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Freshers Festival’s Top 5 moments to look forward to at YMS19 LDN.

There are less than 2 weeks to go until the world’s largest youth marketing festival returns to The Old Truman Brewery! This April, the Freshers Festival team will be exhibiting in Zone T5 at stand 96. In honour of our stand position in T5 we bring you our Top 5 moments to look forward to at YMS19 LDN.

  1. Voxburner’s Youth Trends Report 2019

Voxburner will be launching their biggest annual research piece, the Youth Trends Report which is a 40-page guide to the emerging trends that are impacting the lives of young people today. It features the results of their survey which asked 1500 16-24 year olds from the UK a number of questions, plus the insights of a selection of expert and youth contributors from the Voxburner community.

Some of the questions you can expect to be answered are:

  • What are the top 10 brands 16-24s are most passionate about in 2019?
  • How can marketers inspire young people to become brand advocates?
  • Are Generation Z really more sensible than previous generations?

Every attendee will receive a complimentary copy of the Youth Trends Report on arrival at YMS, so make sure you register today!

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  1. Popping Your ‘Festival Cherry’ – Festivals Through the Eyes of Gen Z

YMS19 LDN promises to be the place where attendees can discover the latest trends, youth perspectives and brand case studies. Their agenda is jam-packed with inspiring speakers and experts. One particular talk that we are looking forward to is by Ricky Oscroft from Global – The Media and Entertainment Group where he discusses how brands can use the festival space to have a dialogue with Gen Z about what they chose to feature on their social feed and in their conversations; what essentially – matters.

Nearly 50% of 16-24 year olds have attended a live music event in the last 12 months – many engaging with brands across festival sites and venues. Brands, led by Marketing Directors with an average age of 42. Ricky asks, in an age where Generation Z is significantly different now than any other youth tribe before them, do we really know what’s going on in the heads of today’s young people?

If this floats your boat, catch Ricky on stage at YMS19 LDN on Tuesday 16th April from 4:15pm.

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  1. How to Attract, Engage and Retain Students with Marketing Automation

We have a passion for all things related to Higher Education here at the Freshers Festival Group and not just because we host the UK’s largest student events. We have also been working closely with the Expede Group to launch YADA Campus, a self-service management and social collaboration platform that is designed to engage students, empower teachers and assist universities.

When we saw that Ireneusz Klimczak from GetResponse will be discussing how adding marketing automation to the mix can help Universities meet their marketing department’s goals we knew that we had to add it to the diary.

Catch Ireneusz on Tuesday 16th from 12.40pm at The Higher Education Marketing Stream hosted by SMRS.

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  1. YMS Networking Drinks

We love a good party and opportunity to let our hair down – luckily YMS19 LDN are on hand to help! There will be a networking event hosted at the fabulous Juju’s Bar & Stage opposite the Truman Brewery on Tuesday 16th from 6-8pm. This will allow the delegates to mingle and chat about what they are looking forward to most on the next day’s agenda.

If you are looking for an afterparty on the 17th, Juju’s will be hosting their Brazilian Nights with cocktail deals, live music, dancing and more!

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  1. Edible Bubbles at the Freshers Festival Stand

Join us for fun, games at competitions at our stand in Zone T5! We will be revealing our Secret Garden Tour that will be taking us across the UK this September and demonstrating our vending machines that will be appearing in Campuses from London to Glasgow.

We will also be fully equipped with our edible bubble guns, so POP by to stand 96 for a little bit of fun!

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If you are attending YMS19 LDN and would like to book a meeting with us to find out more, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Graeme Barratt at [email protected]. You can also find out more about the Freshers Festival at

Freshers’ Festival

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!
For FREE VIP tickets visit
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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!

To keep up to date with exhibitors, prizes and giveaways follow us on Twitter.

