A Q&A with Red Rum Club – a chance to quiz the debut album chart toppers at LJMU

Liverpool band Red Rum Club released their long awaited debut album, Matador, in January and it flew to the top of the iTunes alternative chart and prompted sold out hometown gigs at O2 Academy and Phase One.

Having just played a full UK tour, the band have landed back home on Merseyside and are coming into LJMU for a very special Q&A session next week.

The session, hosted by Student Opportunities‘ Lewis Ridley and university partners Liverpool Sound City, gives a unique chance for both students and staff to ask the band their success, and perhaps dig a little deeper into the workings of a band.

On the event, Lewis says: “It’s a brilliant opportunity for any students that are interested in music journalism, or the wider industry, to get some experience in an interview environment The chance to quiz a band of Red Rum Club‘s calibre doesn’t come along often, so we’re really looking forward to it.

“We’re really lucky at LJMU, having Sound City as a partner means we have direct access to one of the UK’s best music festivals and having one of their top acts coming along to the university is really exciting.”

The event takes place in Redmonds Building Lecture Theatre 1 at 2pm on Monday 1st April.

Guests are asked to email studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk to sign up, or message the team on social media.

A reminder that LJMU students can get the cheapest tickets available for Liverpool Sound City by following this link: https://www.bit.ly/LJMU2019 and using the discount code: LJMU2019.

Watch the video for Red Rum Club‘s track Would You Rather Be Lonely? below.


Yellow Breck Road at Liverpool’s Royal Court – Drama Society social

At LJMU Student Opportunities, we love to get societies involved with our offers and were delighted to have the university’s Drama Society head to see Yellow Breck Road at the Royal Court a few weeks back. Here’s Social Secretary Gemma Griffiths on the night…

UntitledLast month, the LJMU Student Opportunities team kindly provided the drama society with 10 tickets to see Yellow Breck Road, at the Liverpool Royal Court. Considering the function of our society, theatre trips are always met with enthusiasm and extremely appreciated – especially when they are free! Whether the play is considered a masterpiece or a flop, being keen theatre goers means it is always great to get the chance to experience a night at the theatre; potentially educating or influencing our minds along the way.

As the Social Secretary of the drama society, I was initially excited at the chance to get as many members as possible to join us on a social. It was great that everything was already booked for us so it was incredibly easy to organise, too. Marcy, a member of the team, was the one who approached me by email to discuss the opportunity. All I had to do was tell them the amount of people who were interested, and ensure all of the society members turned up with their student identification on the day. It was that easy!

The freebies didn’t stop there! In addition to providing us with theatre tickets (I must add, they were good seats), we had the chance to dine for free too. There were good menu options available which enabled all of the dietary requirements to be met. After a few of the members were unable to make the show, the staff very kindly allowed us to use their ticket money for desserts, which was especially nice!

Overall, I am very pleased with the experience that the Student Opportunities provided for us and Marcy was very friendly and easy to get into contact with. They reply quickly and are great at answering any queries. I would definitely recommend them for a social.

Gemma Griffiths – Drama Society Social Secretary

If you’d like to take your society to one of our events, email studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk. You can see all free and discounted LJMU events in your Exclusive Offers Booklet here.

Us Against Whatever – a poignant and proud performance

Last night LJMU students had the opportunity to watch the fantastic Us Against Whatever, a performance from the theatre company Middle Child that has called into The Everyman this month.

It tells the story of a city united with hope yet divided with fear, from a cabaret bar on Humberside.

A show that is told directly and honestly by a powerful narrator and supported by a cast that are both hilarious and heartbreaking, it explores what it is to be where you’re from, where you’ve been, and where you’re going.

Expect raw emotion, callous humour and Wembley celebration as Middle Child bring an electrifying show to Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre.

Us Against Whatever is in town until Wednesday April 3, and LJMU students can get discounted tickets by signing up to The Everyman and Playhouse‘s YEP Membership.

Wellbeing Week – Self-care Selfie

This week at LJMU we are focusing on looking after each others wellbeing! From putting a music day on at Byrom Street campus so students can relax, to some workshops led by fabulous organisations like the Comedy Trust. Make sure you take some time this week to stop and think about the ways in which you can look after your own wellbeing, especially in the run up to deadlines and exams.

So in the interest of wellbeing, your Student Opps Team will be out on campus all week asking you what you are doing to look after your wellbeing, and taking Self-care Selfies! Here are our Self-care Selfies and a bit about what we are doing to look after ourselves.

