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Live at Leeds

Friday 4th May. May 4th on Friday. The 4th of May which is a Friday. Either way you look at it, its the same thing, and its going to happen. To many people it will mean nothing, to others like me, it is the day us third years have been waiting for, for coming up to three years. It is the day we hand in what has been the parasite that has eaten away at our sanity second after second, simmering at the back of your mind, and laughing in a shadowy corner rubbing its dirt filled hands together in glee. This is the day we are reunited with our freedom, with our social lives, and our loved ones. But it will also be a day in which many students in Leeds will unite to create a crowd of thrill thirsty children ready to suck at the nipples of Leeds excitement again. Dozens of students will be gasping for air after successfully surviving the tidal wave of deadlines, and what will be there on the shoreline to rescue us? The 4th of May happens to be the start of Live at Leeds, only the best music event to scatter its life all over the best venues of Leeds; Big or small, Dark or light, dingy or up class, its going to be massive…

 

For just 20 flipping pound you bag a wristband that grants you access to a host of gigs with some great names in music, such as Marina and The Diamonds, The Enemy, Ghostpoet, Ladyhawke, The Subways and many more, with a long list of up and coming bands ready to get you dancing all your stresses away.

Live at Leeds is an annual music event stretching over the first bank holiday weekend every May, in which not only opens the door for budding musicians and bands, but also ensures that those of us with music addictions, or just in search of a celebratory blowout to wave goodbye to University work, fulfill every musical need to have you regenerated in no time.

Look at all this talent!

 

To kick off this amazing weekend Live at Leeds is holding what is referred to as The Unconference on Friday 4th May, this gives practical advice on how to enter the music industry with information provided from a host of experienced professionals ready to give you all the advice you like!

 

Whats more, if you fancy a good kick-about the 5- a- side tournament returns to Goals on Kirkstall Road.

For any information on tickets, or to dip you feelers further into this amazing weekend of musical fulfillment click on this link to be taken straight to the Live at Leeds website.

 

For only a twenty note, this is one hell of a bargain!

 

Written by Charlotte Owen, Leeds Metropolitan University.

 

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Nights Out for the Laid Back: A weekly Newcastle guide

This article will be of interest to you if you find that, although you are in one of the biggest party cities in the country, and you are still trying to find out why people can go out without wearing coats in the middle of winter, bright lights give you a headache and you think ‘mushroom’ is a stupid name for a club. Do you find yourself not knowing where to go every day of the week?

But fear not! Newcastle has plenty to offer you, there are clubs with a more laid back atmosphere. The two universities in a small-ish town guarantee that there is a vibrant musician atmosphere, with plenty putting on open-mic nights and random gigs.

Monday: Ice Skating!

The Centre for Life in the middle of town opens an outdoor ice skating ring in the winter. For a nominal fee, you can make a fool out of yourself in front of the people you want to impress the most.

Tuesday: Open Mic Night at the Trent

Exactly what it says on the tin: the open mic night at the trent runs every Tuesday and is usually packed with professional and amateur musicians. It’s a lovely atmosphere, and if you had gone there before and been scared by all the creepy doll pictures, you don’t have to worry anymore: they have replaced it with art you can (and would like to!) buy. The Trent is right next to Newcastle uni, so you won’t even have to walk that far. Awesome.

Wednesday: Eat at Eye on the Tyne

What? You need to eat, right? Although Eye on the Tyne isn’t super cheap, if you have a taste for good food you can probably enjoy the rustic platters which have amazing ham and bread. You haven’t lived until you have tried their stuff olives. Don’t like olives? You will. 

Thursday: Jazz Cafe

Yeah, go to the jazz cafe. Jazz is still cool, right? Smack in the middle of town, the Jazz cafe is an affordable pub with different entry fees. Call ahead and ask if you remember. It’s a cozy, intimidate atmosphere, with loads of beautiful calligraphy everywhere and a man with a great big white beard. Don’t worry, I hear he is good at jazz.

Weekend: Before you go to your normal clubs or whatever it is you people do on the weekends, consider going ghost hunting. Newcastle is a really, really old city, full of tortuous history which, if there are ghosts, is very conductive to them. There are a couple of companies around the area that do ghost hunting tours, but the best thing to do is sleep over at a haunted place. One of them even lets you stay over at the Castle Keep, and that place is dark as anything. Enjoy getting your soul taken in your sleep for under £20 per person!

Manchester’s infamous Warehouse Project

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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.

