Leeds Fest 2012 Anyone?

So it’s that time of year again, where every breath I take is a gasp of anticipation at the question of whether or not I can afford to be part of the underlying culture in which binds all students, and music enthusiasts in Leeds into a compound of ecstatic zombies hungry for body tingling beats. You can almost hear the subject vibrating in your ears, echoing through the library corridoors, and student residences, smell the moisture of mud in the air, living in fear at the thought of millions of wellies and bare bodies sliding through pools of its produce to the hypnotising sounds simmering in the humid stench of sweat and alcohol. Many a student spends their nights tossing and turning, trying to persuade the fear of not being able to afford a ticket to this event to return to the back of their minds, shivering in worry, and the subject of this highly contemplated fire of ear kissing sparks threatening to distract one from their studies.

The event to which I am referring to is of course none other than Leeds Festival, of which is returning for another year of eclectic fascination and one hell of a big hat full of tricks prepared to blow the socks well and truly off it’s willing followers.

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Each year this festival offers headliners that fulfil’s the impossible, and out does the previous years selection of amazing talents. When I first stumbled across the poster for 2012’s offering, I almost frothed at the mouth in eagerness, who could ask for more than a weekend spent in the same company as The Foo Fighters, Katy B, Metronomy, The Cure, Paramore, Kasabian, and many more? I know I couldn’t.

Seven stages providing the satisfaction of your musical thirst once, twice, three, ten times over, and one massive reason to let all of your beautiful hair down and let the cold shivers of fascination rush all over your body. This event is not exclusive to Leeds lovers, the people at Leeds Fest welcomes everyone with open arms, in the mutual appreciation of great music.

Aswel as pulse raising music, Leeds festival also offers football tournaments, a cinema tent, bars, late night entertainment, food stalls, a pharmacy, toilets and showers, and many more facilities, even a Pink Moon camping package- for all those Glampers out there!

If you thought Leeds Festival 2011 couldn’t be beaten, you really need to check it out this year, it is going to be massive. Best start saving for this ticket then…

Tickets are available now from;

Selected HMV stores.

Online on; SeeTickets, Gigantic, LMDC, National Express, NME.com, HMVtickets.com,  Stargreen, Ticket Factory, Ticketline, Ticketmaster, Tickets Scotland.

And in person in selected music stores in primarily Sheffield and Leeds.

Written by Charlotte Owen, Leeds Metropolitan University.

The Student Channel

So it’s nearly that time of year again, festival season. Well… maybe not quite but line-ups are being released and in this cold weather what better way to look forward to the summer than by looking at festivals. Beach Break Live is the UK’s Student Festival held in Pembrey Country Park, South Wales between 14th and 18th June 2012. More details can be found on the website www.beachbreaklive.com  but here is an overview of Beach Break Live 2012…

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First off, the main reason people go to a festival, the music. 2012’s headline acts are Chase and Status, Dizzee Rascal and Friendly Fires. Other artists include Nero, Maverick Sabre, Labrinth, Ben Howard, Wretch32, Delilah and Ghost Poet to name but a few. Having seen Dizzee Rascal at a festival in the past, I can safely say that he will not disappoint and is brilliant live. With their growing…

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Warehouse Project (or WHP as it is affectionately known), is an renowned Manchester hotspot, hosting gigs from some of the biggest dubstep, grime and electro artists, like Skrillex, Jamie XX and Aphex twin. Ever since my first year of uni, it was the place to go. So by the time it got to my third (and final) year, I had to give it a go.

The first (and very important) rule of WHP is to get your tickets early. Most of the big nights will sell out fast, so you need to get on it. After this point, there’s always going to be tickets floating about – as long as you’re willing to pay extortionate prices buying from cash-strapped students. Most WHP tickets are around twenty quid, and let me tell you, it is more than worth it.

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International Women’s Day

Strolling in to University today, innocently and determined to retrieve some library books in which I have had on hold for at least two weeks, my march beginning to create an outspoken thud among the hustle and bussle of the students in the hallway, and I almost walk straight past something that catches my eye.

Now I was aware that it was International  Women’s Day today, however, due to another important dwelling in my mind I cast it backwards into the unimportant, but Univeristy brought to life the important image it beholds. Not that long ago did women named Suffragettes fight, risk their lives, and some unlucky ones actually lose their lives, in the war against a patriarchal society which wavered that women were unable to vote. In a world where women can now vote, gain successful jobs, and furthermore remain almost equal to the male species, it is easy to forget, or even take advantage of what these inspirational women fought so hard for the future generation of females. Its in the name; they Suffered for our rights.

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The wall was filled with placards containing cases of many different inspirational women that have inspired and upheld  the fight for women’s rights, from Rosa Parks; A woman who, when Black communities were to remain separate from White communities, refused to stand up for a white passenger on a bus in Alabama in 1955. Parks is known as the ‘mother of the freedom movement’ and a highly valued member of the Civil Rights Movement, kept in great company with people such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Like the Suffragettes Parks refused to conform to her inferior stereotypical role, and stood up for the minority in a brave act of heroism in the defense of the Black community.

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 Joining such women on the wall are some more recent names, for example Lady Gaga for her individuality, and the belief that people should just accept her as she is, an ever morphing female who is empowered by her sexuality. Ellen Degeneres, who is not only proud of her being lesbian, but  she also became the first comedienne to be invited for a chat after her performance on the Tonight Show with Jonny Carson. 

The main point of this article is to remind everyone, that University not only accepts ALL holidays and causes, but celebrates them too. This wall I have described to you has also provided its students with information on Black History month, LBGT, and many more. Even if these holidays are not celebrated by yourself, it is a great way to celebrate it for people who do, and a fantastic way to relish in all our amazing differences. For example, I am straight, however looking at the posters containing information and facts about LBGT enabled me to gain more of an understanding of people who do struggle with such problems of sexuality and gender. I could not be any more proud of being part of a University that does this for its students.

Written by Charlotte Owen, Leeds Metropolitan University. 

The Student Channel

Being a University student with a thriving social life is all well and good, but there is no denying that at some point you are going to have to wrestle that angry cloud of deadlines hovering over your shoulders. As a third year, I completely understand how stressful it is trying to balance your University work with a social life, visiting home, and that new job. Don’t worry, you are not on your own, we all shrug off the pressures of University work with the promise of returning to it later on in the week, however, when it reaches the point in which it is screaming for your attention at the back of your conscience, it cannot be ignored any further. 

This feeling in the past three years I have come to know, and after already writing about such stress regarding University work, I believe it is better to share any tips…

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