After doing a work placement at BBC Online as part of my journalism degree, they asked me to carry on writing gig and theatre reviews for their website in return for free tickets to the shows.
I reviewed over 40 live events, had my first proper backstage experience and used my press pass to gain some useful media contacts just after I graduated. Obviously all in addition to getting those trusty Beeb bylines.
Amy Winehouse @ Summer Pops
Russell Brand@ Summer Pops
Bryan Adams @ Summer Pops
Santa Claus The Musical @ Liverpool Empire
Happy Mondays @ Carling Academy
Lily Allen @ Liverpool University
Jackass Live @ Liverpool Academy
Joseph @ Liverpool Empire