Freshers’ Week ’15: Your essential guide

Whether you’re Uni or Beckett, we’ve got you sorted

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So you’re coming to Leeds: congratulations. Stuck figuring out which night to make a drunken mess of yourself at with your new flatmates? Here’s a ‘What’s On’ guide to Freshers’ Week 2015 in the greatest city of them all.

Sunday 20th September

Freshers Sunday at PRYZM
The official welcome party for Leeds Beckett following the day party at Headingley campus. Free Shuttle buses from all major halls. 3000+ new freshers in one venue. Advance tickets essential. £6 advance £7 OTD.
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Arrival Party at LUU
The official welcome party at LUU with the whole union open for 5000+ people. Free Roller Disco. Cheap drinks all night long.
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Monday 21st September

Quids In at PRYZM
Leeds’ biggest Monday night for the 6th year in a row. Warning: 2014 saw 4000+ people turned away and Woodhouse Lane almost closed completely when it took place at Halo (RIP). Be early. Tickets essential.
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Back 2 Skool Disco at LUU
The annual ‘B2S’ disco returns to LUU with it’s unique brand of dance-floor filler and dress-up fun. Remember – school uniform is mandatory!
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MiNT Mondays
A small and intimate venue, MiNT has come to be recognised as one of the UK’s top small clubs with several awards. Don’t miss its unique disco ceiling and pure house vibes it’s now known for.
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Beach Party Warm-up at Beckett SU
Warm up for the biggest party of the week for all you Beckett freshers! Relive those hedonistic summer nights with summer tunes & fruity cocktails at The Headingley Bar.
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Tuesday 22nd September

Space Tuesdays
Those new to Leeds may not be aware of the city’s importance on the house scene in the UK. At many festivals, artist concerts and superclubs both in the UK and abroad, it’s Leeds DJs that more often than not that complete the roster. It’s nights like Space Tuesdays that are responsible for that. A small venue, Space fills up quickly, so tickets would be advisable.
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Mistajam Presents Speakerbox
Classic and upfront bass music with hip-hop, grime, garage, dubstep, R&B, house and everything in between. Featuring Mistajam, Bonkaz and Etta Bond on their Freshers Tour 2015.
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Meet & Greet ‘Gaz’ from Geordie Shore at PRYZM
Part of PRYZM’s “Freshers Festival” which allows you, for £30, to feast your eyes on S Club, Lethal Bizzle, Sigala, Charlie Sloth (BBC R1), Stylo G and many more artists. Tickets have sold out in past years.
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Mixtape Project at HiFi
Quite possibly the most random playlist of all Leeds nights, Mixtape ranges from Friendly Fires to The Streets to Outkast. It’s difficult to find a more unique music policy than this anywhere in the city! Advanced student tickets are £6.
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Wednesday 23rd September

Headphone Disco at LUU
Take a room full of clubbers, arm them with a set of wireless headphones each, have two DJ’s broadcast to them via two FM channels (you pick the best songs as you go) and watch the utterly surreal spectacle that unfolds!
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Freshers Fair at O2 Academy
Both unions hold freshers fairs all week. However, unbeknownst to many, for even more freebies O2 Academy is a gold mine. With it’s interior vastly bigger than any union in Leeds you will find incredible stalls to fill your brand new rooms up with. Don’t miss this one!

Antics at PRYZM
The Official Night of Leeds Beckett AU & SU. The biggest social in the city in the biggest club, everyone you know will be there! Huge celeb guests, the cheekiest themes and one huge party.
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Thursday 24th September

