LJMU free & discounted offers: How to access!


To find out more information on all all the offers, please click here for our latest booklet where all events and offers are listed. To make it easier, if you already know what offer you would like to access and the provider of the offer then just follow the 2 or 3 easy step process listed below.

Don’t forget we have our City Social events, where you can join the team and other students to get involved in some of Liverpool’s best experiences. For more information on these, please email studentsopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk or contact the team on social media @LJMUStudentOpps.


  1. Go to everymanplayhouse.com/ljmu to sign up for your YEP membership.
  2. Browse the website for any shows you would like to attend, you can book online, pop into the box office at either venue or call 0151 709 4776.
  3. Take your student card with you when you collect your tickets from the box office.



  1. From up to 2 weeks before the day of the performance, call up on 0151 709 4321 or visit the box office in person.
  2. Let them know you are an LJMU student, how many tickets you would like and when you would like to go.
  3. Take your student card with you when going to pick them up.



  1. Call up 0151 709 3789 or visit the box office in person.
  2. Let them know you are an LJMU student, quote the code LJMUDISC and how many tickets you would like (up to 2 tickets per LJMU student).
  3. Take your student card with you when going to pick them up.



  1. Take your student card to Tate Liverpool as many times and whenever you want for free access to all exhibitions.
  2. To visit Tate Modern or Tate Britain, download and print the Tate voucher from www.ljmu.ac.uk/studentopportunities.



  1. Visit the university website page for Lifestyles https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/ microsite/before-you-arrive/free-gym-membership.
  2. Download the form listed at ‘Step 3’.
  3. Print out and fill in the form then take the completed form to a Lifestyles near you.



  1. Collect your tickets from your Student Opportunities Team on campus, or otherwise from the SAW central reception in the LJMU Aquinas building (Mount Pleasant Campus) from 10am – 3.30pm.
  1. Just bring your student ID along with you for collection and take your ticket to the Cathedral shop to claim it.

LightNight 2019

LightNight is one of Liverpool’s most cool and cultured events and we can’t wait to see all of the amazing performances and activities that have been planned throughout the city! Here are the Student Opps team’s top picks for the night. The information booklet is £3 and you can order one online from the LightNight website.

The Student Opps team are also running a Culture Crawl, taking you around the key areas for LightNight performance so that you can make the most of this boss event. Have a look at our Culture Crawl details and DM us or email to sign up!

Marcy’s top picks:

  1. Cave Rave (P.41)
    Time: 17:00 – 22:00
    Location: Victoria Gallery and Museum

About: Following the Ritual theme, this unique event will take you through the mysterious cultural rituals of people from the Stone Age. You’ll be led into a ‘cave’ by the light of lanterns, where you will undergo a tribe initiation ritual by a shaman. You’ll also get the chance to make your own cave art and, learn how bones were turned into musical instruments and other useful tools.

  1. The Drag Lab! (P.39)
    Time: 17:00 – 00:00
    Location: Everyman Theatre

About: Drag is one of my favourite forms of art and performance, and this Drag Lab is your chance to ask ‘what does drag mean to me?’. On what is describes as a journey of self-discovery, meet some of the city’s most subversive queer performers and explore the artistry of drag, whilst questioning and learning about your own views of gender.

  1. Zine Making with ROOT-ed (P.27)
    Time: 17:00 – 20:00
    Location: FACT

About: Zine’s are a great way to express yourself and expand your view of your own story. Pop along to FACT and create your own zine, exploring archetypal narratives from fairy tales to everyday life. ROOT-ed (Revolution Of Our Tie) is a self-published zine which aims to promote, support and inspire people of colour within the North West, so these are amazing people to meet and collaborate with for the evening.


Allie’s top picks:

  1. Digital Rituals Map Drawing Activity (p.27)
    Time: 16:00 – 20:00
    Location: FACT

About: In a world where we are surrounded by constant noise, images, comments and followers, FACT are asking us to create a map of our digital rituals, looking specifically at female and non-binary territories, linking ancient temples built to worship goddesses to modern rituals of liking and following. This should be an interesting one!

