Byron Bay

10 Apr 2018





10 Apr 2018

Students from SAE Creative Media Institute were busy supporting operations at the 29th Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest, instantly recognisable in their black SAE CREW t-shirts.

Adrenaline and excitement kept the 33 students energised as they worked long hours at the iconic music festival. 

For film student Om Isvari, it was a dream come true to work with his inspiration, Robert Plant, who brought the house down on Friday night with his band The Sensational Shape Shifters.



 SAE student films Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real at Crossroads stage


Also on site was Darren Sharman and Nathan Tommasi, SAE alumni and founders of Vision Lab Media; now contracted by Bluesfest to film the event. Having both previously interned at Bluesfest, Nathan and Darren’s story is a great example of SAE students transforming a work placement opportunity into a career.

“Having experienced Bluesfest as an SAE intern has been an asset in the creation of our business; it gave us the confidence to go in and use our prior knowledge”, says Darren. “Now we get the amazing experience of capturing creative artists, awesome vibes and an engaged crowd, it’s not your run of the mill job!”


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Vision Lab media Darren Sharman and Nathan Tommasi on the ground at Bluesfest


Design student Mivon Prince-Leyva had the opportunity to meet Lukas Nelson, Willie Nelson’s son, while working at the Bluesfest headquarters. Being part of the social media team was also a chance for him to build a professional network with like-minded creatives.

Mivon said he cherished the opportunity to be part of the festival, to be immersed in its orchestration, and to learn on the job.



 Design students working on Social media pages @ Bluesfest HQ


General Manager of SAE Australia, Lee Aitken, said the Institute offered its students real world opportunities to connect with the best in the business.

“Bluesfest has been running for 29 years and is recognised as one of the world’s major music events. For our students, working at Bluesfest is an unrivalled experience that enables them to put their skills to the test, learn from industry leaders and get up close with star performers.”

On the final night of the festival, the perennially popular Chic, featuring Nile Rogers, invited four SAE audio students on stage for an epic dance party during the final song of the set. It was a special moment for the crowd and one the four lucky students will never forget.



 Audio student Shamai Rogers Backstage & Between sets at Mojo


The SAE crew weren’t just working behind the scenes. SAE National Admissions Team Leader, Elena Marcigot, performed with her band, Hayley Grace and The Bay Collective, demonstrating the SAE team is a talented bunch both behind the scenes and in front of a crowd.


SAE National Admissions coordinator Elena Marcigot  performs with her band Hayley Grace and The Bay Collective 

SAE Creative Media Institute Byron Bay would like to congratulate all their student interns, staff performers and graduates on an extremely successful Bluesfest 2018.



 Design students at Bluesfest headquarters 




'Faces of Bluesfest' Polaroid project




 Film student getting up close and personal with The New Power Generation @ Mojo 



Audio student Kabir Alum-Zadah taking time out to enjoy the atmosphere


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