DONUTS at The Faversham
If you find yourself in halls on campus, chances are, you’re the type that prefers to get everywhere in two minutes. The Faversham is right across the road from Charles Morris which is perfect for anyone that prefers to stumble home at the end of the night without the need for a taxi. Music ranges from Shy FX to Todd Edwards to Oxide & Neutrino on an incredible Funktion One sound system.
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S Club at PRYZM
Yes, you read that right. The biggest artists of your childhood return to Leeds. Tickets have sold out every time they’ve come to the city.
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Club MTV with Philip George, David Zowie and more at O2 Academy
Leeds has dominated the music scene in the UK for a long time, thanks to venues that constantly bring in new artists. Past appearances include Avicii,, MK and many many more. This event needs no introduction even with the incredible artist lineup.
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Top Gun Freshers’ Special at LUU
Think power ballads, big hair, leather and all those air guitar guilty pleasures rolled into one. Taking place in Stylus, don’t be afraid to let your cheesy side run free.
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Offset at Bar Soba
A totally new student concept. Eat. Drink. Dance… get lucky! Eat: half price main courses from the Pan Asian Food Menu. Drink: discounted premium spirits, beers & shots. Dance: House, Disco & Funk all night. Free entry all night (advance bookings for food is essential). Something that Leeds has never seen before and free at the same time – for the cheapskates among you that have already become broke at this point, this is the most wallet friendly place you’ll see all week.
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Leeds Beckett Official Residences Welcome Party at TigerTiger
To find out who’s going to be your hall crush for the rest of the year, look no further. Just be sure to share a taxi if you haven’t pulled by the end of the night. For tickets, all halls residents should see their residential officer in halls or the accommodation office in room G30, Leslie Building.

Entourage at Backroom
For those after a smaller venue with a more R&B vibe, Backroom Thursdays provides a much more chilled out atmosphere. Luckily it’s also just a few minutes walk away from the McDonald’s at the bottom end of Briggate – be warned though, this one gets busy.
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Friday 25th September

Fruity Freshers’ T-Shirt Party
Fruity is the longest running night in the whole of Leeds. In such a musically educated city, to have the longest running night is an incredible achievement. Want the T-Shirt to prove it? Arrive early – they’re giving them away free to the first few hundred people. Fridays don’t get cheesier than this.
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Club Sloth at PRYZM
With 15 artists on this one night, this lineup is huge. Once again, this night is covered by the Freshers Festival wristband. Student ID is required for this night so don’t forget it!
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FUEL at The Stage, Leeds Becket City Campus
This isn’t your average student night. Expect to hear everything from pop to rock and a range of beats including hip hop, dance and electro. Plus expect to see outrageous fire breathing, angle grinding & trapeze swinging stage performances on a regular basis.
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Saturday 26th September

Mix:up LDS at Space
New to Leeds for 2015/16, Mix up aims to provide two rooms with a choice of Tech and Hip Hop. For newcomers, don’t miss the entrance to the club – it’s not visible from the main road so aim for the tunnel with blue lights on top and you’ll see the queue to get in.
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Freshers’ Finale at LUU
Stages across the entire building play host to Katy B, Scott Mills and Chris Stark (Radio 1), Propaganda (featuring special guests), Live Band Karaoke, and much more still to be confirmed. The Finale is something not to be missed – you’ll be sad when it’s over, but remember – you’re just getting started.
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Playground Saturdays at PRYZM
Having the biggest club in the city allows this place to have a ridiculous number of rooms each with their own distinct music policy. For flats with a varied group taste in music, you can’t go wrong by taking everyone here. Just be sure to get each other’s numbers before you get lost. Being situated right next to Mcdonald’s means you’re never more than a two minute walk from that post-night-out burger too.
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Control Saturdays
Saturdays at Control bring a main room of house all night and a side room for garage and hip-hop. Fridays vary week to week with artists such as Todd Terry, Jay Hardway and Nervo all making appearances in the past year.
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Projekt Saturdays
Projekt is unique; to see international chart topping DJs usually costs too much for most students, however, this night brings them to you for the ridiculous price of £5! Keep an eye on the Beatport and iTunes charts, chances are you’ll see those artists at this night. With resident DJ PBH fresh out of the Magaluf summer alongside his regular world tours and himself becoming an up and coming artist with partner-in-crime Jack Shizzle (keep an eye out for these two in the charts), you will not find a night like this anywhere else.