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Freshers’ Festival 2014: in just 2 minutes!

We relished every second of this year’s festival, and that’s why creating an epic 2-minute montage (well, just over) of all the action was almost heartbreaking. We reckon we caught the spirit of the event though, what do you think? And, more importantly, can you spot yourself?!

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From all the exhibitors: THANK YOU!

Over the next week, we’ll be taking a look back at the highlights of Freshers’ Festival 2014. But before we get all nostalgic, the exhibitors have one last thing to say to everyone who came along and helped to make this the best year yet:

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DJ Battles at Freshers’ Festival 2014

The Main Stage at Freshers’ Festival 2014 is still hotting up! Listen to your favourite DJs from some of Glasgow’s finest clubs battle it out for glory in an epic DJ spin-off, where YOU decide who will take home the (metaphorical) winning crown.

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In the afternoons, things will be heating up when our DJs take to the stage at 12pm to do battle. The first rule of the Battle of the DJs is… actually, there are no rules, just two DJs representing their clubs in a no-holds barred battle to the (almost) death. Check out who will be stepping up to wow you with some slick tunes, and who aren’t leaving without a fight…

Thursday, 2nd October

12:00-12:15 – AXM

12:15-12:30 -Sugarcube

12:30-12:45 – Cathouse

12:45-13:00 – o2 ABC

1:00-1:15 – Sanctuary

Friday, 3rd October

12:00-12:15 – AXM

12:15-12:30 -Sugarcube

12:30-12:45 – The Garage

12:45-13:00 – o2 ABC

1:00-1:15 – Sanctuary

1:15-1:30 – Industry

Which DJs will mix, cut and scratch their way to glory? You’ll have to check out the Relentless Main Stage to find out. You’re bound to pick up some tunes for your next playlist too.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Top Notch Topshop Freshers Discounts!

Oh goody! We love a good bargain, which is why we’re so excited that Topshop are offering all you lucky Freshers’ Festival attendees with an exclusive 20% discount from Topshop or Topman at Glasgow’s Argyle Street store. Yaldi!

We all know that there are few things more satisfying than starting a new academic year kitted out in lashings of new garments, right? So since you’re having to buy all those course books and a shedload of new stationery, why should your wardrobe miss out on all the fun?

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That’s why Topshop has provided the perfect excuse to treat yourself with this awesome offer, giving you that extra helping hand to stock up on your Autumn/Winter attire. The discount will be valid during the two days of the event only on all items purchased in store. Simply present your student card upon purchase to benefit from this spectacular offer.

What’s more, we’ll have free buses pulling up at Argylle street every 30 mins during the day to make sure that you get from A to B; be sure to pop into Topshop to make the most of that 20% discount and keep the Freshers’ Festival spirit going!

We hope that you’ve got your alarm clocks set and your browser open to start bookmarking all those new outfits you’ve had your eye on for the year ahead. Have a top time!

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Employment Zone: Be Who You Want to Be

When you’re about to set out on your University career, it’s easy to think of getting a job and building a career as tasks for tomorrow. But the reality is that you’re shaping your life every single day, and the more opportunities you explore now, the sooner you’ll reach the end of the rainbow!

Choosing your career path doesn’t have to be as simple as picking a job and gunning for it though. Our new Employment Zone is bursting at the seams with employers, agencies and opportunities for you to explore, examine and grasp with both hands. Not to mention we’re not forgetting to include a whole range of fun, character-building experiences that help you grow.

Kaya Responsible Travel is just one company who’ll help you span the continents. With more than 200 volunteer projects and work experience placements available across 20 countries and four continents, they have the perfect solution for anyone who wants to experience new places and cultures while developing vital skills for the future.

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Bridging the gap, and taking up a sizeable chunk of our Employment Zone, is the European Commission’s Youth on the Move initiative, which offers travel, study and employment opportunities across the European Union. Perfect for those who want to develop their careers without committing for the long-term, or for those who want to travel abroad without straying too far from home.

Youth on the Move also offers some excellent grants and support packages to ensure you make the most of your time abroad, without worrying about logistics and finance (unless that’s your chosen field!).

Of course, if you are looking for some stability, we’ve got plenty of employers who are keen to recruit students for their graduate schemes and internships. The British Army, Police Scotland and Golden Charter are all on the lookout for young talent to reinvigorate their organisations. So head on over to their stalls and get ready to be buttered up and plied with freebies, because you’re in demand!

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Youth on the Move: Supporting Scotland’s Students

The European Commission is in the process of setting up the mother of all stands: a vast area of the SECC dedicated to broadening your horizons with a plethora of opportunities for travel, training and employment in continental Europe.

