Leeds – 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 team of Leeds experts have the month of May all sorted out for you!
Book release- Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
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
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- Lifeboat. West Yorkshire Theatre
2nd –13th May
Do try and catch this extraordinary World War II drama, based on a gripping true story of courage, survival and enduring friendship.
In 1940 The City of Benares set sail from Liverpool for Canada. On board were 90 evacuees escaping the relentless bombing and dangers of war torn Britain. Four days into the crossing, the ship was torpedoed and sank. Only 11 of the evacuees survived. Two 15-year-old girls spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat. They willed each other to survive. Lifeboat tells their harrowing but moving story.
To find out more go here.
Film release- Alien: Covenant
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.
Nightclub- Mint Mondays
Never mind a Manic Monday– make it a Mint Monday instead! Get your week to a minty start by checking out MiNT MONDAYS at MiNT Club presented by one of Leeds’ biggest student events companies. Expect cheap drinks and a huge array of musical taste, from house, garage, hip-hop and disco. Mint never tasted so good!
More information here.
Food- Nation Of Shop Keepers
Nation of Shopkeepers is an incredibly popular destination for students thanks to a huge variety of beers and a menu full of burgers, ribs, hot dogs and Sunday Roasts – the perfect place for dinner in Leeds. You can’t consider yourself truly initiated into the Yorkshire way of life until you’ve tried Yorkshire puddings swimming in gravy.
For more information go here.