Tag Archives: Nightlife

Easter Sunday @ Canal Mills

With so many options of what to do on Easter bank holiday Sunday where to go can be a difficult decision – but this year there’s one event in particular that stood out far above the rest! 14 hours of music throughout 2 indoor stages and 1 outdoor arena at one of Leeds most unique and artistic venues – Canals Mills.

With legendary acts such as Maya Jane Coles, John Talabot and Joy Orbison gracing the decks your guaranteed to spend your time in a blissful, bank holiday haze jamming to the best house, electronic and garage music. Teaming up with Wax:On and Mono:Cult, responsible for some of the most hyped about events of the underground house scene, this is guaranteed to deliver the best music and atmosphere alike.

“We can promise that we’ll be pulling out all the stops to make this a staple event in the Canal Mills calendar, and you can say you were there for the first one!”

For full line-up and ticket information visit the Facebook event page here.


Teknicolor @ Mint Club

With the legendary house/techno night nearing it’s 3rd birthday, the much anticipated announcement of this semesters Teknicolor line-up has delivered an exciting eclectic mix of highly talented DJs. Returning acts such as Heidi and Darius Syrossian are due grace the Mint decks and blast some beats through the epic Funktion One soundsystem; along with many ‘Tek virgins’ including Flashmob, Ben Pearce and Catz n Dogz. Spanning term time every Thursday from January to April full listings are available below.


Being host to this popular underground house event is the Mint Club. With it’s impressive cutting-edge lighting system, known as the ‘disco panel’, lighting up the roof above a sea of fist pumping ravers the atmosphere is never far from electric.

‘The Teknicolor team remains committed to providing a fun and unique party environment for its colourful Thursday crowd with its most ambitious line-ups to date. Firmly in tune with the most influential labels, the hottest artists from taste-makers like Circoloco, Ostgut Ton, Noir, Culprit, Leftroom, Hot Creations and Futureboogie will bring their sounds to one of the UK’s most pioneering weekly events’. 


With many previous events selling out the intimate 550 capacity venue be sure to book your tickets ahead of the event to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be purchased here from £6 + BF.

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!

Preview: Bristol’s St. Pauls Carnival 2011

“Quite simply the jewel in Bristol’s musical crown” according to Don’t Panic, St Pauls Carnival is one of the biggest events on the Bristolian calendar. The day-long festival is a celebration of the mishmash of different cultures and ethnicities that the neighbourhood is home to, with the dominant influences being African and Caribbean. Starting in the afternoon, the streets of St. Pauls are filled with people, music and the smells of traditional food – and the party lasts long into the evening.

The main event for the carnival is the masquerade procession from 1pm: a string of floats and spectacularly dressed dancers, which will follow this year’s theme African and Caribbean Folklore. If you’ve missed the procession, however, there are plenty more (stationary!) attractions on offer – just go for a wander to discover a variety of stages, stalls and activities..

After the day’s celebrations are over, the music really takes off. During daylight hours the many rigs popping up in the area typically play reggae and world music, but after nightfall the tone changes and you can expect to hear drum and bass, dubstep, hip hop and grime. Festival organisers are remaining tight-lipped on many of the biggest acts, which will be released on the day. However reggae legend David Rodigan has already been confirmed to be performing, and the Brighton Street rig is said to have booked some very special guests for a night of old school jungle. What’s more, if an entire day and night’s worth of activities just isn’t enough, you can take your pick from the plethora of afterparties being set up by Bristol’s clubs.

There is far too much happening at the carnival to be covered in one article – this is just a selection of highlights. So if you’re at a loose end on Saturday the best thing to do is get down to St. Pauls, grab yourself some jerk chicken and go and explore it for yourself. St Pauls Carnival is Saturday 2nd July, this event is free.

Written by Lucy, Bristol

Student life up in the ‘toon’

Life up in the ‘toon’
Before leaving home to start university life I had many preconceptions of what Newcastle would be like. Some were stereotypical, a rough city perhaps with a good helping of crazy Geordies thrown in. Soon after settling in I fell in love with the city, it doesn’t have the typical landscape and space of a city and maybe that’s its charm. Iconic is the word, Angel of the North, the Tyne Bridge, the Sage, even the train station give off an image of Newcastle that people don’t expect for a city ‘up north’.
I have lived in Leeds all my life and although the city is great it doesn’t leave an imprint on you like Newcastle does. There is something fast paced and moving about it which I don’t think I have ever felt living in Leeds. 45 minute bus rides into the city centre were soon replaced by a 5 minute walk, one big factor in the quick disappearance of my loan. A metro which can take you from Monument to thriving bars of Jesmond in minutes and taxi services so cheap you almost question the price, are reasons why living here can be high speed. A ten minute walk to uni can pass in seconds with so many familiar faces and conversations had, usually aided with a painful hangover and the memory of last night fading into a distant memory of the next.
I soon discovered it is all about the nightlife in Newcastle. The city is pretty subdued in the day once you know where to avoid and a variety of options open at night for wherever the trebles take you. Tup Tup Palace nightclub boasts a list of celebrity fans including Chezza Coles mam, howay man yes she does apparently dance on the tables. The Den and The Cut provide an alternative scene and certainly prevent you leaving your bed the next day. Admittedly there is a tacky side, head towards the gate and you’ll become bombarded with more promo workers, hen and stag do’s and more police patrol than I ever thought possible. Here you will find Sinners, Sam Jacks and Mood keeping cheese fans happy. Surprisingly, all this nightlife doesn’t come at a cost, in the routine of checking of my bag for all its contents the morning after a night out, rest assured I can spend less than a tenner.

Lethal trebles bar, tacky but a secret love of most students

Watching my first riot between Newcastle and Sunderland fans a.k.a. Geordies and Mackams was certainly an experience to forget, or remember I can’t decide. The city is a lot more under control than people think. Being a student in a new city is often daunting but in my experience safe for city centre living, not that I would advise on a trip through Byker at night.

mackams vs geordies .. the match plays on outside the pitch

I have had a lot of firsts in Newcastle, first time living away from home, my first tattoo, first time flooding an entire kitchen and the first great fire of Byker. It seems almost impossible that so many memories can be crammed into one year almost equalling out the 19 years previous. Starting my journalism course at Northumbria University has enabled me to realise that this was the right course for me. The friends that I have made often make me question whether I picked the course for them or the subject; I’d like to think both. After being placed in a flat with people you have never met before and meeting friends that make you wonder what you did before them makes university life what it is.
Perfecting Geordie slang, consuming gallons of drink, draining my bank balance, meeting a wide variety of people has made me wonder whether my second year in Newcastle will live up to the first. Fresh opportunities will arise next year, living in a different part of the city, with a different prospective will no doubt add to my amazing student experience.

Written by Helen Flannery, Northumbria University