Edinburgh – You May Enjoy The Month Of May!

Is it really May already? We are heading towards summer (and snap General Election to boot!) It’s also time to stop eating those Easter leftovers- but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy yourself this month. As well as studying and revising for upcoming exams, Downing Students believe that May is a great month to go out and socialise too. You can start soaking in the Vitamin D from the sun as the British weather will just get better and better.

Not only that, there are some fantastic new releases and activities this month you can enjoy in that all-important down time. Keep some time back for reading a brand new book, soak up some cool sounds at a local gig, watch a new movie (with popcorn, naturally!) and grab a too-good-to-miss student meal deal at a cool café or restaurant in the town.

Don’t worry, our Edinburgh team of experts have the month of May all sorted out for you!

Book release- Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

2nd May

The long awaited follow up to Paula Hawkins’ best seller and global phenomenon, The Girl On The Train, is here. It is with the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that the writer delivers a gripping and compelling read that hinges on the stories we tell about our pasts and their power to destroy the lives we live now

In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped.

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .

More information about Into The Water can be found here.

Concert- The Parrots [Spain] at Sneaky Pete’s

3rd May

Hola! Behold The Parrots- a Spanish rock band from Madrid featuring Diego García (vocals), Alex de Lucas (bass) and Larry Balboa (drums). If you like your rock music fast and loud and Spanish – or even if you are just intrigued, do give them a go. After three years and half a dozen singles and E.P.s, the band recently signed to Heavenly Recordings, releasing the album, “Los Niños Sin Miedo” in 2016.

More information about this gig can be found here.

Album release- I Can Spin A Rainbow by Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel

5th May

I Can Spin A Rainbow marks the first full-length collaboration between Palmer and Ka-Spel, founding member of visionary Anglo-Dutch band The Legendary Pink Dots and one of her greatest artistic heroes. The album is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream for Palmer, an avowed fan of Ka-Spel and the Legendary Pink Dots since discovering their psycho-theatrical, multi-textural work in her teens.

Recorded largely on Ka-Spel’s computer, I Can Spin A Rainbow is a truly collaborative effort, “a spiritual experience,” says Palmer, in which both artists’ stories, song fragments, poems, and lyrics became totally meshed with loops, melancholy piano, and unusual rhythms. The results range from the enchantingly minimal The Clock at the Back of the Cage and the album-opening track Pulp Fiction which is both mysterious and broadly theatrical.

More information about I Can Spin A Rainbow can be found here.

Film release- Alien: Covenant

12th May

Director Ridley Scott continues to terrify us all over again with the latest instalment of his iconic Alien sci-fi horror franchise:  Alien: Covenant. The film chronicles the voyage of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a distant planet, whose crew makes a terrible discovery. They’re undertaking the first large-scale colonisation mission, and their new world was supposed to be a paradise.

But in reality, it’s a hell: as the crew discover threats and creatures more horrific than they can imagine, their quest for a new home quickly turns into a desperate attempt to escape.

More information about Alien: Covenant can be found here.

Theatre- Jane Eyre – Festival Theatre

15th-20th May

For those of you who value ground breaking interpretations of English literary classics then this is the show for you. Following a critically acclaimed season at the National Theatre, this production is an innovative re-imagining of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece and is a collaboration between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic and is directed by Sally Cookson.

The classic story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms. Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.

To find out more go here.

Nightclub- The Egg at The Wee Red Hall

20th May

Go back in time to make some dance moves to classic indie, 60s garage, electro, northern soul, ska, 70s punk and new wave at this Edinburgh institution for those in the know after a quick fix of decent music and attitude free clubbing.

More information here.

Food- Café Piccante

Ongoing

One of Edinburgh’s notable student spots and THE place to get your deep fried fare. Café Piccante is a chip shop with a difference – it has its own resident DJ. Try a Deep Fried Mars Bar or a ‘Pizza Crunch’. They even deep fry pies! You are welcome.

To check out the menu go here.