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04 News

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12 Entertainment

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New Student Accommodation

The Boys are back in Town -

Prisoner of War

Lancaster Football

BBC Introducing

The Vaccines to play Carlisle

The Stanwix Arts Reviews

Sports Facilities

Art Shop Revamp

for the second time

Rats

Meet the Teams


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FEATURE

WHAT DID YOU EXPECT FROM THE VACCINES?


THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN


THE VACCINES ARE BACK IN CARLISLE FOR THE SECOND TIME AFTER AN OUTSTANDING SHOW AT RADIO ONE’S BIG WEEKEND IN 2011.

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Previous Page: The Vaccines at their latest photoshoot. This Page, Clockwise from top left: Pete Robertson on drums at Radio One’s Big Weekend 2011, Justin Young at the Come of Age Tour, Leg Shot from Radio One’s Live Lounge, Leeds Festival 2011, The Crowd.

ormed in early 2010, the band consisted of Justin Young guitar/vocals; formerly Stiff Records solo artist Jay Jay Pistolet, Arni Hjörvar (bass), Freddie Cowan guitar, younger brother of Tom from The Horrors) and Pete Robertson (drums). The band was initially formed by Young and Cowan in the Summer of 2009 with a third member who soon left. After months of attempting to perfect their sound, the band uploaded the demo “If You Wanna” to YouTube in August 2010 and the song immediately received praise from people such as Zane Lowe, who named it as his ‘Hottest Record in the World’ on 18 August 2010. After playing their first gig in Leicester, they embarked on their debut UK tour between September and November 2010, and interest in the band led their first London performance (at The Flowerpot in October 2010) to sell out, with the audience including Alex Kapranos, Marcus Mumford, and members of White Lies and The Maccabees, and 200 people having to be turned away. The performance was awarded 4/5 by The Guardian and described by Clash as “fantastic, exhilarating and exciting”. It was in this same article that the magazine predicted the band could help usher in a new era for guitar music. On 29 November 2010, the band released their debut single “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” / “Blow It Up”, in the UK, which was limited to 1000 copies and released on Marshall Teller Records. Both videos for the double a-side were directed by Doug Hart of The Jesus & Mary Chain fame. Only one minute and 24 seconds long, Wreckin’ Bar was named “Track of the Day” by Q magazine and was well received critically. The band continued to tour the UK for the remainder of the year (whilst concurrently recording their debut album), followed by documentary makers from Vice Magazine. They recorded their first ever radio session for Marc Riley’s BBC 6 Music show in December 2010. The band also performed live on Later with Jools Holland, the first band ever to do so before releasing a single. On 5 January 2011, they were placed third in the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll and, in the same week, appeared on the cover of NME for the first time. The band then spent the beginning of the year touring on the 2011 NME Awards Tour, supporting Crystal Castles. They also travelled to America for the first time where, in New York, they were watched by Debbie Harry. Having been signed to Columbia Records, the band released their second single “Post Break-Up Sex” on 24 January 2011, where it debuted at number

32 in the UK. It was at this time the band were nominated for an MTV Award for “Best New Band of 2011” and a Critics’ Choice Brit Award. Following a trip to SXSW, the band then released their debut album What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? on 14 March 2011 through Columbia Records, to generally positive reviews. The album was going to be released on 21 March 2011, coinciding with the release of The Strokes’ fourth album Angles, but was brought forward a week, leading to speculation that the band’s label were keen to avoid this. The Vaccines at the Ritz Ballroom, Manchester, on 3 April 2011On 10 June 2011, The Vaccines performed as a supporting act for the Arctic Monkeys in a 10,000 capacity tent set up at Don Valley Bowl, Sheffield. It followed a trip the two bands had made to America together, where The Vaccines made their network television debut performing “If You Wanna” on the Late Show with David Letterman. The Don Valley gig ushered in a summer of festivals around the world, of which the band claim to have played in the region of 45. The Vaccines ended their summer at the Reading & Leeds Festivals where they were joined on stage by members of The Horrors, returning the favour later in the day.[25] The band were named by NME Magazine as the number 1 band of the weekend. It is not the only time The Vaccines had collaborated on stage. They have previously been joined by Lyle Preslar of Minor Threat, Ryan Jarman of The Cribs, members of Savages, and Paul Thomson of Franz Ferdinand. In August, The Vaccines debuted new song, “Tiger Blood”, produced by Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes at his New York studio. In autumn 2011, the band were forced to postpone tours of Japan and the USA, as well as shows across Europe, after singer Justin Young encountered a reoccurring vocal issue which has seen him operated on 3 times in the space of 9 months. Despite this, the band still played upwards of 150 shows in that year, culminating with two nights at London’s O2 Brixton Academy. In October 2011, The Vaccines launched the world’s first crowd sourced music video[citation needed] for single “Wetsuit”. On Christmas Day 2011, The Vaccines appeared on Top of The Pops for the first time, before welcoming in the New Year on Jools Holland’s Annual Hootenanny.

