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

April is almost here and spring is well and truly in the air in Newcastle. 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 Newcastle team have picked seven fun ideas to put that spring back in your step this April!


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.

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.

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.

21st April: Concert – Lux Lisbon at Think Tank?

Lux Lisbon will visit Newcastle later this month, bringing their unique sound to Think Tank? on 21st April.

The English four-piece, which includes Stuart Rook, Charlotte Austen, Tom Cooper and Jamie Shaw, cover harmony laden Indie-Pop-Rock and are the biggest 100% D.I.Y band in the UK.

This gig promises to be a great night out and you can still purchase tickets here.

27th, 28th & 29th April: Hit the North Festival

This spring, Hit the North festival is coming to Newcastle. The new multi-venue festival includes a line-up of some of the UK’s best emerging artists.

The festival is described as a celebration of worldwide emerging brands and musicians and will encompass all genres of music from folk to hip hop, new indie and R&B.

The event will see 116 bands perform in 14 venues across the city later this month and you can purchase your tickets here.

30th April: Nightclub – Neon Nation and O2 Academy Newcastle

‘Keeping The Rave Alive’ is a multi-award-winning brand that showcases 360 degrees of dance music. Its flagship ‘Neon Nation’ event has previously sold out gigs in North America, South America, Japan and Australia and will visit Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Sunday 30th April.

The line-up for this event is still be to be announced and will feature the some of the biggest global superstars from the harder styles of dance music.

This event is set to be one of the biggest parties in North East England this year and you can buy your ticket here.

Food (Ongoing) – Pizza Express

Pizza Express if offering students with NUS extra cards a deal too delicious to refuse this month.  The Italian restaurant serves something for everyone, from freshly prepared pizzas to warming plates of pasta and risottos.

Your NUS extra card will give you 40% off your food and drink bill on Mondays and Tuesdays, and 20% off your food and drink on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

To find out more about this offer, click here.