Ok, ok; we get it. You’ve just arrived in a new city, you’ve got new mates and you want to show off your new moves. Partying is fun, sure, but what’s fun without a little structure?
Here to help you organise your nights out on the most chaotic week of the year, we’ve prepared a summary of the action across various cities so that you don’t have to get lost in research any sooner than you have to. For any of you London, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Sheffield or Lincoln freshers, herein lies the path to making freshers week the time of your first year lives.
If you’re living in the capital there’s really no excuse for not having a good freshers week, with an absolute abundance of choice available. Whether you’d prefer a few rounds of Junkyard Golf or a few rounds at the bar you’ll find yourself satisfied, with Egg, XOYO and Fire offering various exciting club nights. The Big Freshers Friday at Scala looks like a safe bet for a good first night, whilst a UK garage vs Bassline night at Electric Brixton has Mike Skinner, Preditah and more booked in for the more bass-oriented dancer. A drum and bass day festival takes place at Finsbury Park on Saturday 23rd September, with Hospitality In The Park bringing huge names to town, whilst the same location is opened up to Richy Ahmed, Solardo and more the next day for ABODE in the Park as well.
The good folk of Leeds don’t need much excuse to put on a party, and few excuses roll off the tongue easier than ‘Freshers Week’. With designated pre-freshers events at HiFi, Faversham, The Warehouse and MiNT Warehouse you can even get some practice in if you’re a really hard worker, before Monday 18th September sees the start of the real action. MiNT Warehouse, Space, Canal Mills, Old Red Bus Station and more host, with usual stomping grounds like Pryzm, The Backroom and O2 Academy also playing their part. No Curfew favourites MiX:UP, Mint Mondays and Colours are among a long list of standout student nights that also boasts long-time favourites Donuts and Sticky Feet, as well as a launch party for So Fresh So Clean.
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Sheffield likes to show its freshers a good time, and with welcome parties at Corporation Nightclub, Tank, The Viper Rooms, Plug and Crystal, it seems everyone’s keen to be part of that formative first week. A grime and Afrobeat party at The Harley, a Freshers Festival Street Party ft. Nathan Dawe and a week pass to all Organised Chaos events will make settling in as easy as pie. Wolf Bandit are also going to be busy, with Double Yellow bringing Logan Sama to town and The Hallam Project presenting Andy H at The Tuesday Club, whilst Area will receive DJ Russke for their Freshers Fest party. A Sheffield Hallam bar crawl will also go down a treat with the student population.
Bass hungry Bristol is always good for a night out, so expect there to be plenty of options when the Freshers arrive in town. Codec and Ramshackle host welcome parties at SWX and Motion, two of the city’s favourite dance spaces, and the famous boat Thekla hosts PRESSURE. on Thursday 21st September. Motion hosts a birthday special for student underground music specialists Good Life, whilst a second birthday party for Farfetched will also take place at SWX. A visit from Basshunter and a Tokyo World Afterparty conclude a pretty big week for Bristolian party animals.
Manchester has the two biggest universities in the country, so you can bet that Freshers week is a noisy affair. Organised Chaos have plenty of influence, with Socialite Thursdays offering half price cocktails before 11:30pm, whilst The Venue also has plenty to satisfy curious newcomers. Underground clubbing’s biggest player The Warehouse Project also gets underway with Welcome to the Warehouse Pt 1 and Welcome to the Warehouse Pt 2 during freshers, though with both shows sold out you’ll know not to wait around for tickets to the rest of the season’s events, as the likes of Annie Mac, Giggs and Floating Points will also be taking to the Store Street stage. Standard clubbing isn’t all you’ve got either, with Albert Hall hosting La Rolla Disco and Junkyard Golf offering some non-partying entertainment for anyone wanting to get away from the dancefloor.
Lincoln’s clubbing scene revolves around students, and freshers will be made to feel welcome thanks to opening nights at Home Nightclub, Moka & Shack and The Basement. Anyone expecting a big first semester can even pick up a Superbull half season ticket, if they think they’ve got the stamina. Jacked also have events lined up, including Boat Parties for students only and a 90s focused evening at The Engine Shed.
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