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Freshers’ Fringe Events 2016

The Freshers’ Fringe welcomes folks from across the country to revel in the first multi-venue, multi-arts festival catered solely for students in Scotland. If you’re partial to free activities and events, you’re keen to learn a new craft or you’re simply psyched for massive student parties, then the Freshers’ Fringe is for you, and the Freshers’ Festival is just ONE of the fantastic and diverse events this year.
From boat party tickets and employment seminars to coffee roasting master classes, the Freshers’ Fringe has plucked the finest connoisseurs from the city of Glasgow and created unique and memorable events to mark this new chapter of student life in style.
Here are just some of the biggest names and events to look forward to this month!
Look out for Iolla’s bike around the
city during September. Make sure to
visit them for info and offers at the
Freshers’ Festival.
BIG FRESHERS QUIZ: £100 prize to be won – £50 cash
and £50 bar tab at the Garage Nightlclub. 85p drinks
and FREE Garage passes.
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Student Discount:
Mon-Thurs from 11am-2pm.
Student Night: every Tuesday Night from 6pm-9pm.
25% off with Young Scot card.
Join Scotty T as he launches
new club night “Lovely Tuesdays” in Malones Glasgow.
Meet and party with the Geordie Shore and Celeb BB
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Get ready for Garage’s Bare Your Colours UV party and keep your eyes peeled for drinks promos and bangin’ tunes.
Behind the Scenes with Head of
Engineering, Eileen Russell. Find out about
the 120 year old Subway system and what a career
in engineering can offer. Only 12 tickets available.
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ERASMUS night for International
students – Welcome To Glasgow
Party, 99p Drinks and £1.50
Win up to £100 cash if your team
win with the Smartphone Quiz!
Free Entry all night & free snacks
for each team.
Brewdog’s introductory beer school
including their 5 top selling BrewDog
beers and all you’ve ever wanted to
know about hops, malts and their famous pet stoat!
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Brand New Garage
Thursdays – Element! Launching our Brand New Indie
Room in the Jack Daniels Attic.
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MySpace party: with facepainting
anda chance to win old school
band merch. Themed night and
dress up encouraged!
Kooky Presents Project
Jungle – with live drummers,
facepainting & animal mask giveaway. Discounts with
No Way Card. Free entry in animal dress up.
Learn the history of coffee and the
art of roasting and tasting coffee. All
attendees will take home a bag of
coffee freshly roasted. Only 15 tickets available.
Saint Luke’s & the Winged Ox Freshers
Party featuring live music with Black
Snake Roots & more. Food & drink
promos plus Saint Luke’s Resident DJ’s.
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Kit yourself out for the
Harry Potter Party with themed Harry Potter house
drinks, £2 guestlist and giveaways all night long!
Join Glasgow’s
favourite Mexican restaurant to celebrate Mexican
independence day! Includes music, face painting,
prizes and competitions!
The infamous Insane Championship Wrestling
presents ‘University Challenge’ at the QMU, with
Scumbag College vs Insane University! It’ll make you
laugh, flinch, and cheer for the ICW world!
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Bloc’s own mini orchestra
Blochestra, play a special live show covering the likes
of Animal Collective, Nick Cave, Goldfrapp, Talking
Heads and many more.
When life gives you lemons, get
Juicy. Party time has just begun
for freshers celebrations. £5 Juicy Buckets with your
Juicy Card! 9pm-4am. Entry: £6/£4
What is the ONE thing that makes
change happen? – how you think. Achieve success
by harnessing the power of your thoughts. Speaker:
Linda McBride, Daily Wake Up.
See the Counting House at
Freshers’ Festival and grab a goody bag and wristband
to attend the Counting House Chaos event with
brewers, brands and freebies!
Sonnet Youth Slam Special: A spoken word house
party. 2-4-1 Pizza Menu,15% Student Discount and
Craft beer. Featuring special headline from author
Agnes Török.
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Pop Punk Pizza Party. Free pizza
for all and pop punk tunes! With
chance to win skateboards/BMX.
Buff Club boat party.
Departing from Riverside museum with a reliable ship,
a kicking soundsystem, a full stocked bar and the Buff
Club Residents.
Earth, Wind & Freshers
at Stereo. Line up:
Acrylic, SAHARA, Glass
Caves, Pleasure House and The Lafontaines DJ Set.
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Sugar Cube and Viva
International Parties host Glasgow Biggest Freshers
Neon Party with FREE Neon facepaint, glowsticks and
bands for under our cave of neon lighting!
Join us for our first
annual Freshers Ceilidh for a good old hootenanny to
welcome all students new and old back to Glasgow!
Free entry
Calling all sci-fi fans, gamers, comic
collectors and movie buffs! Join the
celebration of modern pop culture
at the SECC with cosplay, special guests and more
Drygate Presents:
DJ Food with a full Audio Visual show featuring
Rebecca Vasmant and Mr Tuner. Super Early
Birds at £5. Standard student tickets £8.
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Comic Con / Superhero Night
in collab with SECC. Dress
up and win comics, toys and
The Enemy Official after
party and DJ set with free entry all night and drinks
promos with spirit mixers from £2.50
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Mad Chef’s Freshers
Feast Competition: Win a
3-course dinner and a private party in Bloc’s VIP area
for you and friends!
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Barburrito Man vs
Food Challenge. Entry fee: £10. Winner will receive a
month’s supply of burritos. Includes awesome burrito
promos for spectators.
Offering a free post show
talk for Trainspotting for 27th September when you
buy a discounted student ticket at £9.50 plus 10%
discount at bar.
Hollywood Bowl
Jump down to Pink Pin Fridays
with 2 games for £7.50 Monday
to Thursday from the UK’s best
ten pin bowling experience
Situated above Missoula,
Popworld is an exciting new retro venue launching
CandyPop Thursday and playing the best cheesy pop
from the 90’s, 00’s and now.
Get down to
Resurrection: A Stone Roses Tribute live for an
incredible night of music, good times and tasty drink
Celebrating their 6-month anniversary Anytime
Fitness will be hosting taster classes and nutrition
seminars with a range of nutritional food.
Grab your forks and get
ready for Glasgow’s newest Bombay Street Cafe
opening in St Vincent Street soon. Delicious nosh as
well as special student deals!
For more info & updates on Freshers’ Fringe events, keep an eye on Facebook & Twitter.
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Win Tickets to Resonate – Total Gaming


