Deadlines done? Here’s how to celebrate!

You’ve worked your socks off all year, and most of you are now FINALLY coming to the end of your exams and assessments – congratulations! Whilst catching yourselves up on sleep and re-making contact with the outside world is the first port of call, the second question has got to be… how on earth are you going to celebrate?! We have come up with a few ideas for you, all of which are free, cheap or have student discount options, so check them out & get planning… you deserve it!

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Sound City
Date: Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th May
Location: Baltic Triangle
Price: £40 LJMU ticket
Sound City is back for another year this weekend, but with a big change in venue and a lot more up-and-coming acts, 2018 looks set to be a game changer. Now located in the Baltic Triangle, the festival will see the likes of the DMAs, Peace and Superorganism take to the stage in a line-up full to the brim of emerging talent. LJMU students are entitled to £40 tickets for the two days, and with the sun looking likely to shine and all your favourite Baltic bars and restaurants joining in the event, it will be the perfect way to celebrate the end of exams!

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Carmina Burana
Date: Saturday 12th May
Location: Liverpool Philharmonic
Price: FREE
Next Saturday, the Liverpool Philharmonic Choir will present a fantastic evening of Brahms, Pärt and Orff in a night set to ‘raise the roof’. According to the Liverpool Phil webpage, the ‘medieval priests who wrote the words to Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana certainly knew how to party’; expect catchy tunes, big sounds and a night of classical naughtiness. All for free!

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Light Night
Date: Friday 18th May
Location: All around Liverpool
Price: FREE
Liverpool’s incredible open night of culture, art and music is back for another year AND WE COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. The event sees all of Liverpool’s incredible cultural institutions open their doors for one night to welcome in art installations, dance and movement pieces, choirs, and at most of them, get you to participate! We’ll be publishing a blog nearer the time with some of our best bits to look out for, but for now we would recommend looking into the performance of The Polar Bear Waltz in the John Lennon Building, the LightNight Ceilidh Fundraiser in St. George’s Hall (£3 charge for adults) and the celebration of Brazilian carnival culture at Liverpool Central Library.

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City Social: Egon Schiele Opening Event
Date: Wednesday 23rd April
Location: Tate Liverpool
Price: FREE
One of our upcoming City Socials is an exclusive trip to attend the evening launch of Tate Liverpool’s new Egon Schiele exhibition; Life in Motion: Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman. The Tate website writes that ‘both artists are known for their intimate and unapologetic portraits, which look beneath the surface to capture their subjects’ emotions’. Places for this event are limited so if you want to come along and get a first look at the works before anyone else, email studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk. We will have more info on timings in the next couple of weeks!

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Baltic Weekender
Date: Friday 1st June to Sunday 3rd June
Location: Baltic Triangle Venues
Price: £10 to £40
Baltic Weekender has been set up by the guys behind Abandon Silence and 24 Kitchen Street, and with an amazing line up over what the event creators call the ‘ever sunny final weekend of the academic year’, it’s easy to see that this is the perfect end to a great year at uni. Tickets have unfortunately gone up since the first release and are now available online from £10 for the Sunday session to £40 for the Friday and Saturday nights, but if you like your music and getting your Stan Smiths dirty then this could be the celebration bash for you.

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Africa Oye
Date: Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June
Location: Sefton Park
Price: FREE
If you haven’t attended Africa Oye yet, you need to! Boasting the title of ‘the UK’s largest free celebration of African music’, the festival takes over the gorgeous, grassy Sefton Park with food, music and pure celebration. It always seems to be sunny over this brilliant weekend, and we can assure you that you’ll leave smiling from ear to ear.

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