Every Lancs College is a Queen Song – Which is Yours?

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We all known Queen is having a bit of a moment lately, so kick the revision blues and find out which Queen song suits your Lancaster college!

Bowland – Somebody to Love


Renowned for being the "virgin college," Bowland is obviously embodied by Somebody to Love. A solid, catchy song, easy to sing along to – there's nothing THAT wrong with it. It just isn't as strong as some of the other Queen anthems – a bit like the Trough of Bowland compared to the other bars. It's overlooked in favour of some bolder, punchier Queen releases, bit like Grizedale Bar really. But c'mon, give them some love for the Bowland pies, right?

Cartmel – The Invisible Man

Cartmel Extrav 2015 – "Summer of '69"

Poor old Cartmel. It's literally in South campus? Don't get me wrong, there are some good things about the location; it's a little more spacious than some colleges, and definitely provides more peace and quiet. But we're at university, who wants peace and quiet? Well… people who are actually going to get Firsts, I presume? Anyway, when listing Lancaster colleges, Cartmel is often forgotten. There isn't much to say about Cartmel, unfortunately, and like the eponymous character of the song, they seem to be invisible.

County – We Will Rock You


If somebody is from County, you'll know about it. Despite the fact that they have some unfortunate anagrams formed from their name, they really do have strong college pride. We Will Rock You is a great song, but it was designed to be something simple, something that the audience can get involved with. That's what helps the song to succeed. It sticks to its strengths. No, County isn't brilliant (mainly because of the Diner), but it never claims to be perfect. Good for you, County – even though County Main looks like something ripped straight from Orwell's 1984.

Furness – A Kind of Magic

Aren't they a classy bunch?

Furness is an odd college to describe by using a Queen song. A Kind of Magic seemed appropriate because it all depends on the timing, and the context. With a memorable chorus, and a catchy tune, A Kind of Magic certainly isn't the weakest Queen song – it just isn't the strongest, either. It sits pretty middle-of-the-road, just like Furness does. The song isn't necessarily appropriate for every occasion, so it has to be judged accordingly. But when it's used right, it's fantastic – much like some of the events Furness has (GinFest, I'm looking at you).

Fylde – We Are the Champions


Supposedly the "sporty" college on campus, it seemed only right to award Fylde one of Queen's greatest anthems. Don't get me wrong, it isn't the most nuanced, or complex of Queen's music – it's typically favoured by drunks at the end of a good day of footbal, Fylde seems to embody that. Look no further than The Mill, the campus' resident sports bar; you'll find plenty of drunk sports fans in there. Could Fylde really have been any other Queen song?

Graduate – These Are the Days of Our Lives

Is the bar worth the trek?

Where do we start with Grad? The song is full of melancholy, looking back at days gone by; which must be how Grad students feel, knowing that their undergrad days are over. To give Grad credit, they do have a great bar – but it's so far out of the way that nobody really goes there. Grad keeps itself to itself; probably feeling sorry for itself, knowing that it's not having half as much fun as the rest of us.

Grizedale – Don't Stop Me Now


What more can I say about Grizedale? Everybody knows they have the best bar. 2-4-1 cocktails, all day, everyday. It's modern, it's chic, and the sofa chairs are unbelievably comfy. I'm not from Grizedale, but sometimes I wish I was. Everyone feels like that, at times. Grizedale knows that their selling point is their bar, and they don't try and hide that – and when you just can't say no to a 2-4-1, Don't Stop Me Now really does seem appropriate.

Lonsdale – I'm Going Slightly Mad

What a unique name for a bar?!

Let's face it, we'd all be "going slightly mad" if we were as far out of the way that Lonsdale is. Lonsdale is the furthest away from the heart of campus that you can be. If most of us lived that far away from the lecture theatres, I doubt that we'd even show up to our lectures (or at least, less than we already go to at the minute). Again, not actually a bad song, and Lonsdale college isn't bad, by a long way; but, like their college rivals, Bowland, they're often overlooked in favour of other colleges.

Pendle – I Want to Break Free


Pendle. Pendle, Pendle, Pendle… Of course you "want to break free." Pendle kind of drew the short straw, didn't they? We don't exactly want to know where they "shove their broomsticks," either, though we have a good idea. Pendle's accommodation actually looks pretty good, and to give them credit, it's nicknamed the Ghetto. But the cons outweigh the pros, and I Want to Break Free probably sums up the attitude of Pendle students when they realise that they could've chosen a college with a bar that offers drinks on tap.

And that's the tea

Hope you've enjoyed your little revision break… not every Queen song was made equal, and neither were the Lancaster colleges.