New city, new mates and a heightened sense of party: Freshers week is a pretty momentous occasion in the life of a fresh-faced first year. We’ve been there before, so we know you’ll be chomping at the bit to get stuck in… so how about you let your ol’ pal Ticket Arena give you a helping hand? Here’s our guide to where the student congregations will be found as you prepare for uni life and enjoy freshers week in your new hometown.
Leeds doesn’t sleep during Freshers Week, so you won’t struggle to find a party. No Curfew run events at Tiger Tiger and Space, two of the go-to spots for students, with cheap entry, cheap drinks and guest DJs as standard, whilst they also have control of The Backroom on Thursdays with the sophisticated Entourage night. The first day sets itself up for a trip to Mint Mondays, another student favourite held at the enormous Mint Warehouse, and Taking Liberties offer up four nights a week at various venues. Leeds' newest grime and garage night brought to you by Movement is set to take place at Wire on the Tuesday (20th). Mashups at Donuts and Mixtape Project fill the days in between before Taking Liberties finishes off with a Friday night at The Warehouse. Tiger Tiger boasts Fun House on a Wednesday night, whilst The Warehouse has long-running student-only night Sticky Feet, meaning every day of Freshers has ample opportunity for a big night out with your new crew. Mint Club will have a new Thursday night occupant this year with the arrival of Honey Jar. Expect everything from Notorious B.I.G to Daft Punk on roation to provide a healthy dose of mid week 90s nostalgia.
There’s lots going on in Sheffield too, with Organised Chaos laying on parties left, right and centre. Operating since 2010, they’ve become a key name in the student game, laying on parties at all of the main venues. Sunken will have Monday at Tank, whilst the rest of the week offers parties at Code Warehouse, The Viper Rooms, Crystal, The Leadmill and more (you can even buy a pass for the week if you think you’ve got the stamina).
Manchester has something pretty different from the standard freshers fare: Junkyard Golf. Offering an alternative to a night stood at the bar, Junkyard Gold mixes crazy golf with food stalls and cocktails, making it a perfect way to hit it off with your recently acquainted housemates. The Warehouse Project Launch Party makes for a more hedonistic end to the week on Friday, with other music events at Hidden, O2 Ritz and Gorilla offering ample choice for those important last few days before uni kicks in and you spend every day working tirelessly at the library.
Not to be left behind by its northern peers, Bristol will serve up a huge number of parties for its incoming freshers. SWX has three rooms of music at Codec, with party anthems on stage 3 likely to attract a particularly excitable crowd. Motion has a Tokyo World After Party, live sets from Gary Numan and Wild Beasts, and the In:Motion opening party to look forward to, whilst Thekla welcomes For the Love of Garage, a night dedicated to UKG .
London’s Milkshake will be busy throughout the freshers period, with a Foam Rave, Ms Dynamite, plus nights at Ministry of Sound and XOYO to be thinking about. Hip-hop vs RnB at The Garage, The AMP All Day Rave at Tobacco Dock and KiNK at the Steelyard all look like great ways to spend an evening. Junkyard Golf London offer up their golfing and cocktail services for all to enjoy througout the freshers period.
Lincoln’s fast growing clubbing scene should hit peak performance just in time for freshers, with Home hosting The Union’s Freshers Zoo Project and Entourage’s Glitter Party. The Superbull returns on Friday 23 September as well, meaning there’s a tricky decision to be made with Flava D guesting at Grit 2.0 on the same day.
Words by Andrew Kemp