Seven Ideas To Put A Spring In Your Step This April – Edinburgh

April is almost here and spring is well and truly in the air in Edinburgh. This month signals the arrival of the Easter holidays, which means that it’s finally time for you to come out of your study hibernation, enjoy a well-earned rest and re-energise before exams are on their way!

So while this holiday is a great opportunity to fit in some extra revision, Downing Students believe that it’s also important that you make the time to nurture and re-energise yourself this month.

Whether it’s a good book, a new film release, a music gig or even a local restaurant with a great student deal, this month is full of exciting moments for you to look forward to. That’s why our Edinburgh team have picked seven fun ideas to put that spring back in your step this April.


1st– 5th April: Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail has spent the past six years touring the Americas from Vancouver to Buenos Aires to Mexico City, and now they’re ready to cross the pond and bring the industry’s premier cocktail festival to Europe.

In 2017, Tales of the Cocktail on Tour is headed to Edinburgh for five days of cocktail education and celebration in one of the world’s most historic cities.

This event is not to be missed and tickets can be bought here.

4th April: Book release – My Last Lament by James William Brown

A poignant and evocative novel about one Greek woman’s struggle- and her nation’s- in the aftermath of World War II.

Aliki is one of the last of her kind, a lamenter who mourns and celebrates the passing of life. She is part of an evolving Greece, one moving steadily away from its rural traditions. Through Aliki’s powerful voice, an unforgettable one that blends light and dark with wry humour, this novel delivers a fitting eulogy to a way of life and provides a vivid portrait of a timeless Greek woman, whose story of love and loss is an eternal one.

More information about My Last Lament can be found here.

5th April: Concert – Amy Macdonald at Usher Hall

Amy Macdonald is currently heading out on her first UK tour in four years. Still only 29 years old, the This Is The Life hit maker has released 3 albums and sold over 5 million records worldwide.

The Scottish songstress continues to take the world by storm with her brand of rootsy folk-rock and will be bringing her tour to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on 5th April.

You can purchase tickets to this event here.

7th April: Album release- Memories…Do Not Open by The Chainsmokers

Memories…Do Not Open is the upcoming debut album by the New York hitmakers The Chainsmokers and features exciting collaborations with both Emily Warren and Coldplay.

The DJ duo, which consists of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall, have already released two singles from their new album with ‘Paris’ and ‘Something Just Like This’.

The pair have previously achieved global success with songs ‘Closer’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ and will embark on their first US this month.

More information about Memories…Do Not Open can be found here.

7th April: Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club at La Belle Angele

The funk phenomena that is Craig Charles is returning to the Scottish capital with his Funk and Soul Club this month. This event will arrive at La Belle Angele on Friday 7th April and promises to be a great night out for you and your friends.

Make sure that you don’t miss out- tickets can still be purchased here.

14th April: Film release- The Fate of the Furious

It should probably come as no surprise that this sequel to Furious 7 went into production almost immediately after the film hit cinemas.

When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

Scheduled to be released on April 14, 2017, The Fate of the Furious’ cast includes Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell, and the majority of the other core players from earlier instalments.

More information about The Fate of the Furious can be round here.

Food (Ongoing) – Las Iguanas

George Street in Edinburgh city centre is home to a delicious slice of Latin America life at Las Iguanas, bringing all your favourite sizzling South American dishes to the Scottish capital.

To make your meal taste even better, Las Iguanas is offering students a delicious deal with 25% off all food from Sunday to Thursday.

In order to get a quarter off your bill next time you visit Las Iguanas, you will need a Llama card or a student card. More information about this deal can be found here.