Scotland’s newest and largest gaming festival, Resonate – Total Gaming, is set to power its way into Glasgow for the first time this summer.

From 29–31 July 2016, the highly anticipated festival of eSports and gaming will take over the SECC offering an exciting range of programming to satisfy folks of all ages. To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with Resonate to offer students and freshers alike the chance to win one of 5 pairs of tickets!

You could be in for a chance to explore gaming paradise in this exhilarating high-tempo environment, and get your hands on new, retro and indie games while competing alongside other gamers on Scotland’s biggest gaming stage! You’ll also meet your favourite YouTube & broadcast champions! What’s NOT to love?

Simply LIKE and RE-TWEET for a chance to WIN! Deadline Wednesday 27th July 2016.

Competitive guests can also enter the Resonate Compete Tournaments where teams will battle each other over the festival weekend to win prizes and become the ultimate Resonate gaming champion!

From the casual player to the diehard gamer, Resonate has something for everyone.

To keep up with the Resonate gaming chat, head over to their website or drop them a line on Twitter.

Terms & Conditions

This competition is open to all adults over the age of 18. All entries must include the name and contact details of the entrant. Entries will not be considered if they do not have all information specified. Winners will be chosen at random, this decision is final. Prize is one pair of tickets to Resonate Total Gaming at the SECC, Glasgow. Prize is only valid for one day. This prize has no cash alternative, is non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Travel is not included. Resonate Total Gaming reserves the right to refuse entry without explanation. Deadline Wednesday 27th July 2016.

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Yada: The official app for Freshers’ Festival 2016

This year’s Freshers’ Festival is set to be the biggest and best event of our student calendar! With exhibitors from all across Scotland showcasing the crème de la crème of the country’s club and music scenes, eateries, accommodation, entertainment, and employment and volunteering prospects, this vibrant and bustling event is bound to have you filling your pockets with goodies and your minds with unforgettable memories!

As well as scouring the country for top-notch exhibitors to provide freebies and prizes, we’ve searched high and low for the greatest possible ways for you to record your time at this brilliant event. Since most of us are fans of sharing our memories and experiences with friends and family through social media channels or chat services, we have teamed up with the lovely folks at the yada app, to help you make the best of your Freshers’ Festival experience.