At the time of my arrival, WHP was located, quite literally, in a Warehouse on Store Street. Who’d have thought? Raving below the streets of Manchester is rather different to any other clubbing experience. The venue is pretty massive, and very raw. If you’re all about the leather upholstery and swanky VIP booths, this is definitely not the place for you.

The same goes for the people inside. This is no 5-inch heel wearing, booty-shaking crowd. It’s more along the lines of sweaty, shirtless guys and girls, quite literally letting their hair down.  Unlike many of Manchester’s clubs, WHP has no time for pouting and posing. It is, quite simply, a place to let go. An atmosphere of euphoria buzzes through the air, with a bassline that is deafening in the best possible way.

This is a BIG night, and as awesome as it is, chances are it’s going to knock you out for a couple of days. Not a good choice for the night before a lecture/any event requiring any level of brain function.

After my first visit to WHP, I was hooked, and have now raved to the like the likes of Knife Party, Subfocus, True Tiger and Benga. However, last year, organizers announced that WHP would be changing locations, causing a flurry of panic that our beloved Warehouse would shuffle of to London. But despite our fears, WHP is staying in Manchester, in a currently undisclosed location. It is set to return in September of this year, although a special one-off Easter night will unveil the new location.

If you’re prepared to let down those civilized, sane-person barriers, get a bit sweaty, dance like a crazy and maybe snog a randomer, then Warehouse Project is the definitely the one for you.

Easter Sunday tickets here – http://www.thewarehouseproject.com/

Written by Sarah Davis, Manchester Uni

Whats On: An Exeter Theatre Preview

Exeter students are luckier than most in that they do not have to stray too far to find good theatre. The Exeter Northcott Theatre is in fact situated on the main Streatham Campus and offers a variety of student tickets for both external productions and those produced by students themselves. So here is an overview of the best student productions at the Northcott theatre in the coming months.

First up, Exeter Footlights Society presents Thoroughly Modern Millie. A show set in 1922 New York which follows Millie Dillmount, small town girl in the Big Apple and traces her pursuit to marry a man for money. Footlights is the oldest musical theatre society at Exeter University and after their hugely successful Chorus Line last year, Thoroughly Modern Millie looks to be a very entertaining show. It runs from Wednesday 25th January- Saturday 28th January and tickets can be purchased from the Northcott Box Office or around campus.

The next student production to grace the Northcott’s stage will be Brecht’s ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”. Exeter University Theatre Company’s (EUTCO’s) annual Northcott production, this year takes the form of a reimagining of Hitler’s Nazi Regime, set in Chicago, Illinois. The talented cast will mirror the true events of European history as Arturo, a small time crime boss, takes his opportunity and seizes control of the city, rising with a violent regime.  EUTCO will be performing at the theatre between Wednesday 29th February and Saturday 3rd March.

Finally, this term the university’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society will be putting on their second performance of the year; Patience. This English operetta follows Patience, a dairy maid on her quest to find true love but as ever, this is not without its complications. If you have never been to see a Gilbert and Sullivan performance then this is definitely worth checking out for some alternative entertainment with a talented all-singing, all-dancing cast. Patience will be on at the Northcott Theatre between Tuesday 6th March and Saturday 10th March.

So, if you’re bored of what Exeter’s nightclubs have to offer then why not give one of these shows a try and support your fellow students. With subsidised student tickets these shows are really good value for the quality of performance and it’s a great way of having a different night’s entertainment. Tickets are available from the Northcott’s website: http://www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/

Exeter Safer Sex Ball

The time of year has come again, the leaves are falling from the trees, permanent drizzle surrounds us and SSB fever has once again hit Exeter. So, the Safer Sex Ball is probably Exeter University’s biggest legend. In case you don’t know what it is or what all the fuss is about here are the basics:

–          8th December 2011

–          4,000 students ALL dressed in as little as possible (and I mean AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE)

–          One HUGE venue- Westpoint Arena

–          Performances from some big names (still to be announced) and the University’s Dance and Pole Dancing societies.

In my first year by the end of Freshers’ week we all knew what the SSB was and were determined to go. The queuing began OUTSIDE in freezing cold November at 2am, and we only just got tickets, people arriving at 2.30am missed out (after queuing for 7 hours)! That is how popular the Safer Sex Ball is, luckily they changed the system and as of last year you now purchase tickets online through the university website. The ball might be a little pricy (£40 a ticket this year with £1.50 booking fee) but from my experiences of the last two years it is definitely worth the money. In Exeter there aren’t many opportunities to go to balls, and especially not in your underwear so even if you go just for this reason, it will be worth it.