  1. Ghostly Goings-On (p.22)
    Time: 18:30, 19:30 & 20:30
    Location: Merseyside Maritime Museum

About: Venture through the Titanic and Liverpool: the Untold Story exhibition while being led by the Ghostly Goings-On tour guide, learning about Liverpool’s real life ghost stories.

  1. Street Party Along Windsor Street (p.40)
    Time: 18:00 – 22:00
    Location: Toxteth Library

About: On the edge of the city centre, there’s a huge family friendly street party happening packed with performance, spoken word, dance, music, film, food, arts and crafts, celebrating the local creative community.

Kimberley’s top picks:

  1. Late Night Ceilidh (p.33)
    Time: 21:00 – 23:00
    Location: St George’s Hall

About: Whether you’re an avid-ceilidh fan or a total beginner, joining the live ceilidh band Gallimaufry will have you laughing your head off and making mates with a room full of people… plus how often do you get the chance to dance around St. George’s Hall?! Great way to end your festival experience!

  1. Youth Circus (p.29)
    Time: 17:00 – 22:00
    Location: The Black-e

About: Without even knowing, you might have already passed the Black-e on the way to the Liverpool’s iconic Chinese Arch. Go inside this LightNight and let your inner circus performer shine by learning new skills and seeing a variety of performances from circus entrepreneurs. Forget the Greatest Showman… it’s all about The Black-e Circus!

  1. LJMU Events (p.39)
    Time: 17:00 – 22:00
    Location: John Foster and JLAD

About: See your very own LJMU uni buildings like never before this LightNight. There’s loads going on from watching A Unique and Spectacular Moment, an immersive show that will guarantee to be full of surprises and make you leave with a smile on your face, to seeing new comic superheroes ‘Shark Girl’ and ‘Komodo Dragon’ take on the world’s greatest threat-antimicrobial resistance in Antimicrobial Avengers.

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Booking may be required so check online before going. We hope we’ve helped you find out a little more about what to look forward to at this year’s event! For the full LightNight programme, please look at the official website here.

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Sound City 2019 Highlights

With exclusive offers for LJMU students, LJMU Student Opps go over their Sound City 2019 highlights

It’s finally here! Sound City is Liverpool’s coolest music festival and this bank holiday weekend it will be taking over the Baltic Triangle for us all to enjoy. There’s bands, DJs, barbecues, poets and plenty of performers – and the best part is, LJMU students get huge discounts on tickets! Once you’ve got yours, there’s loads to look forward to, including our Sound City 2019 highlights below.

Still need to get tickets? Head to the Sound City website and register with your student email, adding LJMU2019 at checkout to get your exclusive discount. But hurry, there’s not long to go now!


Red Rum Club

There’s nothing but Student Opps love for this Liverpool band, especially after their LJMU bespoke Q&A session, which seen Fran and Mike from the sextet band Red Rum Club come and answer some of our very own LJMU’s students questions. The band, a group of mates from Crosby, are currently on tour in the UK and looking to get the crowd going on their home turf at Sound City.

Performing in District on Saturday 4th May, the band will headlining the ultimate Modern Sky party, playing after Declan Welsh and The Decadent West and Natalie McCool. Once you’ve seen the boys from Red Rum Club play live and witnessed their true scouse banter, you’ll be booking tickets for one of their UK tour dates.

Kimberley’s SC Weekend Hot Picks: Loyle Carner, King No-One, The Tea Street Band



Madelaine Kinsella

LJMU Creative Writing and English Literature third year student Madelaine will be making her Sound City debut on Saturday, performing at 1.30pm.

Her spoken word poems cover everything from boy troubles to her Shanghai adventures with LJMU Go Abroad, so you’re sure to get a unique and creative perspective on student life. Not only are Madelaine’s poems beautifully written, but her stage outfit is set to be a stunner too, so take a break from the hustle and bustle of the bands at Sound City to enjoy this soon-to-be LJMU alumni’s work and feel all artsy whilst you’re at it.

Allie’s SC Weekend Hot Picks: The Magic Band, Red Rum Club, Spinn


Ugly Bucket Theatre

You may have heard of Ugly Bucket’s first piece, ‘Bost Uni Blues’, a unique and insightful look into life after graduation and how it affects your wellbeing. Well, the new and exciting theatre company, founded by LJMU alumni Grace Gallagher, is back with a brilliant new show, 2 Clowns One Cup. This hilarious show takes you through all things sex education, discussing important issues and young people’s views towards sex, and takes place at 5pm on Sunday – definitely not one to be missed!