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The yada app allows you to create and curate photos, videos, and comments that can be viewed by other people attending the festival, so that you can swap and share media and memories, and interact with potential new pals. As well as giving you access to these memory nuggets any time before, during and after the event, you can interact with exhibitors and other students and have the chance to win prizes and grab giveaways simply by posting your event highlights and media through the app.

To make sure you’re psyched and ready on the day to get your teeth into the Freshers’ Festival celebrations (and free pizza, of course) all you need to do is download the yada app, which is completely free and available to download through all Apple and Android devices. Just head to the Apple Store or Google Play Store and search for ‘yada events’ and then you can sign up either by using your Facebook details or email address. Increase your chances of winning goodies and awesome prizes by getting your friends to sign up too, and combine your content to create a reel of fond memories and hilarious selfies.

Once you’ve signed up, you can find the event you’re looking for by clicking on the ‘What’s Happening’ section and searching for ‘Freshers’ Festival’. Once you’ve found the event, click on the attending tab and say yes! You can then get busy uploading photos and videos and commenting on the content of other fellow festivalgoers.

Don’t forget to invite your friends to join the yada app and rejoice in the biggest and freshest student party of the year. To keep up with the latest news and to find out more about the yada app, take a peek at their Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


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WIN Tickets to Paradise Island Golf

You’re deep in the jungle. You’re surrounded by green trees and ancient architecture. The hot sun and tense atmosphere makes your brow sweat. You hear a wild animal screech in the distance. You aren’t scared because you’re the Tiger Woods of this safari. This is your chance. You swing your club hitting the ball up the hill, through the maze, and round the corner. Ping! POW! Pop! You got the hole in one.

Welcome to Paradise Island adventure golf, transporting you to the heart of the jungle at Soar intu Braehead in Glasgow. Who knew it was so close by? The Island has two 18 hole courses, stretching to over 20,000 square feet and welcomes students into its tropical atmosphere from early ’til late.



Ready to take a swing? The generous people from the tribe of Paradise Island have two lots of FOUR tickets for you and your pals to win! Don’t forget to head along at see the guys at Frehsers’ Festival too, where they’ll be on par with more freebies, discounts, and golf puns.


Follow @FreshersFest and @Playadventuregolf over on Twitter and simply RT the tweet below. The lucky winners will be announced on the 22nd of September so take your best shot at this opportunity and get clicking!


Terms and conditions: UK residents only.. Only one entry per applicant permitted. No purchase necessary. The competition runs until midnight 21st September. Entries received after the closing date cannot be considered, winners will be notified via Twitter on 22nd September. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes. Entry into the competition is acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

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99 Reasons to Get to Freshers’ Festival

