Demon Media celebrates 25th anniversary

By Thomas Carter

The Demon Media group at DMU will be celebrating the society’s 25th anniversary throughout the month of April.

Members of the group [or ‘Demons’ as they’re known in the DMU community] have a whole host of celebratory plans and events to mark the upcoming occasion that students across the university can get involved with.

Radio station Demon FM are launching a revamped schedule, including anniversary-themed shows. Magazine, The Demon, is publishing a bumper special edition, featuring articles written by current students as well as DMU alumni.

Lawrence Robertson, chair of Demon Media, said: “This is a key milestone for the group and gives us the opportunity to celebrate our history, forging new and strengthened connections with our alumni as we continue to develop our membership experience for future Demons.

“Due to the pandemic, our 25th year has also been one of our most challenging. Despite this, the team have worked incredibly hard to continue to provide the best possible experience for our members.

“This has undoubtedly been a challenge, but it has been fantastic to see how everyone has risen to that and gotten involved regardless.”

Demon Media is looking forward to exciting 25th anniversary celebrations (Credit: Demon Media)

In addition to the strand-specific events, the group is also looking to host the annual ‘Demon Media Awards’ night at the end of term, with members coming together to celebrate individual achievements across the society and look back on memorable moments from the last year.

“The passion and commitment I see every day honestly amazes me and makes me so proud to be part of what has to be one of the best student groups at DMU,” added Lawrence.

Established in 1996, Demon Media has been home to thousands of student members over the years, and is one of the oldest societies remaining active at DMU today.


For more information on the Demon Media anniversary celebrations and to find out how to get involved with the group, visit: https://www.demon-media.co.uk/

De Montfort Students’ Union hosts a ‘Voguing’ workshop for students and staff

By Adam Rear

As part of De Montfort University Pride Month, students and staff are being invited to have a go at Voguing.

The DSU Voguing Society welcomes students and staff to join in with their dancing and to spread positivity during Pride Month.

Voguing is a form of dance that pays homage to the Black and Brown queer community, which evolved out of the Harlem ballroom scene of the 1960s.

It gained mainstream media exposure when it was featured in Madonna’s song and video ‘Vogue’.

The event will take place on Friday(FEB21) in the Campus Centre from 12pm till 1pm, with no booking required.

DMU Gospel Choir Christmas celebrations begin

By Bethany Spence

The De Montfort University Gospel Society, semi-finalists on the 2018 Britain’s Got Talent television series, will be running its Christmas event today (MondayDEC2) in the Portland Building from 7pm till 9pm.

The event is advertised on the group’s Facebook event as “a way to come together and celebrate through music.”

This is one of many celebrations of the Yule season being run by the society, as on Christmas Day it will be hosting an event for a free Christmas dinner – by booking only – for those at the university unable to head home for the holidays, staff and more, from 4pm till 9pm.

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Chairwoman Hannah Milnes, a member of the society since 2018, who is running these events, said: “This society is a gospel choir who celebrates Christianity through worship, aiming to spread joy through Leicester and beyond. We are a family that support each other and have fun in the name of God.”

“One of my favourite memories with the society is performing at graduations with members of the choir who were in their third year, and moving on from university, as well as attending the Christmas Carol service in Leicester Cathedral with other local choirs.”

She continued: “The Christmas period is the time that you will find most of the older members of our choir doing their charity work by singing in different places raising money, like in the local Sainsbury’s or even Leicester Prison.”

VIDEO: Pakistani cultural ball to be held in Leicester

By Emily Barker

A cultural ball is set to be held in Leicester at the end of March.

De Montfort University’s (DMU) Pakistani Society will be holding a ball called Zindagi, at The Platinum Suite in Cobden Street, just off Humberstone Road, on Thursday, March 28.

Zain Afzal, 22, is studying a Graduate Degree in Law, after graduating from a Politics degree at DMU. He is also the Health and Safety Officer for the Pakistani Society.

Zain said: “This event is open to anyone, society member or not. We are really keen to make this a public event.

“We are having live music and hosting a three-course meal, consisting of traditional Pakistani delicacy; tandoori chicken, samosas, biryani and also gulab jamun, which is a dessert. Tea will also be served.”

DMU’s Pakistani Society at their Qawwali Night in February (SOURCE: Zain Afzal)

The event will be ticketed at £35 for standard tickets and £45 for VIP, with the dress code being traditional Asian dress or formal clothing.

It will be promoted on the society’s social media pages and around campus, with people handing leaflets and posters out every day to students, staff and the public.

The society is also looking to advertise with and get sponsorship from Leicester businesses.

Zain continued: “We wanted to keep the now-annual tradition going, and this will be our third event.

“The past two years have been a major success and we want this event to be the same.

“In 2017, I think we had around 300 people attend, and then last year it was more like 500 or 600 people.

“We want to create a memorable night where people can socialise and make new friends.

“During Ramadan, the society are also helping out with the prayer room on campus, for Iftar (the evening meal after sunset), as 300 people are expected to attend.”

Leicester acapella group to raise money for multiple charities

By Emily Barker

An acapella group in Leicester are set to be raising money for charities through a showcase.

De Montfort University’s (DMU) Acapella Society are hosting a charity showcase on May 4 in the Students’ Union (SU) function room upstairs.

The doors will be available to the public at 6pm, with the main event starting at 6.30pm.

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Amy Reynolds, 20-year-old Drama student and Treasurer of DMU Acapella

Amy Reynolds, 20, studies Drama at DMU and is treasurer for the society. She said: “Our charity showcase is our big event that we host at the end of the year.

“The main purpose is to raise money for charities, as it’s nice to be involved with the local community, but it’s also so we can show everyone what we’ve done over the year.

“Everyone on the society and everyone involved are all really excited.

“Acapella are hosting the event, but it features other societies such as DMU Steppers, Bollywood and Hip Hop; it’s more like a university-wide variety show.

“It was so popular two years ago that we sold out The Cookie venue in town, we’ve had to upgrade to the function room so we can fit in more people.”

This year, the Acapella Society is raising money for local charity Mind, and also Dementia UK.

As well as the showcase, there will be a raffle on the night and a bake sale outside of the SU on March 4, from 1-3pm.

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The DMU Acapella Society (Photo: DMU Acapella Society)

And for the first time ever, the headline act will be a male chorus group, based outside of Leicester, called Tuxedo Junction.

This will be a ticketed event, with prices ranging from £7 to £3 for concessions. Students can purchase tickets for £5.

For anyone who cannot attend, there will be an option to donate to the charities via a GoFundMe page, which the society will be launching next month and promoting on their social media sites.