Marcy’s SC Weekend Hot Picks: Katy Alex, Kioko, Only Sun

So with all that to look forward to, isn’t it about time you book your tickets? You can even download the Sound City app to plan your weekend. We’ll see you in the Baltic Triangle!

Assessment Stress: Tips to unwind and beat the blues!

It’s that time of year where the library becomes your second home, you start to forget what daylight looks like and you’re so far beyond stressed that you don’t even have a word to describe what you are… well let me tell you something, it doesn’t all have to be that way. Everyone has different ways they like to unwind, so we’ve compiled a few great ways to de-stress around Liverpool that you can attend for FREE (so as not to add money worries into the mix!). So take a break, try something new and you’ll be surprised how much of a difference it can make.

Try a Gym Class


How much? FREE for LJMU students
When? Every day until 4pm
Where? Lifestyles Fitness Centres across Liverpool

Did you know that as part of the FREE off-peak Lifestyles membership you get with LJMU, you can attend off-peak classes for free too?! They have a wide range of classes to suit any ability and style of exercise so if you want to relax with Pilates, or you want to unleash some stress with Body Pump, we’re sure it’ll help blow away the cobwebs.

Listen to Classical Music 

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How much? FREE for LJMU students
When? Thursday 9th May
Where? Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Have you ever listened to classical music whilst studying? Ever thought about seeing some incredible classical music live with a full orchestra? Well… you won’t believe it but there are two upcoming classical shows at the Phil where you can get 2 x FREE tickets for each one. Classical music has been proven to be a great de-stresser, and take it from us, seeing it live is something else. We’ve had plenty of trips to the Phil where our heads were crammed with worries beforehand and by the end we left feeling lighter than a feather!

Giltburg plays Beethoven 1– Thursday 9th May 2019, 7:30pm

Simply call the Philharmonic Box Office on 0151 709 3789 and quote ‘LJMU Student’ to book your tickets today.

Do a Parkrun


How much? FREE
When? Every Saturday at 9:00am
Where? Princes Park (but there are locations all over the UK)

You against the clock, a 5k run, hundreds of people, sweat pouring from every… oh yeah this is meant to be a relaxing blog. Well how about you sign up and head on down to Princes Park for a nice healthy run in the outdoors. It’s open to anyone of any ability and is less of a competition and more of a fun, free and healthy activity you can do in a beautiful setting. There’s nothing like a good run to clear your head.

Wander around Albert Dock & The Tate

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How much? FREE for LJMU students
When? Every day 9am – 5pm
Where? The Docks

Going for a stroll along the docks is a sure fire way to help you relax and forget about your worries for a little while. As well as the wonderful river Mersey which is impressive in any weather, there are a host of museums and galleries that are all free to access, including the Tate, which is home to some incredible contemporary art. LJMU students get free access to all of their exhibitions all year round.

See the Best Views of Liverpool 


How much? FREE for LJMU students
Where? Liverpool Cathedral
When? Every day 10am-4:30pm (check the website for Twilight Thursday opening times)

Why not try getting as physically far away from your worries as possible, that’ll work, right? It’s worth a shot anyway, and what better place to try it than ‘500ft above sea level,’ at the top of the Liverpool Cathedral. Plus, Twilight Thursday’s is back now, meaning every Thursday from now right through to October you can go up a little later than usual and watch the sunset over Liverpool as the city lights up. It’s a view that’s sure to take your mind off things for a while, and a little reminder (not that any of us need it) of how beautiful this city is.

Go see a free or discounted show

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How much? FREE or discounted £5 for LJMU students
When and Where? See info below

One of the best ways to escape the worries of the world is to immerse yourself into to a good show. An even better way to pick yourself up is to go see a comedy and have a good old belly laugh, nothing beats the Royal Court Scouse comedies and what’s more is that LJMU students get upto 4 free tickets to some of the shows so you can treat your stressed-out mates also. For slight more, but not breaking-the-bank more, you can pay for a discounted £5 ticket to go watch a classic at either the Everyman or Playhouse theatres. See what’s on below.