  1. ALL the freebies and giveaways – we’ve got gadgets and gizmos a plenty! As well as clothes, iPads, Apple TVs, tote bags and hoodies.
  2. BlogFest. You’ll get the chance to meet your favourite Scottish bloggers! It might even inspire you to put pen to paper, or fingers to keypad.
  3. The Relentless Main Stage should be reason enough to come along and see DJs from clubs across Scotland (and grab a few handfuls of free Relentless cans).
  4. AXM will be giving out goodies and promoting Scotland’s gay club scene!
  5. Love cocktails? Love lunch? Bread & Butter are sampling cocktails, giveaways and a chance to enter their lunch raffle! Tingle will be giving out free nacho vouchers!
  6. If you’re a fan of Glasgow’s Rock and Metal scene then the pioneering Cathouse will be gracing the floors of the SECC with bangin’ tunes and discounts.
  7. The Garage will also be exhibiting, bringing to the SECC Glasgow’s most iconic club.
  8. Students love a wee movie night; thankfully Cineworld will be catering to all your blockbuster needs.
  9. AND Odeon will be there to support the movie mayhem. Film buffs – don’t say we’re not good to you!
  10. City Parking will be along to help you get parked at the biggest student event of the year! And don’t worry, no fines.
  11. Providing the best monthly Dance music for Scottish clubbers, Colours will be promoting fantastic events and getting us pumped up for freshers’ nightlife.
  12. Fleeing the nest can be daunting, that’s why CRM Students will be at the festival to help you find a cosy wee flat in your city.
  13. We’ve got all of Scotland’s best clubs up our sleeves, including Distrikt, in the heart of Merchant City.
  14. Dragon Soop will be coming along with some tasty caffeine-fueled beverages to keep your batteries charged!
  15. If you’re looking for affordable drinks and nosh during a night out then Driftwood Bar are sure to sort you out. 85p vodka mix, anyone?
  16. Indie rock heroes Firewater are gonna be giving out tote bags, t-shirts, keyrings and a mystery prize a giveaway! Totes amazing.
  17. For safe food and healthy eating Food Standards Scotland will be bringing their knowledge to the table (literally).
  18. Looking for some funky art to annoy the ‘rents this freshers’? Visit the awesome Forevermore Tattoo folk to get the tat of your dreams!
  19. With delicious cocktails and yummy gastro menu, Merchant City’s G-Town will be visiting freshers’ fest with some freebies and offers.
  20. Paint the Town will be bringing a splash of colour, with amazing offers at destinations throughout Scotland and the chance to win A CAR!
  21. Do you love cosplay? Are you a comic book worm? Then look no further! Geek Retreat will be bringing all things geeky and wonderful to the festival.
  22. Pull up and see Glasgow Taxis who’ll be exhibiting and find out what they have on offer for your year as a fresher!
  23. Happy Bus will have all the information on transport to your favourite festivals.
  24. If you’re looking for offers and opportunities then have a chat with Home Fundraising.
  25. Freshers’ Fest is all about free food, drink and good times! Delicious food will be served up from Pinto Mexican Kitchen.
  26. Swedish furnishing kings IKEA will be coming armed with a £50 and £100 gift voucher to giveaway!
  27. Infertility Scotland will be exhibiting and offering information and advice for students. They’ll be giving away awesome prizes such as a day pass to M&Ds, beer goggles and a paintball competition!
  28. Intu Braehead will have exclusive offers and giveaways, covering urban retailers, bars, activities and leisure facilities.
  29. If you’re a fan of paintballing then you’ll be pleased to see IPG Paintball giving away a whooping 90% student discount online as well as amazing competition prizes.
  30. Known for its great prices and ideal locations JD Wetherspoon is the perfect hang out for students anywhere in Scotland, come to the festival for a chat!
  31. As well as free food, we’ll have delicious drinks from a range of exhibitors including Keglevich, who’ll have offers for all vodka loving freshers!
  32. We have an array of Scotland’s best clubs including the popular Kokomo and Bamboo. Check out their stalls to see what they’re giving away!music
  1. Light Glasgow will also be encouraging the boogie in you with a flash mob, giveaways and 500 booth packages!
  2. Health-conscious fresher? Little Big Shot will be providing delicious drinks so swing by their stall to check out the activities!
  3. Jobs and opportunities are a huge part of what the festival offers students. Nationwide Building Society will be at the event with some exciting careers options.animated
  1. If you’re looking for a uni to study at or thinking about pursuing a post grad, come and speak to the Open University Students Association to find out more about what they do.
  2. With a massive mystery prize and 2 4 1 giveaways, Paradise Island Adventure Golf are sure to get you in the party mood this freshers’.
  3. If you’ve finished an internship or placement get along to the Rate My Placement stall and find out what they have to offer.
  4. Freshers’ Festival showcases the best bars, clubs and restaurants including the exotic Reina Restaurant and Club.
  5. Revolution Bar’s popularity among students is common knowledge, make sure to visit them and find out about offers and discounts!
  6. Richmond Fellowship will have some great opportunities and offers for students, so if you’re keen on getting work experience give them a shout.
  7. Students looking to the future will be pleased to know that they can have a chat with Royal Naval Reserve about what they can get involved with at uni and after their studies.
  8. Sanctuary club will be exhibiting and promoting their already hugely successful club nights and offers.
  9. As well as job and careers advice, Freshers’ Fest caters to all student opportunities. tThe Scottish Women’s Convention will be there for aspiring politicians and activists.
  10. Scottish Youth Parliament will be talking to students about getting involved and will be giving away pens, wristbands and highlighters.
  11. Got that entrepreneurial spark? SIE will be along for tips and advice for the ambitious among us!
  12. The SmartLoyal app will also be up for grabs!
  13. Have you seen the awesome Freshers’ Fest posters on Glasgow Subway? SPT will be at the event so come along for some banter!
  14. Yummy offers from Steak & Cherry will also be available for meat lovers!
  15. We’ll have the best of Scotland’s food scene with Wagamama and Mr Singh’s! fashionanimated
  1. You goin’ out out? Visit Sugarcube.
  2. Tiger is known throughout Europe for its affordable prices and great quality products for the home! Get your flat looking snazzy.
  3. T J Hughes will be amoung the retail madness at the event and will help you get kitted out for the year ahead!
  4. University Officer Training Corps will be offering career advice and opportunities for students.
  5. Smokey Joe? You can kick the habit with help from Vaporized who’ll be giving out free liquid testers, freebies and a prize giveaway.
  6. Victoria Hall will introduce you to freshers’ life in halls with the perks of their accommodation!
  7. Get some awesome merchandise from Webhelp and have a chat about future opportunities.
  8. Westerwood Dental will be giving out FREE teeth whitening kits worth £300 to students who sign up!
  9. Where2 will help party animals find the best clubs to go to in Scotland, visit them to find out more.
  10. To combat Scotland’s sometimes-questionable drinking culture, Whose Round will be around to talk about what they do and how you can get involved. They’ll also have goodie bags and prize giveaways!
  11. If you love a cheeky sake and California roll get some samples at Yo! Sushi.
  12. If you fancy teaching abroad after university, TEFL offers opportunities and courses for aspiring students so come along for a chat!
  13. Coo-eee! Don’t forget Scotcampus are there too! Come say hello to stock up on all the magazines you can carry, or even ask us about our internships. Don’t worry – tea making skills are non essential.
  14. Euro Hostel will be giving away a meal for two plus bottle of wine and they’ll be contributing a big prize giveaway on the day!
  15. Scottish Youth Hostel Association will talk about awesome hostel rooms at great prices for students who want to travel!
  16. Ministry of Defense Police Recruitment will be looking for students who are interested in joining their team after their studies.
  17. If you’re looking for some non-booze related activities at uni then Hollywood Bowl can hook you up!
  18. NYCOS Choir will available to talk to for all musical students looking for an outlet outside of studying.
  19. Within our eclectic mix of activities Girlguide and Scouting UK will be at the event and you can find out how to get involved.
  20. If you love exposing your pale Scottish skin to the sun then come and see Barrhead Travel who have all sorts of offers for holidays and city breaks.
  21. There’ll be a GO-KART at freshers’ fest! The Experience offer go-karting fun times for students at great prices.
  22. Ill Fortune Clothing, Cake Clothing and Superdry will have you looking suave for your year ahead! Hoodies and t-shirts galore.
  23. Love Karaoke? Partial to the odd bevvy? Watch out for Campus karaoke on the main stage!
  24. Elior will be recruiting stadium staff for football games, so if you’re sporty and stuck for cash get yourself to the festival!
  25. CHATZOOME is an all new app. The team will be kindly giving away an iPad mini for a competition prize! Yada App and Smartloyal will also be at the festival with offers and giveaways – get downloadin’ folks!
  26. Looking for a summer abroad? Americamp will help you achieve your own wet hot American summer!
  27. Glasgow’s famous Buff Club and Butterfly and the Pig will be at the event giving out boat party tickets with their social media competition! Ahoy!
  28. We’ll have tons of delicious nosh from Mr Singh’s to keep your belly happy.
  29. Xercise 4 Less is the cheapest and best gym to help you stay in shape! They’ll be giving out protein tasters and FREE memberships! The Gym Group will also be there for all you fitness conscious freshers!
  30. As the best brewery in Scotland, Drygate will be giving out beer samples tickets for a brewery tour and tasting for you and friends! Stay tuned on our @FreshersFest Twitter acount.
  31. Complete with mascot, Partick Thistle will be there for some banter!
  32. To keep you Zen amid the freshers’ madness Youth Mindfulness will be along with info on courses and training.
  33. We’ll have an amazing all new entrepreneur showcase at the festival for the ambitious and creative!
  34. You’ll get tipsy for free! Lambrini, anyone?
  35. Your belly will be FULL of Papa John’s, free all day!

