Freshers’ Festival kicks off proper on 23rd September, bringing with it the usual shebang of bar crawls and pub quizzes. But don’t forget that we live in a musical hot spot sandwiched between Manchester and Leeds, and if you want to pepper your first weeks at uni with live music, then you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice (much like you will be all year round). So without further ado, here are T’Hud’s picks of the live music calendar to sink your teeth into:
Monday 23rd September
So, you’ve just moved into your swanky new digs, met some like minded people and uni life (without the work) is going like a dream. What better way to celebrate than carting yourself off to Manchester’s Sound Control for some post-rock noisiness courtesy of Sheffield’s 65daysofstatic on Monday 23rd Sept., eh?
If you really want to challenge your musical horizons, you can’t do much better than to head over to Leeds’ for the homecoming stint of Castrovalva and Exit International’s duel-headlined (and presumably bass heavy) #ZeroGuitarsMaximumFilth tour at The Library. Expect a collision of hardcore and hip-hop of the like you’ve never heard before!
Also in Leeds that night, it’d be worth taking your first trip to Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club for the enviable line-up of local heroes Sky Larkin (showcasing tracks from their recently released third album Motto) and Cardiff’s terribly named but beautifully slack Radstewart. This will be some party!
Tuesday 24th September
If you like your music with more of an acerbic bite, or just like the sound of a “man shouting over some top indie racket” (their words not ours), then Art Brut at Manchester Academy 3 on Tuesday 24th is the show for you!
Wednesday 25th September
Throughout the year Huddersfield’s Bar 1:22 will be playing host to Street Spirit on Wednesday nights, which aims to showcase the best in local live music. Why not experience your first Street Spirit of the year on Wednesday 25th for a mere £2 entry? This week’s edition is a Freshers’ specials and features no less than five performances from local bands over a full evening’s entertainment. Featuring Buenos Aires Metro and Byron Street Social among many others, this will be a true showcase of local Huddersfield talent. Be ready to make Street Spirit a regular fixture in your diary…
The folks over at Leeds’ Nation of Shopkeepers are keen supporters of up-and-coming bands, and with this in mind, Wednesday nights regularly see the chart botherers of tomorrow gracing the venue’s modest stage… all for free. This Wednesday is no exception as Manchester shoegazers Shinies bring their swooning guitar sounds and wall of noise aesthetics to one of the city’s best venues.
It’s also day one of the University of Huddersfield’s Freshers’ Fair on Wednesday, and T’Hud will have a stall! So make sure you come down and say hi!
Thursday 26th September
On Thursday 26th, The Warehouse in Huddersfield launches its new run of live music club nights with Re-Wired. This opening event features hotly tipped Halifax/Bradford indie-boppers The Mexanines among others, DJs spinning tracks late into the night and drinks deals! With Re-Wired looking to become a weekly Thursday night attraction, this could be the start of something big for Huddersfield. Check the Facebook event page below:
For something a little further from home, you may want to head to Manchester’s Deaf Institute on the same night. The “You Need To Hear This” Freshers’ tour is apparently combining the two best parts of Freshers – alcohol and good music. Say what you want about drinking copious amounts of Red Stripe, but the fact that good music makes a good Freshers cannot be denied. With live appearances from B-town slackers Superfood, surf-rock noise mentalists The Wytches and a stint on the decks from London’s Bloodshake DJs, that’s exactly what you’ll find at this event. And the best part? It’s totally free! Get yourselves down to Manchester to check it out. You can also sign up for a chance to win free drinks at the below link:
Friday 27th September
Friday 27th Sept. sees the main event of Freshers – HudFest – taking place on campus, where the action will no doubt be centred on odd-poppers The Hoosiers as they take to the SU stage to perform hits such as ‘Worried About Ray’ and ‘Goodbye Mr. A’. Radio 1’s Scott Mills, Leeds’ The Pigeon Detectives and BBC Introducing…’s Ally McCrae also take to the DJ decks. Be sure to read T’Hud’s interview with The Hoosiers below as they look forward to Friday’s show! Tickets HERE!
Saturday 28th September
As part of new arts festival RECON (link below), Gang of Four bring their legendarily angular post-punk shtick to Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club on Saturday 28th. Supported by atonal art-punkers Bilge Pump, this show should prove to be a fitting main event for a fledgling arts festival that we are sure to see more of in the years to come.
Sunday 29th September
On the 29th it’s back to the Brudenell in Leeds for Mono, an all day line-up of the best up-and-coming psych and alt. bands which sports a quality schedule featuring the likes of Hookworms and Sauna Youth among others.
So there you have it, the pick of the show we will be indulging ourselves in over this coming Freshers’ week. We wholly recommend every one of them. Are there any that we’ve missed off the list? If you feel there’s a glaring omission of some sort, sound off in the comments below and we shall look into it! Stay tuned to T’Hud for regular gig guides in the coming weeks!