Glasgow – 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 Glaswegian 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.

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.

Theatre- Off Kilter, Tron Theatre

10th-13th May

Ramesh Meyyappan is an internationally renowned visual theatre artist, whose last major work, Butterfly, sold out worldwide. His latest work is a dark, comedic, highly physical theatre production, incorporating illusions and masterful visual storytelling.

At work and at home, Joe Kilter has his own, obsessive, routine. But then a change in his routine turns his world Off Kilter, leaving him isolated and desperate, until he is forced to exist in darkness.

Off Kilter explores mental wellbeing, identity, feeling a little bit different from everyone else, and not quite being yourself.

To find out more go 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.

Concert- The Jackobins at Audio

19th May

Formed in 2014, dubbed by Fred Perry Subculture and This Feeling as “Big in 2016 and 2017”, Liverpool based four piece The Jackobins have taken the UK’s music scene by storm, headlining and selling out venues across the country whilst appearing on some of the UK’s most prestigious festivals including: Reading & Leeds, Tramlines, Live at Leeds, Dot to Dot, Sound City and Y Not Festival.

The band has been championed by BBC Introducing Merseyside DJ Dave Monks, giving the band heavy airplay and inviting them for a live session, whist Radio X made their single ‘Hasty’ Track of The Week. Their previous two singles stirred a buzz around airing on BBC Introducing Merseyside, BBC 6 and Radio X.

More information about this gig can be found here.

Nightclub- Sub Club


Check out the regular I AM nights at the word renowned Sub Club . I AM stands for individuality, autonomy, open-mindedness and open hearts. With that mantra in mind they play an eclectic mix of anything that sounds good. Perfect for students with multiple musical tastes. They have been running weekly parties in Sub Club successfully since September 2010 – don’t be late to the party!

More information here.

Food- The Squid And Whale


The Squid And Whale is a relatively recent addition to the Glasgow food and drink scene. They specialise in South American and Mexican grub alongside dishes from the U.S. deep south. Local ingredients and fresh seafood are on the menu, as well as a great drinks selection. Oh and even better you can get a nice 10% off your food bill (using the Yelp app to check-in)

For more information go here.