South Essex College rock V Festival with Silent Disco

OVER 1,000 raucous revellers packed South Essex College’s silent disco tent at V Festival in Chelmsford at the weekend.

It was the first time the College has attended the festival, which was celebrating its 20th anniversary. The College used the event to boost awareness of its degree programmes, offered at its University Centres in Southend and Thurrock.

In exchange for email addresses, festival merry-makers gained free access to the silent disco, with music transmitted through wireless headphones.

After a boogie they were given festival survival kits, including sun glasses and a poncho, which came in very handy, as Michael Bennett, Head of Marketing and Communications, explained:

“The first day was absolutely roasting, with temperatures hitting 30 degrees plus, and it was great to see lots of people wearing our sun glasses. During the second day, torrential rain hit the festival, and our ponchos were in great demand.”

Over 180,000 people were estimated to have attended the festival over the weekend. The event first took place in 1996 when Pulp and Paul Weller headlined.

Michael added: “It is important for the College to access so many young people, as each year thousands decide to leave Essex and study degrees elsewhere. We hope by showcasing the College at the biggest event in the county, we can persuade more people to study locally. There is no better county in which to live, study and have fun.”

The College’s tent was given the thumbs up from Katie Corcoran, 18 from Brentwood. She said: “The silent disco is an excellent idea – I would definitely come back next year. V Festival is great because there is always something for everyone.”

There is still time to enrol on the College’s degree programmes through clearing. For more information visit: www.southessex.ac.uk/clearing.

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