.org/ (Not currently up to date)

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Thursday 28th September 2017: Alternative Music Freshers' Party, details below
Saturday 30th September 2017: First LiveSoc Jam of the Year

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]~~~~~
Saturday 30th September
Saturday 7th October
Saturday 14th October
Saturday 28th October
Saturday 11th November
Saturday 25th November
Saturday 9th December
-------- CHRISTMAS --------
Saturday 13th January
-------- EXAMS --------

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

This year the Jams and Open Mics will be run by Michael 'Old School Tampa Death Metal' Lewis and 'Mr Walking Open Mic Night' himself Rohan Gadhoke. 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 after 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 £4 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 year's AMFP will take place on Thursday 28th September 2017, the day after the Bunfight. Doors open at 18:30 with the first band starting at 19:00. Tickets can be purchased via the SUSU Box Office for £4 nearer the date, or on the door for £5. Student ID or other valid ID is required on the door as the bar will be opened up for business. If you don't know where Monte Halls Bar is there will be a group meeting on the Red Brick area of the Student Union. From there, we will guide you to the venue, leaving at 18:15.

This a great way to really get stuck in to the live music scene in Southampton.

In addition to the Jams we will also host acoustic open mic nights in The Bridge in the Student Union building, at regular intervals throughout the year. Dates and times for these will be confirmed later in the year but will most likely fall on Monday evenings. We will also be running three open mic events at the Wild Lime throughout the year. Again, 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.


"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 Socitites of various styles.

We also collaborated with SUSU and SUSingers to bring the Union's very first 'Open Bike Night' to fruitition 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 / £7.50 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)

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 us!

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 and Equipment Manager) - 2nd Year Maths and Physics
Dominic Neill (Bands Manager) - 2nd Year Mechanical Engineering
Michael Lewis (Jams and Open Mics Manager) - 2nd Year English
Rohan Gadhoke (Jams and Open Mics Manager) - 3rd Year Electronic Engineering
Katie Bishop-Hunt (General Committee Member) - Post-Grad Nursing

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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:

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

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