The SSB has been voted in FHM’s Top 100 things to do before you die.  I can assure you there is no other student event like it. Although it is a brilliant time to meet members of the opposite sex (if you know what I mean), there is also a really great cause behind it. Not only does the SSB raise awareness of HIV but proceeds go to the Eddystone Trust, a Devon-based HIV charity. You will be involved in an event which helps to raise £40,000 for charity, an incredible amount! Proceeds from the Safer Sex Ball will also go to Headway Devon, Refuge, Clic Sargent and World Child Cancer.

So the finer details… Tickets go on sale Thursday 10th November at 9am. Although if you miss out ask around as quite often people have tickets to sell nearer the time if they can’t go. The theme this year is Fantasia, the world of magic, myth and fairytale. Think Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Red Riding Hood, or even the Three Little Pigs if you’re so inclined!

More up to date details about the event and the link to the ticket selling site can be found on the Facebook group here:  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=256042091108671

Halloween in Leeds

Walking home tonight; the nights have already become darker, the cold breaze harshly tickles down the back of your neck  and you are reminded that the time has come for Halloween to indulge the city with zombies, whitches, and other such scary beings clambering out of the clubs and pubs at the end of the night.  Already witnessing several zombie like dolls making their way to the nearest pub on my journey home, I thought of all the biggest Halloween events in Leeds this year, and which one would be the best to go to;

Kirkstall Abbey Ghost Tour

To start the list, I thought I would include something in which does not include going out and getting absolutely out of their mind for those of us third years who are struggling to cope with the inability to go out and have a good night out without the horrendous burden of not only usual uni work, but the dreaded dissertation. What better way to spend a few hours of playing along with the theme of Halloween, and giving yourself enough time to return to the pit of your dissertation work, is the Kirkskstall Abbey Ghost tour, a chance to see this beautiful monument under a different, more spooky light, and to listen to the intriguing history surrounding this historical building. At just £5 a ticket, what a fantastic way to celebrate Halloween with friends to get yourself in the Halloween mood.

Propaganda Leeds, Halloween Spooktacular!

This Saturday, the 29th of October, o2 Academy in Leeds has prepared a night full of the scariest and heaviest Indie tunes to adorn your ears, promising an exceedingly haunting night of dancing until your feet can take no more. o2 Academy also has frightening drink offers for you to quench your deadly thirst with; Vodka and Mixer £2.20, Double vodka mixer only a pound more at £3.20, Carlsberg pints £2.20, bottles of VK £2.20, and £1.50 on selected shots with a Propaganda membership card, so head on down if you want to hear tunes in which will make your lifeless bodies dance until the moon dies, and the sun is reborn. With £5 entry, £4 entry for students before midnight, make sure you make it out of your graves in time to be included on this little thriller.

A 'Propa' Halloween

The Garage Haunted House Halloween special

From what is perceived as the hidden beauty laying in wait for its beloved prey, in the darkest dungeons of Leeds, The Cockpit takes advantage of its bat friendly surroundings, and hosts a magical night of Halloween mayhem. Let the darkness become you, with Room 3  being transformed into ‘a dark dungeon of terror’ including Apple Bobbing, Skeleton Hoop tossing, Pumpkin Shy, Spooky dip, a Zombie Booth, Scary face painting for those who aren’t already dressed up, and not forgetting creep twisted cocktails!For all you alternative music buffs, or just appreciate good music, and a willing heart in which has caught the virus of Halloween excitement, head on over to The Cockpit on Saturday the 29th, for a knuckle-cracking night. The Cockpit does not play games by half, and therefore if this sounds like your thing, you will not be dissapointed with the amazing lengths this place goes to, to ensure all its little zombies have the most supernatural ever. Open 11pm-3am, and stemming over the ‘witching hours’, it is only £3 in with those of you wearing fancy dress, The Cockpit is teasing you with its fantastic list of offers to enable your night goes off with a BANG.

If you prefer to celebrate Halloween on the actual day, The Cockpit has catered for you guys too, Come join us for a night filled with spooky music, such as the deep, leather lulls of Marylin Manson, to encourage you in to a hypnotic state of insanity for the night. The Cockpit has combined all their special nights to celebrate Halloween, and has even given the first lucky 100 customers free witches brew! Now who can say no to that! One sip of this, and with the hymns of a haunting rock melody in the background, will you be granted eternal youth? You may aswel try it and see. £2 entry with fancy dress, and £4 without, The Cockpit is also providing you with a cinema, showing all the scariest Horror films going, to ensure you really do have the spookiest Halloween. Bring it on!

