Market Square’s gets festive food transformation

By Ruairi O’Connor

Leicester’s New Market Square will be transformed into a festive food village for the city’s Christmas lights’ switch on this Thursday (November 22).

Food vendors will be taking over the square from midday until 10.30pm to dish up lunch, dinner, mulled wine and many other street food favourites, including some festive treats.

Alongside the food traders, there will be a drinks zone with everything from Christmas cocktails to a huge gin bar.

Local dance group Studio79 will also be entertaining the crowds, as will former X-Factor winner and ‘Peter Pan’ star Sam Bailey.

All of this comes before Lord Mayor Cllr Ross Grant starts the build up to the big event.

Max Bovingdon, 20, a first year finance and marketing student at DMU, said: “I’m really looking forward to the event.

“I’ve never lived right in the city before, so a big Christmas lights’ switch on is something I’ve never really been a part of.

“That coupled with the good food, the Christmas drinks and the overall atmosphere, I’m sure it will be an event to enjoy.”

The big flick of the switch takes place at 6.20pm, with ITV news broadcasting live so nobody across the region has to miss the event.

Any visitors can also visit Town Hall Square which, this year, is enchanted by an amazing ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Christmas display and a brass band playing Christmas carols to bring everyone into a festive mood.

The new market square is right next to Leicester’s covered outdoor market, which will close around 4pm to make way for all of the festivities.

Bar 33 Cank Street set to open new venue in Clarendon Park

By Jake Olner

Clarendon Park locals will soon be able to enjoy the delights of high-end city cocktail bar 33 Cank Street as they plan to open a new venue in the area.

The ‘creative minds of Bar 33 Cank Street’ will be moving into what was previously the burger restaurant MOOW in Queen’s Road.

The already hugely popular and successful bar in St Martin’s Square focuses on offering a high-end service, with premium ingredients making up their unique cocktail recipes, table service and a small selection of tapas.

The team are already busy transforming their new venue, so we can expect to be trying it out for ourselves soon.

 

Police appeal for witnesses after New Walk break-in

By Alex Murray

Police are appealing for witnesses after a break-in at an office in Leicester during the weekend.

Offices in the city centre of Leicester were raided over the weekend, with several goods stolen.

Leicestershire Police received a call that the buildings had been broken into in New Walk, with three laptops and cash stolen from the premises.

The burglary is believed to have taken place between 5 pm on Friday, November 16 and 8 am on Monday, November 19.

Police are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward about the crimes.

Leicester’s Hypercombo is revived in a new venue

By Muhsin Cabdi

A bar in Leicester has successfully rescued one of the city’s most popular gaming events after its previous home closed down.

Firebug is a bar on 1 Millstone Lane in Leicester which opens at 12.00 p.m and closes at 04.00 a.m and its upstairs room is booked for a variety of different events and activities throughout the week

One of these activities is the Hypercombo event, which is held in the upstairs room every two weeks on a Monday from 06.00 p.m to 11.00 p.m.

The event is run by Will Burnett, along with twin brother Ryan and Jake Neal, and is popular with both veteran and amateur gamers alike.

Several screens and monitors are set up and a variety of fighting games can be played by people who attend the event.

Some of the games are also streamed online on a Twitch channel, with added commentary from Will, Ryan and Jake.

Ryan said: ” The name Hypercombo I believe is in reference to a move in Marvel vs Capcom 3, it’s called a Hypercombo and that’s pretty much where the influence for that came from.”

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The event is a hit with fighting game enthusiasts in Leicester

The event was recently revived at Firebug, after previously being hosted by The Font.

Ryan added: “The Font was closed down near the end of last year, about halfway through last year actually and basically the Leicester scene lost its local then.

“And no-one really had the time to do anything about the fact that we needed a new venue.”

The revival of Hypercombo was a joint effort by Ryan and Jake as long time members of the fighting game community, and Will, who provided the streaming equipment for the games.

Jake said: “We both have a background in both corporate fighting games as well as community as we both have  a lot of experience in both sides of it.

“So we’re in a perfect position to use those contacts to get prizes, to get support and to reach out to the local people in the area.”

One of Jake’s fondest moments since the revival of the Hypercombo event was the Soul Calibur tournament held on Monday, November 6, to celebrate the release of Soul Calibur 6, the latest instalment in the franchise.

Ryan said: “We grew up playing fighting games together.

“I feel like if you’re brothers  and you grew up playing games it’s pretty much the genre you play.”

Anyone interested in the event can watch the live stream at www.twitch.tv/PNDKetchup or follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/hypercomboleicester

Children in Need livestream raises £165

By Alex Leadbitter

A charity livestream was held in De Montfort University’s Students’ Union on Friday, (Nov 16), to raise money for Children in Need.

The livestream was broadcast by the team at Demon Media and was available to watch on Demon TV.

The charity livestream lasted for six and a half hours and included acts such as musicians, a range of different DMU societies and interactive games such as Pictionary and quizzes.

There was also a face painting challenge in which the hosts had to have their faces painted as accurately as they could to look like Pudsey, the mascot for Children in Need.

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Face painting fun: DMU students get into the spirit of Children in Need

Thom Chapman, 20, Head of Events for Demon Media, said: “We’re so lucky that DMU has so much to offer that we are able to put on a six and a half hour livestream and fill it with such great acts and performances.

“We knew it would be a challenge to organise this but once people knew we were doing it for Children in Need, we got so much support and we’ve had so much help from so many amazing people.”

The DMU societies that took part in the livestream included Bollywood Society, Salsa Society, Women’s hockey and DMU’s Theatre Society who performed a song from the musical Wicked.

Mr Chapman continued: “Although this isn’t the first time De Montfort has put on an event in aid of Children in Need, it is the first charity livestream the university has put on so we’re quite proud to be able to be the first people to do that.

“We can not only raise money for an amazing cause but also showcase what DMU has to offer.”

As well as DMU performances, external musicians also played such as Kelechi who played a stripped back version of his upcoming singles.

At the end of the livestream, the team had managed to raise £165 but you can still donate by texting demc63 and adding the amount you wish to donate. A JustGiving page was also set up which you can visit at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/demon-media1.