  36. We’re running an awesome Comic Con Competition! Winners get 2 tickets to the Glasgow event a meet and greet with a star of their choice as well as front row seats! Enter here.
  37. Abandon Ship will have their very own festival within the festival! Get over there to scout their clothing line, live art, model scouting and much, MUCH more!
  38. There’ll be performances ALL DAY to keep you entertained and excited for the year ahead!
  39. Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband will be giving away an APPLE TV to one lucky fresher!
  40. If you’re an ice cream and coffee lover, Crollas and Gordon St Coffee will have tastings and samples!
  41. Your travel to and from the festival will be completely FREE. Our free bus service will be running across Glasgow from various campuses.
  42. You can grab FREE VIP tickets on our website for you and your friends!
  43. Soak up the chilled out vibes and energised atmosphere at this two-day party!
  44. The festival is a great way to break out of your shell and become accustomed with what Scotland has to offer student life.
  45. Gamers will be pleased that Game Pro Quo will be making an appearance!
  46. The SECC arena will blow you away with its mammoth coolness. It’s like, really cool. Like too cool for school.
  47. House of Fraser are giving you a chance to win a £100 voucher! They’ll also be bringing their beauty partner Benefit for make up tutorials.
  48. There’ll be model scouting and illustrator drop offs at Abandon Ship!
  49. Got 99 problems? Going to Freshers’ Festival aint one.
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Showcase Your Start Up At Freshers’ Fest