Scary Warehouse Party

Warehouse is back with a vengeance, after the old venue was sadly demolished, these events have been reborn in the birthplace of VOX. With VOX being a completely blank canvas, the team in this club night are holding back no secrets when it comes to lighting, decoration, and music, to ensure that this ‘student only’ event is the most Halloween themed night in Leeds. With promises of monster lasers, amazing pyrotechnics,  co2 freeze jets, and the mother of all sound systems, it looks like this promise will be fulfilled with flying colours. With 3 warehouses at your service, interactive entertainers, a huge outdoor chill out area for when things get too intense, n outdoor devils lair with food stalls for all those zombies needing a bit of brain to keep you going, ad activities such as mummy wrapping competitions. With the haunted Warehouse playing Halloween and pop songs, The spooky Warehouse with its R and B and dub step, and the V.I.P blessing clubbers with Motown classics. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from many pubs in Leeds at £10.

Horny Halloween

No Halloween list in Leeds can forget about Evolution, in my first year of University this club night served me well and introduced me to the fantastically high standards of Halloween celebrations of clubs in Leeds. On Monday 31st of October Evo opens its doors to the finest outfits Leeds can provide you with (as I was reminded of today on my lunch break, with the fancy dress shops being so crammed that there was a one way system just to get to the wigs). If you like your student nights then this is not one to miss, with fairground rides to satisfy those people who like to ruin the night with their moody states of boredom, and dancers and entertainers to scare the wits out of anybody and everybody. With all drinks £1.80 all night, an outdoor graveyard area, fire eaters, Horny hot tub blood baths, and even a Halloween psycho photoshoot, as well as many more surprises, how can you complain? Many ticket outlets being The Hyde Park Pub, The Original Oak, The Box, and Varsity at £6, so get purchasing now if this sounds like your idea of a happy Halloween!

Which ever night you choose, make sure you celebrate Halloween in style, and with the best, and scariest costumes in town! Except Clowns, I hate clowns.

Written by Charlotte Owen, Leeds Metropolitan University.

A Bristolian Halloween

You’re getting a bit old for trick or treating now, but Halloween doesn’t have to be exclusive to the under-12s. As always Bristol has a plethora of spooktacular (ahem) themed events on offer – read on for a selection of the very best

1. The Zombie Walk
Saturday 29th October/free

Now in its fifth year, the Zombie Walk returns to Bristol with a new, as-yet-undisclosed route. Dig out your grey face paint, fake blood and torn clothes, and join the hundreds of other zombies shuffling through Bristol moaning for “braaains”. If ‘living dead’ isn’t really your style, you can still join in: don combats and a plastic gun and you can join the Zombie Defence Squad, to take down the zombies and save the city! More information on the Zombie Walk here; join the Zombie Defence Squad here.

2.Halloween Champion Sound @ Warehouse
Saturday 29th October/£6-8 (£5 for zombies)

Not deterred by the temporary closure of Lakota, Champion Sound is back with a new venue. The Halloween edition is billed as the Zombie Walk’s unofficial afterparty, and will take place at the Warehouse (near the Thekla), open to both zombies and non-zombies with a taste for drum and bass, dubstep and hip hop.
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3. Monsterpiece Halloween Party @ Big Chill Bar
Saturday 29th October/free

This year Big Chill Bar is hosting ‘Monsterpiece’, a huge Halloween party featuring live music fromBristol’s top DJs, fancy dress, face painting and tarot card-reading. Prizes are on offer for the best fancy dress costumes, or you can wait and get made up on the night for charity. All the acts are performing for free, and all proceeds from the night will go to Bristol-based charity Temwa, which does work in Malawi.
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4. Shadows Follow
Friday 28th October/£10

Not for the faint-hearted, Shadows Follow is a terrifying ‘psychological thriller game’ which takes place out on the streets of Bristol. Walk, sneak and run through secret scary locations around the city as you try to complete the mission with your team.
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5. Just Jack Halloween Freak Boutique @ Motion
Saturday 29th October/£12-15

House music, cabaret, magic and fancy dress are combined this Halloween when Just Jack takes over Motion. The dress code is ‘Victorian freak and circus chic’, and ten per cent of proceeds go to charity War Child.
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6. Disturbance @ Syndicate

Monday 31st October/£3-6

The gunge tank alone meant Disturbance had to make this list! The Halloween special at Syndicate also includes a freak show, hot tub, giveaways and themed drinks such as ‘cocktail cauldrons’. The best costume wins 50 pounds!
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