Loughborough is a university saturated in house, Dance and rap music. From the numerous DBE nights and Soundclash, there have been numerous “live” DJ performances and god awful acts that have graced the Union. So I got thinking, why doesn’t Loughborough student union host more Indie or Rock concerts?
Bands such as Bombay Bicycle Club, CHVRCHES and London Grammar in their published tours are playing university student unions all across the land. Rather than having dustbin acts, who are just cheap crap. Get some real talent playing music that gets regular airplay on Radio one. Instead of House and Dance music reverberating around Room 1, why not some guitars and drums?
The Student Union provision for live Indie and Rock music concerts is non-existent. For us Indie/alternative music lovers who occasionally go to the Union, we’re forced into Fusion with cheesy pop music that is god awful. The DJs playlists are pretty dull with the same music over and over. I admit, I like Nirvana, but I don’t need to hear it over and over in the same night.
By kettling us all in one room and hosting various house nights from Soundclash to DBE, the union is alienating us indie music fans out there. Money that could be spent in the Union is instead lost to other night clubs in Loughborough. If the Union were to host live acts, it could attract a new market of students that Union has lost in its subservience to House, Dance and Rap.
Live concerts, in my opinion, can generate a unique atmosphere that no DJ can ever provide. Nothing can match the thrashing of guitars, the smashing of the drums and the sheer emotion of a singer. Nothing can match it and nothing ever will.
You can argue all you like that nights such as Subversion and events such as Free Fest cater to this demand of indie, guitar music but this isn’t true. Subversion, in my experience, is poorly attended and does not provide live music. Free Fest does contain live performances from bands but they’re not a good standard of music when compared to the professional outfits that other university student unions attract to them.
I think it’s time that the Student Union dip into their pockets and get some bands that will entice students who are disaffected with the limited music choice offered. In the theme of the “better decisions” campaign that the student union is running, I think their best decision could be having a few live gigs once in a while to get music lovers all over Loughborough student union flocking back to the Union once more.