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Why You Can’t Miss Freshers’ Festival This Year

For over a decade, students across Scotland have been flocking to Freshers’ Festival to fill their buckets and bellies with freebies and discounts, and revel in a two-day long event featuring Glasgow’s best clubs, pubs, eateries, music, accommodation and more!

And this year is definitely no different. In fact, you eager freshers are in for a real treat – with the chance to get your mitts on goodies from the coolest brands in the city and get involved in the fiercest attractions we’ve ever laid our eyes on. So make sure to get yourself along to George Square, 20th and 21st September, grab FREE VIP tickets and bring along pals for what will be the highlight of your student experience.

Keen to know more? From beauty samples and gym memberships, to club nights, microbreweries and movies (oh and heaps of free grub) here are just some of the reasons why you can’t miss Freshers’ Festival this year – you’re welcome!


Experience Glasgow’s Best Nightlife       

Whether you’re a newbie in town or always game for a party, for two days only, Freshers’ Festival will be home to the best nightlife in the city, offering discounts on drinks, events, club nights and more. If your music of choice means headbangin’ til the wee hours, then you’ll be delighted to hear metal and indie heroes Cathouse, Firewater and Garage will be in attendance at the fest.

If you prefer pop, hip hop and dance, then make way for O2 ABC, Subclub, Bamboo KOKOMO, AXM, Light, The Buff Club and The Shed. As if that’s not enough, you’ll also get to chat to Drygate Brewing Co., Shilling Brewing Co., Revolution, The Social and Driftwood for money off pints and cocktails. Sláinte!


Grab Delicious Grub & Fresh Coffee

From Mexican nosh and Indian delights to Sushi and pizza – we cater for everyone. Come and nab free samples from the likes of McIntosh Mac n’ Cheese, Chaakoo, Barburrito, Topolabamba, Yo Sushi, Bar Soba and Ad Lib. Don’t forget there’ll also be FREE pizza from cheesy kings Papa John’s as well as offers from Just Eat and fresh coffee tastings from Gordon Street Coffee.


Polish Up Your CV With Jobs & Opportunities

This student malarkey can sometimes be expensive, with hefty textbooks to buy and weekly pizza allowances to aid those all nighters in the library. So if you’re looking for a chance to expand your experience in professional realms as well as earn some cash, then we’ll have both summer and term-time opportunities from a diverse range of industries including Americamp, Frontier, Royal Maritime Reserves and SecuriGroup, offering work across oceans and in some of Scotland’s most exciting venues.


Improve Health, Fitness & Wellbeing  

If you’re a gym bunny who loves nothing more than working up a sweat guzzling protein shakes, then you’ll be psyched to know you’re in for the chance to slice down the price of your monthly gym memberships with offers and discounts from Anytime Fitness, Sweat! Union and Xercise4Less. There’ll also be tonnes of opportunities to chat to professionals from NHS and Police Scotland about health and safety issues to put anxious minds at ease during freshers week.


Be A La Mode With The Latest Beauty & Fashion

Being a student doesn’t mean you have to forgo being in style, even if your student loan only permits occasional shopping sprees. Whatever your beauty requirements, we have your back. Mohair will be offering free hair cuts for guys and Volume Style Bar are shaking up their mousse and giving gals free braiding and curls, party make up and face glitter! You’ll also get to experience Sally Salon Services and browse gorgeous frames from spectacle queens IOLLA.


Get Involved With Shopping, Accommodation & Entertainment

As well as some of the most exciting and eclectic activities and entertainment in the city, from movie marathons with Cineworld, bowling with Hollywood Bowl and climbing with The Climbing Academy to old school Laser Quest games and even tattoos with Forevermore, we’ve got top accommodation and means of kitting out your new student pad. Get your hands on gorgeous rooms with Fresh Student Living and Euro Hostel or become a budget interior designer with Flying Tiger and IKEA! For all things Glasgow, including culture, food and a heavy dose of banter, head on over to our partners at GlasgowLiving and don’t forget to swing by their stall.


Satisfy Wanderlust With Travel & Tech

If you’re partial to the odd adventure and you love discovering new places, hop aboard with our pals at Citylink, Glasgow Taxis, Happy Bus, McGills and Glasgow Subway and scoop up Wi-Fi on the way with KILTR to relish the best of Scotland’s scenery and urban happenings while saving money in the process. And if you haven’t already, remember to download yada, the Freshers’ Festival official app to keep up to date with upcoming events and entertainment. You can also say cheese at the yada stall with their photo booth and face painters and have a boogie with their very own DJ.