Do you consider yourself a student with ambition? Are you motivated, skilled and creative? Then put that business passion to good use and get entering our competition designed specifically for Scotland’s most talented start ups! We’ve got the den – but don’t worry, no dragons.

In the run up to #FF15 we’ll be asking you to get in touch with a short video or one-pager on why your start up rocks. Judged by a panel of business experts, a selection of the very best entries received will then be awarded with their very own promotional pod to set up camp at Freshers’ Festival, giving you and your company the opportunity to meet business and support networks, explore the market and promote your ideas. We’ll be keen to support your business proposals as aspirational young entrepreneurs.

Take undergraduate Ola Clark for example. Currently studying her Honours in International Business and Enterprise at the University of Strathclyde, Ola has managed to set her up own company, Monomise Ltd, win Global Start Up Summit and be jetted off to San Francisco to Silicon Valley, design a marketing campaign for Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network, complete a six month study in Australia AND she’s a trainee RAF Jet Pilot! Phew, we’re knackered just thinking about it.


So if you consider yourself equally as passionate and determined then we want to hear from you! If you’re selected to attend this year’s festival, you’ll have the invaluable chance to open the doors to countless new opportunities:

  • Receive your own Promotional Pod at Freshers’ Festival 2015 to showcase your company.
  • Have access to over 8,000 students from 23rd-24th September at Glasgow’s SECC.
  • Make new connections with Scotland’s business experts, support networks and beyond.
  • Get the chance to showcase your passion and vision for your start-up.
  • Not to mention – bag loads of free food, drinks and beyond as part of the festival giveaways!


Open to all Scottish start-up entrepreneurs under the age of 30, for your chance to showcase your business to thousands, send us a either a one minute video or one-page document of no more than 100 words, telling us about your business and why YOU deserve to showcase it at Scotland’s biggest student event. Final deadline for entries is Monday, 31st August.

Send all entries to: [email protected]


Good luck – see you at the top (promise you’ll give us a job?)!