Article written by Melissa White


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their amazing show at Radio One’s Big Weekend, I can’t wait to “ After see them again. It’s great that they were here for the release of their first album and now we get to see the Come Of Age tour. ”


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REVIEWS Article written by Alice Taylor

Pornography The cast I saw consisted of Lyn Paul, Keith Burns, Andy Snowden and Mark Hutchinson. Lyn Paul, as Mrs Johnstone, has joined after playing the role in the national tour, and she is perfect in the part. Her singing voice is just right, and all the emotion she put into the show seemed real. Her laugh when Mickey and Eddie went off to see “Nymphomaniac Nights” and “Swedish Au-pairs” could have been genuine, and if it wasn’t, her tears during “Tell Me It’s Not True” certainly were. Keith Burns was the Narrator, and although he was an excellent singer, he is perhaps more suited to something where he doesn’t speak to the audience.

Cleansed Perhaps the main thing that pulled it all together was the interaction between members of the cast. It was possible to imagine that Mickey and Eddie, or Mark and Andy, were actually brothers, and that Mrs J was their mother. Those in supporting roles were also fntastic: Sarah Hay as Mrs Lyons was wonderfully bitchy, and Emily-Machelle Watkins made a brilliant Linda. Parts such as the Milkman who becomes the Gynaecologist, and the teacher raised a great response from the capacity audience. The music was, of course, beyond words.As people left for the interval and at the end, I heard people saying things like “Isn’t it fantastic.”

CABARET Perhaps the main thing that pulled it all together was the interaction between members of the cast. It was possible to imagine that Mickey and Eddie, or Mark and Andy, were actually brothers, and that Mrs J was their mother. Those in supporting roles were also fntastic: Sarah Hay as Mrs Lyons was wonderfully bitchy, and Emily-Machelle. Article written by Marcus Carson

WHAT’S ON PRISONER OF WAR

Dreams The cast I saw consisted of Lyn Paul, Keith Burns, Andy Snowden and Mark Hutchinson. Lyn Paul, as Mrs Johnstone, has joined after playing the role in the national tour, and she is perfect in the part. Her singing voice is just right, and all the emotion she put into the show seemed real. Her laugh when Mickey and Eddie went off to see “Nymphomaniac Nights” and Swedish.

Toys The story rattles along at a cracking pace, helped by Bob Thomson’s slick direction, Marty Flood’s simple but effective composite set, Jon Swain’s dramatic and atmospheric lighting plot, and a multi-talented ensemble who each play a number of smaller parts. If you have not yet seen this production, I recommend you do, as I feel it is one of the most entertaining productions currently in the West End, and judging by the enthusiastic standing ovation, the rest of the audience wholeheartedly agreed with me This is a deceptive piece. It’s tuneful music, simple lyrics and lighthearted scenes in the first act where the house is the scene and all the people.

WITH HIGH EXPECTATIONS TO BE THE BEST SHOW OF THE YEAR, PRISONER OF WAR WILL BE ON IN CARLISLE IN DECEMBER.