Think you can handle the best fiesta in the land? Pick up FREE VIP tickets and take a peek at more upcoming events at the Freshers Fringe. You can also get involved in our chat over on Facebook and Twitter.

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Freshers’ Festival is Back: The Biggest Student Event of the Year

As you’ll know Freshers’ Festival has dominated our student calendars by providing the crème de la crème of the city’s finest eateries, fashion brands, clubs, pubs, accommodation, job opportunities and more! This is why we’re psyched to announce the long-awaited return of the biggest and best event of the year.

After swarming George Square in their thousands last year, weighed down with goodies and grasping fistfuls of pizza, the city saw students from all walks of life embrace the best of what Glasgow has to offer.

Freshers Festival 2017

This year’s extravaganza will take place once again at the iconic George Square, 20th and 21st September. As well as an eclectic showcase of the fiercest attractions and brands in the city, there’ll be unique interactive opportunities for networking, careers and personal development.

And what would the Freshers’ Festival be without the freshest freebies, competition prizes and entertainment? We already have an awesome array of goodies up our sleeves including the return of FREE Papa John’s pizza as well as prizes, discounts and offers from the coolest haunts in the city. If that’s not enough you’ll also get to soak up some sweet sounds with our live entertainment, get involved in our new experiential zones, fill your bags (and buckets) with freebies and get the chance to experience, discover and celebrate student life in Scotland’s most exciting city.

Exclusive prizes and freebies

To avoid FOMO, make sure to download the event app yada and be the first to hear about exclusive prizes, goodies and showcases.

And if you’re keen for even more sensational city events, then check out the Freshers’ Fringe, a month-long festival featuring 60+ events from club nights and menu tastings to employment seminars, personal development workshops, shopping events and arts events.

Keep an eye out on GlasgowLiving for regular updates on all Freshers Festival and Freshers Fringe happenings.

So stay tuned over the next few months for more info on our full list of exhibitors (and of course their freebies), acts and exclusive competitions. Let us know what you’re most keen for at this year’s event by dropping us a line over on Facebook and joining the bants on Twitter.

MCM Scotland Comic Con

Calling all sci-fi fans, gamers, comic collectors and movie buffs! Join the celebration at MCM Comic Con of modern pop culture at the SECC with cosplay, special guests and more.

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Get ready for the biggest student party of the year at George Square at Freshers’ Festival! Visit global food and drink specialists, leading charities and popular local businesses. Get your hands on massive discounts and heaps of freebies from your favourite pubs and clubs, restaurants, activity centers and retail providers.
You’ll also have the chance to see incredible live entertainment and win exclusive prizes!
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Freshers’ Festival 2016 Floor Plan

We’re SO EXCITED for Freshers’ Festival this year 21st – 22nd September at the iconic George Square!

Join the party for free food & drink, insane giveaways and prizes and live entertainment from top retailers, restaurants, pubs & clubs, sports gurus and employers! To get you psyched for what is guaranteed to be the highlight of your academic year, take a peek at the floor plan and find out where to visit your fave exhibitors.

To keep up to date with all Freshers’ Fest banter and to be the first to hear about exclusive prizes, download yada, the festival’s official app! If that’s not enough, we’ve also got an impressive 95 reasons to get to Freshers’ Festival, so grab your glad rags and we’ll see you there!



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95 Reasons to get to Freshers’ Festival 2016!

