Midland students rocked out with Kerrang Radio to launch their college’s new music facilities.

Dudley College teamed up with the national radio station for a live event hosted by presenter Matt Stocks, to promote the state-of-the-art resources at new training centre Evolve.

The day included local bands performing in the college’s new theatre and a demo clinic for young bands to get expert advice from Kerrang DJ Alex Baker.

Simon Johnson, course leader for music, said music courses at the college were proving so popular with students they were coming in on their days off to use the industry-specific facilities, specialist software and musical kit.

Matt Bircher, 17, a second year music technology student, said: “The range of equipment and new studios have definitely had an impact on my studies.

“There’s more variety in what we learn, lessons are more interesting and we get to use the kind of equipment that commercial set-ups have so the quality of sound is amazing.”

Taught by industry-trained tutors, music students are given every chance to compose and perform in front of live audiences.