The Events Committee meet in the on Tuesdays at 17:30. They are tasked with helping our Events staff to plan and run our programme of semi-regular night-time events including but not limited to: club-nights, gigs, lecture series, festivals and seasonal holidays such as Halloween and St Patrick’s Day.
Here at the QMU we have a dedicated team of Events Staff who have experience in the field of running successful events, however, they couldn’t do what they do without the input of our members to help them know what students want. Is there an event you’d love to see the QMU run? Or one that you fancy running yourself? Well Events Committee are here to help make your ideas into reality (budget-permitting).
It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Union probably wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the efforts of past Events Committees. Our musical legacy dating back to 1968 is thanks in large part to Events Committee members who managed to book the right act at the right time just as they were taking off. Take a look at the names on the band wall on the Ground Floor: just about half of them from Queen to Nirvana were proposed, contacted and booked by our Events Committee members. Whilst the names on that wall are impressive, some of the names that were nearly on there would make you gasp. One Events Convenor in the early 90’s had the chance to book two boys from Manchester who went on to some very big things, stating that he thought they were “crap”. Definitely maybe a bad call.
The 80’s were an especially busy time for the committee, and thanks to a run of very active convenors, the QMU was established as a key name on the Scottish touring circuit. One of the convenors from this time, Mark Mackie, went on to run his own music promotion company, Regular Music, who are now one of the biggest in the UK – organising events such as Kelvingrove Summer Nights and festivals all across the country.
Sadly the music industry is a bit tougher these days, and a lot of our gigs come in through external bookings via big industry promoters who the Events Staff deal with. However, that is not to say that the committee can’t book bands: last year they put on in excess of 6 gigs with more than 18 local bands playing on our second stage in the upstairs Bar. The music scene in Glasgow is recognised by UNESCO as one of the best and most diverse in the world and Events Committee gives you the chance to be a part of it. Who knows, you just might propose the next big name or new sound.
In usual circumstance, highlights for the Events Committee include the planning of our seasonal events and they're busy working on Hallowe’en and Christmas in Semester One, and St Paddy's Day and End of Term in Semester Two. For now, they have combined with our Social Committee to deliver events online for students in these trying times.