Liverpool’s Royal Court: My Fairfield Lady Mon 29th April till Wed 1st May, 8pm 
Everyman: Sweeney ToddFri 12th Apr till 18th May, 7:30pm
Playhouse: Heart of DarknessWed 1st – Sat 4th May, 7:30pm


We would like to wish you all the luck in the world during this tough time and if you are in need of any advice from our Student Engagement Team. The team can be contacted via studentengagement@ljmu.ac.uk or by telephone on 0151 231 3664 and drop in availability is shown at www.ljmu.ac.uk/studentengagement

Simply see how to access these and other offers by seeing our booklet by clicking here and looking on our social media pages @LJMUStudentOpps.




Spring Break – Top 5 FREE things to do for LJMU students.

The Easter eggs are filling the shelves and the end of the academic year is quickly approaching for some. With that in mind, make sure you take some time out of the books this Spring Break and enjoy the city – check out our favourite 5 things to do that are FREE for all you lucky LJMU students.

  1. Terrify yourself by watching Sweeney Todd

A classic is back on the Everyman stage and students can sign-up to Sweeney Todd for free by joining us on our City Social event on Fri 12th April, 6.30pm.

Or for a mere £5, you can buy a ticket to watch this well-known musical during this April and May. Why not use your LJMU 10% discount on food and drink before the show in bistro or café, but only if you can keep it down while witnessing the famous cutthroat story unveil.

  1. De-stress by working out or sweating it at Lifestyles

Did you know that LJMU students can sign up for a free membership, which includes free access to the gyms, over 100 classes, Olympic sized swimming pools, sauna/steam rooms plus much more. We think that the mind and body are separate, but what you do with your body can have a powerful effect on your mental wellbeing. They have a wide range of classes to suit any ability and style of exercise so if you want to relax with Pilates, or you want to unleash some stress with Body Pump, we’re sure it’ll help blow away the cobwebs.

Lifestyles have 13 centres across Liverpool, so go and make the most of your free pass.

  1. Watch the newly released film: Queen of Scots

If you’ve already been interested by the FREE films at the Phil this year, including the blockbuster Mary Poppins, and you’re stuck for something to do during the Spring Break, book tickets for you and a friend to watch another Mary, (Queen of Scots) on the world’s only Waldraw cinema screen. Either book your two FREE tickets for Tues 16th Apr by calling the box-office or join us and other students for a quick cuppa before heading to watch the film.

Seeing the screen rise from the stage along with the cutest organist playing a little jingle is an experience in itself.

  1. See the city at its best

Ever wanted to see Liverpool from a birds-eye view? LJMU students can get free access for two to venture upto the top of the Liverpool Cathedral Tower and even better Twilight Thurs are coming back 4th April where you can watch the sun set over probably the best city in the world.

If you don’t fancy going alone, join us on our Culture Crawl: Cathedral Tower Special (Thurs 25th April, 2.30pm), where we we’ll be taking you on a city tour finishing at the top of the tower. We’ll also be showing all the best sneaky little hidden gems around Liverpool and telling you things that you wish you would have found out earlier.

  1. Rewind at the Tate Liverpool

Going for a stroll along the docks is a sure fire way to help you relax and forget about your worries for a little while. As well as the wonderful river Mersey that is impressive in any weather, there are a host of museums and galleries that are all free to access, including the Tate, which is home to some incredible contemporary art. LJMU students get free access to all of their exhibitions all year round.

These are just a few of the offers available to you as a LJMU student and for more information, just check out our booklet by clicking here or follow us on social media @LJMUStudentOpps. Let us know if you want any more info or to sign-up to any of the events email studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk.







A Q&A with Red Rum Club – a chance to quiz the debut album chart toppers at LJMU

Liverpool band Red Rum Club released their long awaited debut album, Matador, in January and it flew to the top of the iTunes alternative chart and prompted sold out hometown gigs at O2 Academy and Phase One.

Having just played a full UK tour, the band have landed back home on Merseyside and are coming into LJMU for a very special Q&A session next week.

