Cecily Sheppard

A message from the Ellipsis Music Team…

Hey, freshers!

First of all, a massive congrats and welcome to Liverpool! As you already know, or will no doubt see in the very near future, Liverpool is an AMAZING place to live, gig and study. As one of the University of Liverpool’s stellar student media outlets, if you’ve hit the Ellipsis website looking for all things arts, culture and creative, you’ve come to the right place.

We know joining a society can be quite daunting, so we wanted to write a little introduction to the Ellipsis Music Team for you. You can call us what you like really – ‘those three’, ‘Ellipsis Music Queens’, ‘the Three Musical Musketeers’ – whatever. The important thing to remember is that we love all things music, live or recorded, and if you do too, then we’re going to get on very well indeed!

Meet the team…

Cecily Sheppard
Cecily – Music Editor

“Music is my escape, so what better way to spend my first two years at UoL than writing and reviewing for Ellipsis and LSRadio! What brought me to Liverpool in the first place is my love of a cracking live music scene, and this is a city that just keeps on giving – Watching Blossoms in a warehouse at 1am definitely found my inner peace. My Ellipsis highlight so far was interviewing Lawson frontman, Andy Brown, which probably reveals one side of my taste in tunes, but to be honest, if you throw something genre-breaking at me and I love it, I love it. That being said, if you find me in the library this week, there’s a strong likelihood I’ll be listening to James Bay/Tom Odell/Plain White T’s because I’m loving their latest releases. While I adore Wembley/the Echo Arena as much as the next gig-goer, what I really love about writing for Ellipsis is being able to discover and gush about up and coming talent. I’m an avid album reviewer, but nothing’s quite as satisfying as stumbling across a fab new local band absolutely tearing a support slot to shreds in the Arts Club. Because there’s no better buzz than gig buzz, right?”


Holly Phillips
Holly – Assistant Music Editor

“As far as my music taste goes, I’m a pretty varied gal. Whilst I admit I’ve been to see The 1975 4 times (soon to be a fifth) and have a major thing for Matty Healy, I like most styles of music going. At the moment I’m mainly listening to Jamie T, Frank Ocean’s new album and Beyonce’s Lemonade on repeat. However if you look at my Spotify history you will also see the Spice Girls and Vengaboys pretty high up there – I’m a sucker for some classic pop. My first year at Ellipsis was pretty amazing and I was lucky enough to see and interview some great artists. A couple of highlights for me have been interviewing the late Viola Beach, something I’m so glad I took the opportunity to do. Watching the whole audience swarm and dance on the stage at the end of a Sundara Karma gig was also amazing fun. Liverpool is such an incredible city for music and I can’t wait to visit more venues and see more of the music the city has to offer. “


Chloe Lewis
Chloe – Assistant Music Editor

“I don’t wanna sound overdramatic, but I don’t know how I’d function as a human without music. I’m more than a lil bit of a The 1975 enthusiast (I’ve met Matty twice and cried both times) and I will freely admit that I spend a solid 80% of my time wishing I was Florence Welch. As an avid gig-goer, I’ve seen some pretty amazing people live, my favourite being Kasabian at V Fest last year, and joining Ellipsis has given me so many more opportunities to go to gigs and meet bands. Some parts have been amazing – finding myself sat in a room with one of my favourite bands Swim Deep, for example – while some have been less so, like that time I got drunk and accidentally ended up insulting Chilli Jesson from Palma Violets outside the Kazimier. Liverpool is the best city in the world for music, with its history of The Beatles and Merseybeat and some incredible gig venues (and, if you’re a bit of an indie loser like me, Heebies basement), and being part of Ellipsis has opened so many doors for me and put me in good stead to hopefully become a music journalist in the future.”

So that’s us. If you’d like to join us and fancy writing a few words on a track, album or gig, drop us an email at music@ellipsisliverpool.com or hop along to one of our meetings (details on Facebook.) If you don’t fancy writing but want to keep up with all things musical across Liverpool, then keep your eyes on this page!


Musical love,

Cecily, Chloe & Holly

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