Freshers... What to do instead of neon paint and grim £1 vodka Red Bulls.

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Free at last! You scream, throwing whites and darks in the wash together. I don’t give a shit about colours running! Pink socks for life! Fuck you Mum! 

Leaving home for university is certainly liberating. Going alone gives you the opportunity to discover what really makes you tick, what makes you you. That being said, it also finally gets you out of your shitbox, one-horse town and into a big city, where (seemingly) anything is possible. 

Below is a selection of the best goings-on in a bunch of the greatest cities, featuring Moda’s return to the club scene, plus new stuff from Circus in Liverpool, We Are WHSE in London and, of course, The Warehouse Project in Manchester. Dive in!

The Pier Jam series has proved a roaring success, pulling together some of the UK’s biggest dance acts and putting them together in a festival-esque setting on Blackpool’s North Pier.
Blackpool might not be the first place to come to mind when you think of students, but it’s in pretty close proximity to both Preston and Lancaster so we’re dropping this event in as a bit of a special case.
With a massive house & garage line-up, it’s the perfect finale to Fresher’s Week. Darius Syrossian B2B Sant√© B2B Sidney Charles, Heidi, Huxley, Infinity Ink, 99 Souls, Karma Kid, Ms Dynamite, Zinc + many more all feature.
Blackpool North Pier, Saturday 26th September, tickets still available:

Moda Warehouse has been at the forefront of clubbing in Lincoln for a few years now, curating some of the region’s most beautiful house line-ups. These don’t come around weekly, or even monthly – it’s been 6 months since their last warehouse party so don’t be a twit, make sure you get a ticket for this one. It’s just a taster of what the team bring to the table with their festival Lost Village.
Bondax, Shadow Child, Hot Creation’s wAFF, and Moda label bosses Jaymo & Andy George are all on the bill.
Lincoln, venue to be announced, Saturday 3rd October. Tickets: 

We really couldn’t decide when selecting a night for London, so y’all get two picks.
The ‘We Are’ brand is expanding at an astronomical rate, with a full warehouse season starting this year, off the back of their original We Are FSTVL brand.
Some of the most exciting brands in dance music are heading to the warehouse on Great Suffolk Street (SE1 kids…), including Toolroom, Cuff, Defected, Heldeep, The Redlight, Cream, Goodgreef, and Guy Gerber’s Rumors. House, garage, techno, trance… There’s something for pretty much everybody.
London Great Suffolk Street, starts Saturday 3rd October. Tickets:

Sun City 20th Birthday
Garage/bassline/old skool fans, this is the one for you.
Sun City are celebrating their 20th birthday at London’s Coronet Theatre, wrapping up the fresher’s week events nicely, with one of the biggest 2-step line-ups to come out of London since you were probably in primary school. Are you really going to miss that?
Norris Da Boss Windross, Spoony, Pied Piper, Mikee B, Romeo & Harvey, (breathe) Maxwell D, Bushkin, and many, many more all feature. This event has 7 (SEVEN!?) arenas. That’s ridiculous!
London The Coronet Theatre, Saturday 26th September. Tickets:

Oh Circus… This is definitely one of our favourite brands, consistently smashing it out of the park. Aren’t all you Liverpool students proper lucky buggers?
Circus have been at the forefront of house music for over a decade, and this line-up makes you realise why. Seth Troxler, Jackmaster, Richy Ahmed and Hector all feature at the Arts Club, ensuring that Circus celebrate their 13th birthday with a massive bang.
Liverpool Arts Club, Saturday 26th September, tickets:

The Warehouse Project is no secret… Any student arriving in Manchester this week with even an inkling of knowledge about dance music will have probably taken this into account when choosing what uni to go to (let’s face it, we all take the social aspect into account – even if just a little bit!).
Most of the season’s events have sold out already, including those that are on this weekend but some of the biggest line-ups still have tickets available. Loco Dice, Maya Jane Coles, Carl Craig, Knife Party, Skream, Leon Vynehall… The Warehouse Project promises the perfect balance of musical heritage and fresh talent. They have a huge drum n bass line-up scheduled for the 22nd October, Metropolis & UKF Present. Sigma, Katy B, Sub Focus, Wilkinson, Shogun Audio label boss Friction… And it’s on a Thursday. Have you ever seen such a huge mid-week line-up?! Perfect for making sure you feel like absolute dog turd during those Friday morning lectures.
Manchester Store Street Car Park, starts Friday 25th September, tickets:

New kids on the block DISTRICT. have got their opening night this Saturday as the perfect Fresher’s Week closing party! Organised by the team at Preston Guildhall, this is bound to be a little bit different. It’s not the usual setting for a drum n bass knees up, but DJ Fresh takes over this Saturday, with Example headlining the October event.
DJ S.K.T. and Nick Coulson also feature on the bill this weekend.
Preston Guildhall, Saturday 26th September, tickets available here:

Drum n bass fans unite, Hospitality is returning to Reading.
If you’re not in the know, Hospital Records is pretty much the biggest record label in drum n bass… Hospitality is their brand. I really think that says enough.
The line-up for this is pretty ridiculous (in a good way), it’s going to be a pretty explosive night. Belgian drum n bass legends Camo & Krooked headline, with Fred V & Grafix, Logistics, and Krakota are on the bill at Reading’s Sub 89 venue. Consider yourself a dnb fan? You’d be stupid to miss out on this.
Reading Sub 89, Friday 2nd October. Tickets:

I’ve been graduated 3 long years now, and trust me, there’s nothing quite like that first year at university. Do not waste it throwing back Jagerbombs at the Birdcage in some kind of depressed, self-hate fuelled-funk. Find the music you like, and the good times will follow.
Or not, sometimes people go home or whatever.
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