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he cast I saw consisted of Lyn Paul, Keith Burns, Andy Snowden and Mark Hutchinson. Lyn Paul, as Mrs Johnstone, has joined after playing the role in the national tour, and she is perfect in the part. Her singing voice is just right, and all the emotion she put into the show seemed real. Her laugh when Mickey and Eddie went off to see “Nymphomaniac Nights” and “Swedish Apairs” could have been genuine, and if it wasn’t, her tears during “Tell Me It’s Not True” certainly were. Keith Burns was the Narrator, and although he was an excellent singer, he is perhaps more suited to something where he doesn’t speak to the audience. On Later with Jools Holland, the first band ever to do so before releasing a single. On 5 January 2011, they were placed third in the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll and, in the same week, appeared on the cover of NME for the first time. The band then spent the beginning of the year touring on the 2011 NME Awards Tour, supporting Crystal Castles. They also travelled to America for the first time where, in New York,

they were watched by Debbie Harry. Having been signed to Columbia Records, the band released their second single “Post Break-Up Sex” on 24 January 2011, where it debuted at number. The cast I saw consisted of Lyn Paul, Keith Burns, Andy Snowden and Mark Hutchinson. Lyn Paul, as Mrs Johnstone, has joined after playing the role in the national tour, and she is perfect in the part. Her singing voice is just right, and all the emotion she put into the show seemed real. Her laugh when Mickey and Eddie went off to see “Nymphomaniac Nights” and “Swedish Au-pairs” could have been genuine, and if it wasn’t, her tears during “Tell Me It’s Not True” certainly were. Keith Burns was the Narrator, and although he was an excellent singer, he is perhaps more suited to something where he doesn’t speak to the audience.

Article written byMarcus Carson


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RATS Article written by Alice Taylor

The story rattles along at a cracking pace, helped by Bob Thomson’s slick direction, Marty Flood’s simple but effective composite set, Jon Swain’s dramatic and atmospheric lighting plot, and a multi-talented ensemble who each play a number of smaller parts. If you have not yet seen this production, I recommend you do, as I feel it is one of the most entertaining productions currently in the West End, and judging by the enthusiastic standing ovation, the rest of the audience wholeheartedly agreed with me This is a deceptive piece. It’s tuneful music, simple lyrics and lighthearted scenes in the first act where the children (all played by adults) are having fun. give the impression of a feel good musical, but having lulled the audience into a false sense of security, the piece twists and turns in Act two and becomes less a comedy, more a tragedy. The story rattles along at a cracking pace, helped by Bob Thomson’s slick direction, Marty Flood’s.


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NEWS

LACK OF DEMAND FOR THE OLD BREWERY The Old Brewery in Carlisle, run by Impact Housing Association, has managed to fill just 117 of its rooms this year and fears it is losing out to new developments in nearby Denton Holme. It is a situation in sharp contrast to last year when there was a desperate scramble to find accommodation for a bumper intake at the University of Cumbria ahead of the introduction of tuition fees. Students had to stay in hotels and the University recruited new landlords and bought flats to accommodate the highest number of students the city has ever seen. But now numbers are dipping and the first phase of a “student village” has come on stream in Denton Holme, leaving Impact Housing fearing for the future of its Old Brewery complex. Chief executive Mike Muir said: “We have grave doubts as to whether our scheme will survive in the medium term.

Border Homes has just built phase one of their Denton Holme scheme and brought another 250 places into the system, at a time when overall Carlisle student numbers are not increasing. “The university seem to be preferentially referring students to the Border scheme and then, when full, on to their own two schemes which account for a further 200 beds.” University officials have denied that private halls are recommended in order of preference. Border has a second phase to their Denton Holme development – on the site of the former Kangol factory on Norfolk Street – in the pipeline, which would add a further 250 rooms. The Old Brewery is losing out in the.