The session, hosted by Student Opportunities‘ Lewis Ridley and university partners Liverpool Sound City, gives a unique chance for both students and staff to ask the band their success, and perhaps dig a little deeper into the workings of a band.

On the event, Lewis says: “It’s a brilliant opportunity for any students that are interested in music journalism, or the wider industry, to get some experience in an interview environment The chance to quiz a band of Red Rum Club‘s calibre doesn’t come along often, so we’re really looking forward to it.

“We’re really lucky at LJMU, having Sound City as a partner means we have direct access to one of the UK’s best music festivals and having one of their top acts coming along to the university is really exciting.”

The event takes place in Redmonds Building Lecture Theatre 1 at 2pm on Monday 1st April.

Guests are asked to email studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk to sign up, or message the team on social media.

A reminder that LJMU students can get the cheapest tickets available for Liverpool Sound City by following this link: https://www.bit.ly/LJMU2019 and using the discount code: LJMU2019.

Watch the video for Red Rum Club‘s track Would You Rather Be Lonely? below.

Yellow Breck Road at Liverpool’s Royal Court – Drama Society social

At LJMU Student Opportunities, we love to get societies involved with our offers and were delighted to have the university’s Drama Society head to see Yellow Breck Road at the Royal Court a few weeks back. Here’s Social Secretary Gemma Griffiths on the night…

UntitledLast month, the LJMU Student Opportunities team kindly provided the drama society with 10 tickets to see Yellow Breck Road, at the Liverpool Royal Court. Considering the function of our society, theatre trips are always met with enthusiasm and extremely appreciated – especially when they are free! Whether the play is considered a masterpiece or a flop, being keen theatre goers means it is always great to get the chance to experience a night at the theatre; potentially educating or influencing our minds along the way.

As the Social Secretary of the drama society, I was initially excited at the chance to get as many members as possible to join us on a social. It was great that everything was already booked for us so it was incredibly easy to organise, too. Marcy, a member of the team, was the one who approached me by email to discuss the opportunity. All I had to do was tell them the amount of people who were interested, and ensure all of the society members turned up with their student identification on the day. It was that easy!

The freebies didn’t stop there! In addition to providing us with theatre tickets (I must add, they were good seats), we had the chance to dine for free too. There were good menu options available which enabled all of the dietary requirements to be met. After a few of the members were unable to make the show, the staff very kindly allowed us to use their ticket money for desserts, which was especially nice!

Overall, I am very pleased with the experience that the Student Opportunities provided for us and Marcy was very friendly and easy to get into contact with. They reply quickly and are great at answering any queries. I would definitely recommend them for a social.

Gemma Griffiths – Drama Society Social Secretary

If you’d like to take your society to one of our events, email studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk. You can see all free and discounted LJMU events in your Exclusive Offers Booklet here.

Us Against Whatever – a poignant and proud performance

Last night LJMU students had the opportunity to watch the fantastic Us Against Whatever, a performance from the theatre company Middle Child that has called into The Everyman this month.

It tells the story of a city united with hope yet divided with fear, from a cabaret bar on Humberside.

A show that is told directly and honestly by a powerful narrator and supported by a cast that are both hilarious and heartbreaking, it explores what it is to be where you’re from, where you’ve been, and where you’re going.

Expect raw emotion, callous humour and Wembley celebration as Middle Child bring an electrifying show to Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre.

Us Against Whatever is in town until Wednesday April 3, and LJMU students can get discounted tickets by signing up to The Everyman and Playhouse‘s YEP Membership.

Wellbeing Week – Self-care Selfie

This week at LJMU we are focusing on looking after each others wellbeing! From putting a music day on at Byrom Street campus so students can relax, to some workshops led by fabulous organisations like the Comedy Trust. Make sure you take some time this week to stop and think about the ways in which you can look after your own wellbeing, especially in the run up to deadlines and exams.

So in the interest of wellbeing, your Student Opps Team will be out on campus all week asking you what you are doing to look after your wellbeing, and taking Self-care Selfies! Here are our Self-care Selfies and a bit about what we are doing to look after ourselves.

