Newcastle – 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 Newcastle 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.

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.

Gig- The Cribs at o2 Academy Newcastle

15th May

The Cribs’ acclaimed third album, Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever, is turning ten and they’ll be celebrating this May by playing the album in its entirety at o2 Academy Newcastle.

Critically acclaimed, the album propelled the band to a greater audience, reaching number thirteen on the UK Album Charts, as well as number nine on the annual ‘Albums of the Year’ by influential UK music magazine NME.

The indie rockers are due to play at the o2 Academy on the 15th May. Tickets are available here.

Theatre- Funny Girl at Theatre Royal

16th – 20th May

Funny Girl brought global fame to Barbra Streisand 50 years ago, boasting some of the most iconic songs in film and theatre history, including People and Don’t Rain on My Parade. Half a century later, this exhilarating embrace of a production comes to Newcastle after wowing critics and audiences alike in London’s West End.

Don’t miss your chance to see this phenomenal production at the Theatre Royal for 1 week only in May 2017.

Tickets are available here.

Nightclub- Digital

Every Saturday

Future Love @ Digital

If you want to spend your Saturday night at one of the most famous clubs in the world, Digital is the place to go. With three different rooms, playing a range of music from Indie to RnB, there is something here for everyone.

Digital resident Felix Leiter will be spinning all things House in Digital’s main room from 11pm right through to 4am.

Tickets are available here.

Food- Chaophraya


Chaophraya – 2 courses for £13.50

Chaophraya offers contemporary Thai dining in inspirational surroundings. Serving unique Thai cuisine, freshly prepared by highly skilled chefs, in open display kitchens.

This fantastic offer is available Sunday-Friday between 12 and 5pm for the whole of May, and it’s possible to add a third course for an extra £3!

More information on this offer is available here.