Kimberley – Student Opps Co-ordinator

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Focusing on myself and what makes me happy is something that really boosts my wellbeing. I think  people tend to compare their lives to others on social media and false advertisements, which can make them feel like poo. Looking at things in my own life that I’m grateful for makes me realise how lucky I am, and that best things like great family, friends and health – are all things money can’t buy.

Sharing experiences and making others happy is something I love and am lucky to do while organising events as part of my job being in the Student Opps Team. Our City Social events invite students to go and either watch a film, see a show, go to the gym or do a city tour for free. You can really see the change of mood when people have enjoyed themselves, especially after watching the Christmas Panto at the Royal Court (you can’t beat a good scouse comedy). It’s always good to have a good natter with someone and the team love to talk – especially me, so if you ever see us around campus or in a City Social, feel free to come have a chat.

Marcy – Student Opps Intern

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I usually look after my wellbeing by avoiding taking selfies, however, this one makes me happy because my little cousin made me this hat and told me ‘well done’, when I asked her what I’d done she said ‘existing’ and it was a very validating experience.

I think it can be easy to get bogged down with worrying about how you come across to people, worrying about the way what you do and say is perceived and generally feeling embarrassed for yourself (I can be dead embarrassing – just ask the team) but then I remind myself that I’m just trying to have a ball and it’s easier to just laugh at yourself and your cringe moments. One of the best things anyone can do for themselves is to reach out to the people that they care about, so my best advice is to remember that we’re all human and lean on those around you whenever you can – your mates are always more up for being there for you than you’d think. Also, get your cousins to make you unnecessary accessories, it really does help.

Lewis – Student Opps Intern

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It’s important to know that there are a number of ways that people look after their mental health. For me, they range from catching up with my mates watching the football to exercising in the gym or trying to do some half decent form of yoga. With the latter, sometimes self-care is some time away from whatever has been on your mind and spending some time on your own. If you know what works for you, and it’s a healthy method of self-care, then go for it.


Allie Davies – Student Opps Officer

And our Student Opps Officer Allie has made a video telling you what she does to maintain her wellbeing!

Make sure you find us on campus this week and take a self-care selfie!

For more information on Wellbeing Week and where the team will be, click here or check out our social media pages @LJMUStudentOpps .

Student Opportunities Music Day returns for Wellbeing Week – Monday 11th March

Following a successful first event in December, the Student Opportunities Music Day returns with live performances from LJMU students and a very special guest from university partner Liverpool Sound City.

The social area and cafe of James Parsons Building will again transform into a vibrant live music venue between 11am and 2pm on Monday 11th March.

We’re delighted to be joined by singer-songwriter Matthew Read who is about to release his new single and is pushing for a chart place on iTunes. He sings delicately and his original material is a real success story of hard work and determination – we’re glad to have the LJMU alumni tag on him!

“The musicians were fantastic. Not only did the day give me the opportunity to experience something different on campus but it also brought staff and students together to watch the performances.” – a student reflecting on our last Music Day

Also playing is dance DJ Nathan Lord, a former student at LJMU, he’s currently honing his craft up the road at UoL and has played at a number of student bars across Liverpool.

We’re also delighted to be joined by folk outfit Mamatung.  They’ll bring a sprinkling of Scouse ceremony with a journey to the centre of the heart. “Mamatung are like something you’d stumble upon in an empty field. Like witches singing sweet songs of earth and the wild.”

The event is part of the university’s Wellbeing Week, with events on across campus throughout next week from mental health awareness events to health-checks from Lifestyles Fitness.

You can keep up with the event as we get closer to next Monday on our Facebook page.

  • Student Opportunities Music Day in association with Sound City – James Parsons Building – Monday 11th March, 11am – 2pm.

Don’t forget to check out all the other Student Opportunities events during next week also:

THEATRE: Brick Up 2 at Liverpool’s Royal Court – Mon 11th March, 7pm
THEATRE: The Girl on The Train Liverpool at The Playhouse – Tues 12th March, 6.30pm
FILM: Stan and Ollie at  – Wed 13th March, 6.30pm

For more information on all these events, please email studentopportunities@ljmu.ac.uk

Remember, LJMU students can get discounted tickets to Sound City by following this link and using the code LJMU2019.

You can also listen to our Sound City playlist here.