Former Spandau Ballet star brings his DJ set to Leicester this weekend

by Katie McKenna

Former Spandau Ballet bassist and EastEnders star Martin Kemp is bringing his DJ set tour to Leicester this weekend(JUNE3). 

After his last performance at Leeds, Martin Kemp is set to perform the next show of his Back to the 80’s DJ Set Tour at the Athena Events Venue in Leicester. 

The first night is set to take place this Saturday at 7pm, with tickets costing £24.75 each. 

A second night was planned to take place at the O2 Academy later on the 24th of this month, but the event was cancelled, despite the event still being listed on Ticketmaster. 

Kemp has been touring since 2020 and shows no sign of stopping, with planned tour dates listing all the way to June 2024. 

Fans who miss his show in Leicester can next expect to see him perform in Carlisle on the 16th later this month. It is unknown if he plans to return to Leicester within the next year. 

DMU’s Building Bridges to Wellbeing scheme introduces refreshing wellbeing walks

By Kelly Gowe

De Montfort University (DMU) has launched Building Bridges to Wellbeing, a new initiative prioritising student mental health.

As part of this program, DMU is holding Wellbeing Walks, providing students with a refreshing way to enhance their mental and physical health while connecting with nature.

Students have praised the Wellbeing Walks, finding solace in taking a break from academic responsibilities and enjoying the campus’ beauty.

One DMU student, Sarah Wilson, said: “The Wellbeing Walks have become a highlight of my week. It reduces stress and improves my overall wellbeing.”

Led by trained volunteers, the walks incorporate mindfulness techniques and encourage participants to engage with their surroundings.

John Parker, another student, said: “The Wellbeing Walks have become an essential self-care practice for me. DMU’s commitment to student wellbeing is commendable.”

Reroll Board Game Cafe in Leicester gaining popularity

By Callam Banghard

A board game café in Leicester city centre is starting to gain popularity and is open to all who want to have a fun time.

Venue: the Reroll Board Game Cafe

Reroll Board Game Café is a place where people can play board games, eat meals, spend time with friends, and participate in regular events.

“The café is open seven days a week,” said Sam Cunnington, the manager of Reroll.

The venue has multiple rooms where people can play games and even has a bar included where people can relax with friends. You don’t even need to play games, Sam said everyone is welcome.

He added: “We have over 400 board games with events scheduled every week and we have a menu to cater for everyone’s needs and dietary requirements.

“Some of the most popular games that people play include Magic the Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons.”

The café has multiple other games and events for people to play, including Monopoly or Pokémon TCG tournaments.

Sam said: “During trading card events, up to 20 people show up, during social events, it ranges between 10-20 people.”

Fees depend on the type of event that is taking place. For board games, there is a £2 per hourly fee.  

“I have always loved working in hospitality and I’ve always loved games,” explained Sam, “so I decided to use my skills to create a café for others to enjoy.

“We have a very active discord and other social media pages.”

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DMU Students prepare for upcoming University Dance Festival

By Callam Banghard

Students are working hard for the DMU University Dance Festival which will take place at DMU, Leicester tomorrow (FRI,JUNE2) and Saturday.

Rehearsing: students prepare for their big show (Photo by Harry Booker)

Senior lecturers Josh Slater and Mel Knott said a lot of preparation has gone into the festival and the students have gained a lot of skills/opportunities through rehearsals for it.

Josh said: “The festival has been going on for over 20 years and is sold out every year as it is very well known.

“We have around 35 students who are participating in the event.”

He added: “It took nine months from September, with the first piece being created in November and things got more and more intense as time went on.”

Mel said: “There is a lot of demand for different spaces due to exams and this has made things more challenging for both students and staff members.”

Despite the challenges that the dance team have had to overcome, Mel praised the students for “adapting to different spaces.”

The festival has also provided different skills and opportunities for the students through live performances and rehearsals.

“Important people in the industry have come to watch performances by the students and this has opened up good post-graduation opportunities for the students and has allowed them to evolve by challenging them creatively,” Josh said.

“They get treated as professionals as if they are already working in the industry and this has improved their ability to collaborate and become more independent.”

Mel added: “We are trying to expand the boundaries between training and professional work by developing the students as artists.”

The University Dance Festival will be held at The Venue @ DMU in Western Boulevard, starting at 7pm, Friday and Saturday.

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Leicester Recovery College offers services for those with mental health challenges

By Callam Banghard

The Leicester Recovery College is offering a range of services to help those who live with mental health challenges aged 18 and over.

The Leicester Recovery College is an inclusive, learning, training and employment programme that aims to empower people to learn and contribute to the community.  

It offers training services in core areas such as numeracy/literacy skills, vocational activities such as musical classes, tailored support for personal goals and even personalised support to people looking to find employment.

It aims to support people in gaining skills and confidence and progress however they choose.

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