Gig review: The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics, Leeds

On a rainy night in Leeds, Back To Basics, in partnership with Leeds City Council, staged what ended up being one of the most euphoric, and unexpectedly joyous nights the city has ever seen. The crowds certainly turned out in force, with the event selling out several days before, with a palpable sense of anticipation on the night throughout the city’s bars.  But let me back-track and tell you a bit about the concept.  Split into two parts, the main event saw the 50-piece orchestra – courtesy of the supremely talented Opera North – reworking and performing selected dance classics with a…

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Fresher’s for Free – 5 ways to wing your first weeks at Uni

Your first few weeks at uni are the ideal time to taste the nightlife of your new surroundings, meet great friends and generally have the time of your young adult life. And when the student loan arrives in your bank account, you can feel like a vodka-drinking student on champagne wages. But tighten those purse strings- there’s no need to splurge all your new-found pennies in the first week on UV paint and novelty glasses. Instead, follow our handy guide and do fresher’s on the cheap. It’s a foolproof way to have a week of free uni fun you’ll never…

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Survive the Uni Commute

How to survive the uni commute. While your friends have already paid huge deposits for their student houses and set up utility billing accounts, you’ve firmly decided that living at home and commuting into university would be far more cost effective. Whether your timetable for next year racks up a total of three hours per week, or you feel you live close enough to justify the journey in every day, commuting is becoming an increasingly popular option for students across the country. Why feed that £3000 maintenance money directly into a greedy landlord’s pocket, when you could be jetting off around…

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Make the most of your gap year

A gap year away can be a daunting prospect for anyone. Whether choosing to spend time wandering the open road, volunteering in the far corners of the globe, or completing placements for a year to gain insight into the world of work, the thought can be scary. It’s fine to not know what you want to do after leaving college- a lot of people don’t. Or maybe you’ve just graduated and need some time to explore the world and all it has to offer before stepping straight into a rigid 9-5 job. It could be that you need to gain…

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