  1. Our MASSIVE medley of freebies, giveaways – including food & drink, branded merchandise, iPads, booth packages and cosmetics!
  2. The insane number of discounts and offers from your fave retailers, restaurants, pubs & clubs, activity centers, gyms and more!
  3. For the ambitious freshers among you, we’ll have jobs and opportunities suitable for all lifestyles and interests from careers that allow you to travel the world, to salaried jobs and festival work!
  4. This year’s festival is held at George Square, Glasgow. This iconic and historic square is enough to keep you in high spirits with its outdoor festival magic!
  5. There’ll be live music and entertainment to keep you boogying all day! Come along to the fest to find out who’ll be playing.
  6. Freshers’ Festival is the biggest and best student festival in the UK, last year saw a whooping 8,000 students attend! So keep your calendars open and your party pants on.
  7. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Freshers’ Festival, so it’s guaranteed to be the best we’ve seen yet!
  8. Ad Lib will be giving out sliders and American treats (popcorn and brownies, anyone?) as well as discount cards and meal prizes!
  9. Americamp will have goody bag prizes, free biscuits & Irn Bru!
  10. If you’re a fitness fanatic, Anytime Fitness are giving away promo codes, t-shirts and free gym memberships!
  11. AXM, one of Scotland’s best gay clubs, will be bringing info and offers on their student nights.
  12. If you’re partial to the odd burrito, Barburrito will be bringing along delicious nosh and giving you the chance to win a year’s supply for burritos!
  13. Win a private VIP party with Bloc+ and chat with them about their promos and live music!
  14. Slurp down some slushies, grab discount key fobs and goody bags with Bread + Butter!
  15. One of Glasgow’s most popular clubs, Buff Club, are offering tickets to their boat party on social media, and they’ll have mystery giveaways up their sleeves!
  16. Camp America will have info on working in the US, and will pamper you with freebies and sweets.
  17. Guess the Elephant’s name competition with Challenges Abroad: get the chance to win hoodies and pens and find out about volunteering overseas!
  18. Calling all movie lovers! Cineworld will have ticket giveaways and codes to score 13 months unlimited movies for the price of 12!
  19. For the chance to win a pair of tickets to Trainspotting or The Rivals swing by the Citizens Theatre stall!
  20. Taking your car up to or commuting? City Parking is offering discount cards, tickets and free parking!
  21. CRM Students are showcasing their top-notch accommodation to find you the perfect pad in Glasgow or Edinburgh!
  22. For drinks promos and cheap nosh, visit Driftwood and find out about student nights and club nights!
  23. Looking for somewhere to crash on a night out? Or not looking forward to the last train home? Book a VIP luxury suite with Euro Hostel for as little as £14.00pp and beds for a mere £10.00pp! Look out for massive prizes, discounts and giveaways!
  24. To keep up to date with exclusive prizes, join the chat by downloading yada, the festival’s official app!
  25. Indie fan? Have a chat with Firewater to find out about student nights and to grab some awesome merch.
  26. If you’re keen for a tatt in time for uni, swing by the Forevermore stall for more info on ink, body piercing and high-end jewelry!
  27. Get the boost of energy you need with a health kick from the folks at Fuel Juice Bars!
  28. Look out for Glasgow’s top pubs & clubs with G1!
  29. Iconic clubs Garage & Cathouse will have interactive games and giveaways including Mac Books!
  30. For info on fertility and donating, talk to GCRM.
  31. Girl Guiding Glasgow will have volunteering opportunities and free smores!
  32. Interested in a career in the military? Glasgow Universities’ Officer Training Corps will be there to discuss careers and opportunities.
  33. Whizz around the city and stay safe with Glasgow Taxis! Get to their stall to find out about student programs and offers.
  34. Look out for the Gym Group and info on classes and memberships!
  35. Homes for Students will also have fantastic flat shares and accommodation available for all walks of life.
  36. Paintballing, meal vouchers, and passes to M&Ds, just some of the giveaways from Infertility Network UK!
  37. The International Paintball Group will also have info on tickets and parties!
  38. One of your faves Revolution will have mystery freebies and offers!
  39. Quit squintin’ and grab some new frames from IOLLA and find out about student deals.
  40. Best student haunt JD Wetherspoons will be bringing The Counting House and vouchers valuing up to £100!
  41. Freshers’ week wouldn’t be the same without KOKOMO and Bamboo! Visit their stall to see what they’re up to.
  42. For the chance to win one of 100 VIP booth package giveaways swing by and see Light!
  43. Have a swatch at jobs and opportunities from Royal Naval Reserve.
  44. For free candy floss, sweets and merch as well as the chance to win a booth and bottle for freshers’ week, swing by and see Missoula.