Terms and conditions: Only one entry per applicant permitted. No purchase necessary. Open to all Scottish start-ups. The competition runs until midnight on the 30th August. Entries received after the closing date cannot be considered. Winners will be notified via email. Winner will be offered one promotional pod at Scotcampus’ Freshers’ Festival on 23rd-24th September. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes. Entry into the competition is acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

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10 Reasons to get to Freshers’ Festival

By Mina Green

As the most anticipated sudent event of the year, Freshers’ Festival boasts live music, dancers, DJs, freebies and competitions. Not to mention thousands of merry students and freshers alike, mingling in their own euphoria with a belly full of Papa Johns.  Taking place at Glasgow’s famous SECC on 23rd-24th September 11am-5pm this festival encompasses the perks of studying in Scotland. If you’re looking for a two-day craze packed with awesome people, good vibes and giveaways from your favourite restaurants and clubs, then this is the event for you. Actually, the question should be: who is the event NOT for? (it’s no-one, btw).

Meeting other students

Freshers’ Festival is open to all students, and 8,000 of them graced the SECC last year with their joyous presence and made the event a highlight of the academic year. Students from all over Scotland attend, so it’s a great way of meeting new people from different universities and cities and expanding your friendship group beyond the carpeted comfort of halls. Sometimes socialising can be daunting, especially if you’re moving to a city for the first time. Freshers’ Fest is a hub for good banter and great laughs and new friends.


Freebies and discounts

Exhibitors ranging from restaurants to nightclubs to retailers man their stalls with warm hearts, big smiles and of course lots of free stuff. It could be samples, tasters, free t-shirts or jelly shots. Massive discounts will also be available, making your year fun and your bank balance proud. Browse the stalls to your heart’s content and take advantage of the freebies, while getting to know new businesses in your city.

Competition prizes

Last year’s competition prizes included the actual Inbetweeners car, a Macbook, holidays and a Lambrini all-night pamper package. The best way to ensure you have a chance at winning any of the fantastic prizes is to get yourself along to the event! Who knows, you could be the lucky winner of one of our mystery prizes!


Food and drink

It’s often impossible to be fed, watered and entertained in a city if your pockets are empty and you used your last fiver on a 12 pack of Budweiser. But at Freshers’ Fest you needn’t worry. Some of the exhibitors include Pintos Mexican Kitchen, Bread and Butter, Yo Sushi and Steak and Cherry.  On top of that. this year Papa Johns will be giving out free pizza ALL DAY, so embrace your freshers’ 13 and get intimate with your favourite grub.


Music and Entertainment 

Mains stage acts will include DJs blasting your favourite tunes while you stuff your face with pizza and swing your hips dramatically. With thousands of new friends, a constant stream of freebies and the best of Scotland’s music scene you’d be bonkers not to attend. I mean what’s better than a mean sound system to compliment your mean posse? As well as music, we’ll be bringing you all kinds of attractions to get you super psyched for your new life in the big city! With fashion shows, dancers, rap battles, cheerleaders and even yoga taking to the stage in previous years, you can be guaranteed we’ve our sleeves full of surprises for 2015. And the best part? It’s all FREE!



Whether you’re just about to embark into the big bad world on the scary job hunt, or are just wanting to think about the future (even if it feels like light years away), Freshers’ Festival will be showcasing some of Scotland’s best employers. This gives you the chance to ask for some careers advice and get tips on how to crack your chosen industry. Who knows, you might discover a career route you’d never even have thought about before? Note: we don’t have any lion tamers coming, so please don’t be disappointed.

Clothes and Merchandise

Sassy tote bags, key rings, starter kits, hoodies and more. Those moving to Scotland to study for the first time may have underestimated the weather’s capabilities, but fear not! With handfuls of cosy cotton delights advertising your favourite clubs you’re sure to survive the winter.



As well as being a free event with all kinds of expense-free goodies, travel to and from the festival will also cost you nothing.  Shuttle buses will be taking you to and from the SECC to make your day even more hassle-free, especially for new students who aren’t familiar with the location.

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VIP tickets

These are FREE and guaranteed to take your festival experience to a whole new level of awesome – with all area access, free food and drink samples, access to the ‘watering hole’ and a plus one, so you could even take your new date. Grab them online before it’s too late!



Elated, well-fed and little bit tipsy, you’ll be soaking up the chill vibes and sweet energies of your peers at this shimmering shindig. After all, Freshers’ Festival is a two-day party overflowing with good people and rosy cheeks. Could you ask for more?