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DENTON HOLME STUDENT VILLAGE M

r Muir is disappointed by the changing relationship with the university.He said: “It has downgraded our status which means that this year we’ve mainly got the overflow from the other three schemes. “This is disappointing in that in the past we have worked collaboratively. They made it clear to us at a meeting a couple of weeks ago that they regard their relationship with as a purely commercial one, alongside other private landlords. “They also made it clear that they were encouraging Border to start work on the next phase of their development, which would bring another 250 places into the system.” University accommodation officer Jan Carruthers said the Old Brewery acted as a cheaper alternative to the new Denton Holme scheme. Spokeswoman

Tracy Calvert added: “Impact have never had a contract with the university; the Old Brewery halls acts only as an alternative choice for students.’ University halls are always the preferred choice for students coming to the city and are filled first. “The university does not recommend private halls in a certain order but refer students looking for accommodation to private letting schemes such as Denton Holme, The Old Brewery, U Student and Stanley Halls.” Mr Muir is disappointed by the changing relationship with the university This is disappointing in that in the

Article written by Melissa White


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MUSIC STUDENTS GET THE RECOGNITION THEY DESERVE FROM BBC INTRODUCING Barely together more than a month, the Ulverston and Barrow lads have already got a gig under their belts and are on the verge of recording their debut album. First single, This Time, has been warmly received by friends and followers, but more tellingly by the nation’s biggest unsigned band programme. This week, the four-piece will be featured in a live BBC Introducing broadcast on Radio Lancashire, and they are hoping this could be their first big break of many. “The feedback we’ve had so far has been great and it’s taken us a bit by surprise,” says drummer Harry Whitter, formerly with

Grapevine Fires and Northern Shores. “There are people who follow us because of our other bands, but that doesn’t always help in the right way because friends will support you no matter what. It’s important that people like us because of the music and we’ve had a lot of compliments so far from people we don’t really know. But this band is clearly much more than just about having fun – there is a drive to achieve and get things done that can only bode well for.

Article written by Alice Taylor

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STUDENT UNION Article written by Melissa White

Join a Group UCSU has a whole variety of student groups, run by students, for students to join and participate in. They provide a great opportunity for you to meet students with similar interests to you, to make new friends, compete nationally in British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS), continue your passion or maybe try something new. Whether you’d like to join a sport or shared interest group, please see click on the link to the left to get more information. Allan Stavert, our Student Group Support & Development Facilitator and Peter Armstrong UCSU Student Life Sabbatical Officer are always happy to answer any questions you may have about Student groups, Club,

Lead a Campaign UCSU is all about helping you a have voice within the University and wider society. We work hard to create opportunities for students to improve their course, express their concerns and bring about positive change, whether it be on a localised level or as a regional movement of 11,500+ members.Every student on any course at the University of Cumbria is automatically a member of UCSU, it costs nothing to join and as well as being able to use all of our services and activities you also gain unlimited access to the decision making, lobbying and influencing powers we exercise on your behalf or leaving in complete. Through UCSU’s Student Voice and Representation activities members direct our work, bring change about within the University and help shape our local communities. As members of the wider National Union of Students UCSU also allows North Lancashireand Cumbrian students to have an impact on national debates and policies. You can mould your University to suit you through any of the Student Voice activities we run, or by just getting involved as an activist. You are stronger when united, and together we can bring about real change stunned silence, either through.

Volunteer

ART SHOP EXTENSION AFTER SUCCESSFUL PROTEST TO KEEP IT OPEN The future of the Brampton Road shop is in serious doubt, as two of its staff members have been made redundant, despite the shops’ existence still being under consultation. Key items will be unavailable on campus if the shop closes. After the Universities Facilities Management and LISS put together a review into the shop, issues had been raised by staff, students and the Student Union. The proposals would see the current shop closed and services distributed to the library and specialist goods being sold by technicians.

Article written by Marcus Carson

Register with us.We will send you our Welcome to Volunteering email and an ‘hours’ sheet to record all the time you spend volunteering whilst you’re a student here at the University of Cumbria. These hours all count towards your UCSU VolunteeringCertificate signed by our UCSU Community Sabbatical Officer and Dr Liz Beaty, Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Cumbria. Think about the kind of volunteering experience you’re looking for and contact Kati if you’d like some help finding the right role for you – If you’re studying at Lancaster please contact Emma.

The Power is in Your Hands As a democratic organisation UCSU asks our student members to decide on important decisions through voting. This section of the website contains information on how you can cast your vote and what issues and processes you can vote in.

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