Student Nights in York

Talking to Simaran Patel, president of Breakz DJ society, it is clear that even though York’s nightlife is in a deep rut, the passion for good events is stronger than ever. There are a host of students committed to bringing some of the best underground and genre specific student nights to York which are more varied and inclusive than those of Kuda and Salvos. With a lack of venues in town, it’s time to be an advocate for the university’s own bars and event spaces. On the 14th February, Breakz DJ society is hosting ‘Heart Breakz’, their Valentine’s Day event. Dedicated to hip hop, R&B and liquid drum and bass, Simaran is excited to get the new DJ recruits out, practising in front of a real and responsive crowd to showcase their growing talent. For the people running these events it’s clear that it’s about much more than a good night out, it’s about a love of music too. Simaran labels events like these ‘inclusive but exclusive’: everyone is welcome but it’s not a generic playlist rolling out the same songs every time. This event isn’t just for couples so bring your friends and jam to some classic throwback garage plus something a little extra. Tickets are £3 online and £4 on the door and if their last event is anything to go by, they’ll sell out soon! Also, watch out for upcoming events from Fluid, Ignition, and Field Trip to name a few. Field Trip are rounding off the month of love on the 28th of February with a mix of house, techno and disco. Give them all a chance as you could broaden your playlists and support the student night life when it needs it most! It’s not easy running events when there’s a lack of venues, let’s just hope the Lounge’s fire alarm doesn’t go off this time.

Amy May Ellis