With Easter fast approaching, five of our writers tell all about how they’ll be spending their Spring Break in Brighton. Read on for the best ways to escape assignment stress and kick back over the holidays with our Student’s Guide to Spring Break!
By Alice Hudson, Crystalle Cox, Lottie Woodrow, Nammie Matthews and Robert Bone.
One thing that leaps to mind about Spring Break is doing things that I’m normally too tired (read: stressed by looming deadlines) to do, and for me that’s always going to be a good gig. After all, what better time to jump around and sing along to an awesome band than when I know I don’t have to get up the next morning? I’ll definitely be catching the ethereal grunge pop talents of Wolf Alice at Brighton Dome on 23rd March as well as taking the opportunity to check out some lesser-known local bands at venues like the Hope & Ruin, who incidentally do the best vegan hot dogs for a fiver.
While a certain bunny may be stressed delivering eggs, I will be missing his bounty for some laughs instead! The Old Market is transformed into ‘Laughtermarket’ on March 23rd, including master-of-jokes (he’s written over 1000), Darren Walsh. With concession tickets for students, it’s a great excuse to get the gang together. Then again, many of my friends love a giggle with a pint in their hands, so we might check out The Brunswick on the 26th instead, where ‘Punning Linguists’ will be providing plenty of one-liners through the night. With an ever-changing selection of local cask ales (and an endless supply of fun), I may go to both!
The theatre is often stereotyped for the older generation, something that’s longwinded and boring. However, Brighton’s spring theatre schedule shows that’s not the case, offering some exciting performances of familiar tales: from Shakespeare’s The Tempest (running 8-26 March, Emporium), to unique works like The Vagina Monologues (8 March, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre). Directed by Angela El-Zeind, The Vagina Monologues will be an interesting performance, empowering women as it enables women survivors of violence to rise above and end violence for others. The performance being both emotionally provoking and hilarious, I think it’s a definite must see in the run-up to Easter – plus students get a reduced price!
I’ve never been one of those people who can pinpoint their favourite music genre, however soul and funk are definitely my top contenders. Chaka Khan to David Bowie, Jackson 5 to Prince, you just can’t help but have a boogie. So this Spring Break, I’ll be heading down to Midnight Funk Association’s Easter Special on the 24th March at Patterns. I’ve been to their events before and have always had such a brilliant evening; the drinks are cheap – around £2.50 each – which definitely suits my low (struggling) budget. Tip: make sure you dress to impress. We all need a big night out to unwind from the stress of assignments, so why not treat yourself?!
With work, placements and the constant horde of assignments, it’s not often that I get to kick back and have some “me” time, so I’ll be taking every opportunity to indulge over Spring Break – and not just on Easter chocolate! I’m a foodie by heart, and there are so many restaurants in the city I’ve been dying to try out. Despite its student-friendly prices, I need to deviate from the obligatory Friday night Pompoko, and so another Japanese restaurant – Bincho Yakitori on Preston Street – makes the top of my list thanks to its purse-friendly, tapas-style options. It’s closely followed by Burger Brothers (I know, I can’t believe I STILL haven’t eaten there either).
You can also find this article in the March issue of BN1 magazine; view online, or in print from your local newsstand.