Kimberley – Student Opps Co-ordinator

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Focusing on myself and what makes me happy is something that really boosts my wellbeing. I think  people tend to compare their lives to others on social media and false advertisements, which can make them feel like poo. Looking at things in my own life that I’m grateful for makes me realise how lucky I am, and that best things like great family, friends and health – are all things money can’t buy.

Sharing experiences and making others happy is something I love and am lucky to do while organising events as part of my job being in the Student Opps Team. Our City Social events invite students to go and either watch a film, see a show, go to the gym or do a city tour for free. You can really see the change of mood when people have enjoyed themselves, especially after watching the Christmas Panto at the Royal Court (you can’t beat a good scouse comedy). It’s always good to have a good natter with someone and the team love to talk – especially me, so if you ever see us around campus or in a City Social, feel free to come have a chat.

Marcy – Student Opps Intern

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I usually look after my wellbeing by avoiding taking selfies, however, this one makes me happy because my little cousin made me this hat and told me ‘well done’, when I asked her what I’d done she said ‘existing’ and it was a very validating experience.

I think it can be easy to get bogged down with worrying about how you come across to people, worrying about the way what you do and say is perceived and generally feeling embarrassed for yourself (I can be dead embarrassing – just ask the team) but then I remind myself that I’m just trying to have a ball and it’s easier to just laugh at yourself and your cringe moments. One of the best things anyone can do for themselves is to reach out to the people that they care about, so my best advice is to remember that we’re all human and lean on those around you whenever you can – your mates are always more up for being there for you than you’d think. Also, get your cousins to make you unnecessary accessories, it really does help.

Lewis – Student Opps Intern

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It’s important to know that there are a number of ways that people look after their mental health. For me, they range from catching up with my mates watching the football to exercising in the gym or trying to do some half decent form of yoga. With the latter, sometimes self-care is some time away from whatever has been on your mind and spending some time on your own. If you know what works for you, and it’s a healthy method of self-care, then go for it.


Allie Davies – Student Opps Officer

And our Student Opps Officer Allie has made a video telling you what she does to maintain her wellbeing!

Make sure you find us on campus this week and take a self-care selfie!

For more information on Wellbeing Week and where the team will be, click here or check out our social media pages @LJMUStudentOpps .

Student Opportunities Music Day returns for Wellbeing Week – Monday 11th March

Following a successful first event in December, the Student Opportunities Music Day returns with live performances from LJMU students and a very special guest from university partner Liverpool Sound City.

The social area and cafe of James Parsons Building will again transform into a vibrant live music venue between 11am and 2pm on Monday 11th March.

We’re delighted to be joined by singer-songwriter Matthew Read who is about to release his new single and is pushing for a chart place on iTunes. He sings delicately and his original material is a real success story of hard work and determination – we’re glad to have the LJMU alumni tag on him!

“The musicians were fantastic. Not only did the day give me the opportunity to experience something different on campus but it also brought staff and students together to watch the performances.” – a student reflecting on our last Music Day

Also playing is dance DJ Nathan Lord, a former student at LJMU, he’s currently honing his craft up the road at UoL and has played at a number of student bars across Liverpool.

We’re also delighted to be joined by folk outfit Mamatung.  They’ll bring a sprinkling of Scouse ceremony with a journey to the centre of the heart. “Mamatung are like something you’d stumble upon in an empty field. Like witches singing sweet songs of earth and the wild.”

The event is part of the university’s Wellbeing Week, with events on across campus throughout next week from mental health awareness events to health-checks from Lifestyles Fitness.

You can keep up with the event as we get closer to next Monday on our Facebook page.

  • Student Opportunities Music Day in association with Sound City – James Parsons Building – Monday 11th March, 11am – 2pm.

Don’t forget to check out all the other Student Opportunities events during next week also:

THEATRE: Brick Up 2 at Liverpool’s Royal Court – Mon 11th March, 7pm
THEATRE: The Girl on The Train Liverpool at The Playhouse – Tues 12th March, 6.30pm
FILM: Stan and Ollie at  – Wed 13th March, 6.30pm

For more information on all these events, please email studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk

Remember, LJMU students can get discounted tickets to Sound City by following this link and using the code LJMU2019.

You can also listen to our Sound City playlist here.