  45. Cinema lovers, Odeon will have unlimited subscription offers and popcorn galore!
  46. Student discounts and offers will be up for grabs for Hollywood Bowl.
  48. Win free games and a year’s pass with Paradise Island Adventure Golf!
  49. Pick up delicious bites from Prep Fitness Kitchen.
  50. Find out about the work of the Rotary Club and how you can be involved.
  51. Win a VIP table package with Lola’s & Saint Jude’s!
  52. Have your voice heard in parliament and take part in political change with Scottish Youth Parliament.
  53. Register for a smart card for subway goodies with Glasgow Subway!
  54. Delicious and mouth watering mac n’ cheese samples will there to munch from McIntosh Foods!
  55. Sandwich fanatics rejoice! Subway will be giving out discount cards.
  56. Cut some mean shapes with Glasgow’s Sugarcube!
  57. Look out for info on careers and courses with TEFL.
  58. For bike repairs and expeditions, chat with The Bike Station.
  59. Grab £25 vouchers by swinging by the Chiquito stall!
  60. Your fave shooter bar Tingle will be at the fest! Find out about their giveaways and offers.
  61. Get a part time job with new Bombay Street Kitchen Chaakoo, or win amazing Mexican nosh with Topolabamba!
  62. Keep your eyes out for Douglas Park Golf Club and explore the best golfing facilities in the city!
  63. Discover top retailers and their offers with intu Braehead!
  64. There’ll be FREE PRIMERS AND MASCARAS for the first 500 attendees from Benefit Cosmetics! You can also chat with them about careers.
  65. Play games and win yummy chicken with Nando’s!
  66. Fancy being a promoter for Neon Energy Drink? Give them your best chat and find out about jobs!
  67. Look out for Bar Budda and their offers and info.
  68. Live life to the freshest by chatting with Fresh Student Living.
  69. Work at exciting venues and festivals all over Scotland with SecuriGroup!
  70. Speak to G1 Dental and get those gnashers looking snazzy!
  71. Glasgow Uni students unite! Look out for events with Glasgow University Union.
  72. Find out about the work of Queen Margaret Union and enter their comps.
  73. Print your own t-shirts for free and discounts for groups with Print It Yourself!
  74. Bust out some moves with Laser Quest Glasgow and grab tickets!
  75. Look out for goodies from top guys Maplin.
  76. Get fantastic sushi and authentic Japanese style with Yo! Sushi.
  77. Merchant City gurus Katie’s Bar are looking for students to party with!
  78. Pursue your passions and follow a new course with Open University.
  79. For massive student discounts and the chance to win an iPad jump by the Citylink stall!
  80. Grab gift cards and vouchers by signing up with St Enoch Centre!
  81. Get work and discounts on translation services with Global Language Services.
  82. Get happy with Happy Bus and find out about transport to your fave events and festivals!
  83. Donate and help out with Enable Scotland!
  84. Have a look out for Bounce Back and visit their stall.
  85. For the best house, dance and electronic music in Glasgow visit Sub Club!
  86. Find out about opportunities and leadership roles with Home Fundraising.
  87. Win free exclusive sessions with The Climbing Academy!
  88. Look out for the TriBeCa Group and win cocktails and food!
  89. Find out about training programs, internships and full time jobs with Webhelp UK.
  90. Get fit with memberships, offers and t-shirts with Xercise 4 Less.
  91. Travel around Scotland with info from McGills Buses.
  92. Have a chat about the best craft beer in the city with brewery masters Drygate!
  93. Volunteer for a worthwhile cause with Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.
  94. Keep an eye out for events and goodies from O2 ABC!
  95. Enjoy the biggest student party you’ve laid your eyes on and have the best two days of your academic year at Freshers’ Festival and grab tickets here!

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Rocking out at the Main Stage

At T in the Park this year, we rounded up our favourite Glasgow bands from the festival and coaxed them over to the SECC, where they’ll be putting on a special set just for you on our might Main Stage on the 2nd-3rd October at 10:30am-11:30am!

Tijuana Bibles have been making waves with their blues rock sound, and they’ve been selected to kick off our festival off in style. Taking their cue form the likes of BRMC and Alabama 3, their deep vocals and dirty guitar riffs will take to the stage at 10.30am on Thursday.


We hope you’ve all got your dancing shoes on, because next up are The Moon Kids, fresh from their appearance on BBC Alba’s Rapal, who’ll be following up Tijuana Bibles with their unique ‘fairground pop’ sound.


On Friday, the stage will be jolted into life by the inspiring electro of Atom Tree; whose atmospheric sound will make you feel like you’ve got your own personal movie score as you explore the festival.


Once they fade out, Medicine Men arrive to pick up the pace. And if you’re not sucked in by their psych rock and pumping dance refrains, you’ll be spat out by their bass lines. So be prepared!