‘Big’ Mick Hughes to host ‘Mixing Metallica’ talk at Glyndwr Uni

Metallica’s live sound engineer, ‘Big’ Mick Hughes, is to lead a seminar at Glyndwr University in Wales, discussing his 30-year career on the road with the American metal band.

Hughes, who has worked for the group since 1984, will host a ‘Mixing Metallica’ talk at the Wrexham institution’s Nick Whitehead Theatre from 1pm to 4pm on Friday 4 December, followed by a live Q&A with the audience.

The free-to-attend event will see him discuss his career and long-running affiliation with Metallica, as well as his innovative approach to mixing, gained from decades spent working front-of-house at more than 1,500 of the band’s shows.

The seminar is part of Meyer Sound’s Education series and has been brought to Wrexham with the help of Glyndwr graduate John Owen Jones.

Jones, who studied studio recording and performance technology, now runs a live production rental company and has established a close relationship with the loudspeaker manufacturer.

“Big Mick Hughes is a world renowned figure in the audio engineering industry and we’re very lucky to be able to welcome him here to Wrexham,” Jones said. “He brings with him a huge amount of knowledge and expertise from his work with Metallica through to his experience of mixing Led Zeppelin’s 2007 reunion concert in London.”

Other bands and artists Hughes has worked with include UB40, Queens of the Stone Age and Def Leppard.

The Wrexham seminar is part of a three-stop tour for Hughes, following similar sessions in Oxford and Liverpool on the same week.

“The event will be particularly useful for students and audio engineering professionals,” added Jones. “But anyone with an interest in hearing about Mick’s career is welcome to attend.”

To register for the event, click here.