Preston UCLan Housemates reaction to Coolio media attention

Posted on - 18th October, 2013 - 9:56pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, What's On in Preston



It’s not every day an international musical superstar comes over to your place and cooks a peach crumble. But it happened to a a few students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston.

The centre of attention students have spoken of how their legal training prepared them for the “craziest week of their lives” when an unexpected jamming session with rapper Coolio went viral on YouTube.

According to reports eight students at UCLan, five of whom are studying for a Masters in Law, have been inundated with requests for interviews and the rights to the video footage of their impromptu sing-along with Coolio, recorded after the singer visited their flat to cook a three-course meal.

In the week following their evening with the rapper, the students have given interviews to newspapers, radio and television both home and abroad including NBC news and the Wendy Williams Show in America.

Blog Preston broke the news Coolio was to gig in the city and millions have since seen the acoustic performance of Gangsta’s Paradise posted to You a few weeks ago.

Lorcan O’Mahony, a Law Masters student said: “It’s been very useful to have knowledge of intellectual property as we’ve been approached several times by companies asking to buy the rights to our video. We want to keep full control of the footage and leave it open for people to use.

“Our evening with Coolio was unexpected and we don’t want it to seem contrived because it really wasn’t. You can’t make a video go viral, it just happens.”

Rebecca Billinge, from UCLan, joked: “It was fantastic to go on stage and sing with Coolio again. If he wants us to help him get Gangsta’s Paradise to Christmas number one he knows where we are.”

The original YouTube video received so many hits following the visit of Coolio to Preston students that they could reap a small financial reward. However, they won’t be able to retire just yet. the money will come in handy for the end of term.

Fellow law student 21-year-old Claudia Doherty commented: “It’s an unexpected benefit and we’ve agreed to use the money to pay for a few household bills.”

The UCLan guys impressed the rapper some much that he cancelled his plans and returned to Preston last Saturday to perform at Ships and Giggles along with his new backing group.


Coolio met students pictured above; Claudia Doherty, Rebecca Billinge, Melissa Bryan, Katie Hitchen, Lorcan O’Mahony and Olivia Johnson-Aley at MACs and Ships and Giggles in Preston. He then offered to cook them a meal the following evening of Caprese Salad, Chicken á la Daaaamn, and Peach Crumble.

Thanks to UCLan Social Networks

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