Scotland has a rich history of spreading ideas and influence outside of its borders. Not too far South, you’ll find the Bank of England, an institution conceived by Scot Sir William Paterson. Cross the Atlantic to America and you’ll be greeted by the US navy: founded by John Paul Jones of Kirkbean, Dumfries.

It’s a tradition we’re proud of, and it’s one that the European Commission is looking to continue with it’s Youth on the Move initiative; which has the aim of increasing youth employment and fostering stronger ties between Scotland and the other 27 EU member states.

Whether you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, you’re keen to broaden your horizon, or just want to boost your CV and widen your job search, Youth on the Move has exciting options available to you.

Its popular Erasmus+ exchange scheme give you the chance to spend a spell of three to 12 months studying at one of the top European universities. It even offers grants to help cover your costs, and even includes the option to incorporate workplace traineeships, and boost your job prospects.

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If you’re focused on studying in Scotland, but still hope to train or work abroad one day, no problem. Youth on the Move can help you here too. There are dozens of internship and job opportunities available on their EURES portal, and the ‘Your first EURES job’ scheme offers support (both financial and logistical) to help you settle into you new home. What more could you ask for?

The decision of the EU team to focus their efforts on our Freshers’ Festival visitors is a great boost for Scotland. They could have chosen to exhibit anywhere, but they’ve opted for us: and we couldn’t be more excited for you.

To find out more about Youth on the Move, and the opportunities available, visit the impressive stand on the 2nd and 3rd of October.

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Youth Football Scotland: Helping the Grass Roots Grow

It’s not long until Freshers’ Festival kicks off, which means it’s time to highlight another one of our exhibitors. This time, we take a look at Youth Football Scotland (YFS).

YFS is a not-for-profit social enterprise that was founded in 2010 to promote and improve Scottish youth football from the ground up. But more than that, they’re using Scotland’s passion for football as a vehicle for education and social development, and they want your help.

In return for your time, YFS is providing a range of invaluable opportunities to kick start your career. Whether you want to volunteer to help local youth teams flourish, develop your skills as a coaching assistant, or get involved in sports journalism, YFS can help you.

YFS offer a particularly exciting, and brand spanking new, journalism and media programmes. These offer students the chance to gain practical experience in journalism, radio, TV and photography by covering the many events associated with YFS, from matches to news conferences and more besides.

Journalists and photographers will act as roving reporters, creating match stories and broader youth football content which will be see by the 70,000 unique users who visit the YFS website each month; and all pieces have the chance of being featured in The Daily Record, which has a readership of 300,000.

So whether you want to develop your media career, help kids all over the country get fit and have fun, or spread the world about the growth of grass roots football in Scotland, visit Youth Football Scotland’s stand at this year’s Freshers’ Festival.

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Stivy’s announce epic Paolo Nutini giveaway

Freshers’ Festival attendees are being given the chance to win tickets to see Paolo Nutini live next month, thanks to Stivy’s Original!

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That’s right, you and a mate could be in with a chance to see Scotland’s home grown heart throb when he returns to Scotland to perform in Glasgow at the end of October. Stivy’s are offering two tickets to see Paolo Nutini’s SOLD OUT show at the SSE Hydro on the 27th of October.

Winners will also be supplied with plenty of Stivy’s Goodies to make sure they have an evening to remember.

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To ensure that your name is entered into the prize draw, visit the Stivy’s stand at the Fresher’s Festival on the 2nd and 3rd of October, and stay tuned via Facebook and the Stivy’s website for more info!

And in the meantime, serious Paolo Nutini fans can also check out our interview with the man himself in this month’s magazine, or on the Scotcampus site.

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Put your Hands Together for…the Relentless Main Stage!

The hub of the festival is back, and it’s supercharged with the power of Relentless, making the Main Stage better than ever this year. It’s boasting a huge range of entertainment to keep you from overindulging on the food and drink that’s flowing from our stalls.

Best of T

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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.

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!

DJ Battles

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In the afternoons, things will be heating up when our DJs take to the stage at 12pm to do battle. The first rule of the Battle of the DJs is… actually, there are no rules, just two DJs representing their clubs in a no-holds barred battle to the (almost) death. Which DJs will mix, cut and scratch their way to glory? You’ll have to check out the Relentless Main Stage to find out. You’re bound to pick up some tunes for your next playlist too.

Karaoke

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And if all this music has inspired you, you can let your lungs loose with Campus Karaoke from 2pm; with prizes on offer for everyone who braves the stage. With meal vouchers on offer you’ll have the chance to sing for your supper!

See you at the front of the crowd! We’ll be the ones in the middle of the mosh pit.