A TOTAL of 26 Middlesex University undergraduates were among the volunteers staffing the Hanwell Hootie music festival on Saturday.

The Hootie was launched in 2013 as a tribute to the creator of the Marshall amp, Jim Marshall, who died the previous year.

Marshall’s first shop at 76 Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, gives this part of Ealing a serious rock pedigree, as does the legacy of the legendary Ealing Club, which hosted the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and Pete Townshend.

For this year's Hootie, bright sunshine brought more than 30,000 people to listen to more than 100 new and unsigned bands.

Middlesex second-year BA Popular Music student Bruno Giacomazzi was among the artists on the bill.

Middlesex has been involved in the Hootie for the past three years since senior lecturer Julia Haferkorn and festival co-founder Faye Hamilton met at a conference.

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They saw an opportunity for Middlesex students to gain experience at a live event that would stand them in good stead when applying for jobs in the music industry.

The event is volunteer-run and supported as a community asset by local businesses, charities and Ealing Council.

Third-year Music Business and Arts Management student Krzysztof Bryll managed the food vendors this year.

A Pink Floyd and Foals fan, Krzysztof worked on festivals in his native Poland from the age of 12.

Third-year Becky Merchant was in charge of artist liaison, handling contracts for all the participating bands.

Growing up in Harrogate, she always wanted to come and live in London and says she’s known she’s destined to work in the music industry.