DMU and UoL bands clash in musical Varsity contest

By Lara Alsaid

Tuneful students battled it out in a music competition last night(TUE,MAR15) at 2Funky Music Cafe as part of the annual Varsity contest between De Montfort University(DMU) and University of Leicester(UOL).

The Shipping Forecast was the first band to play for DMU.

Varsity is a yearly tradition where during a week, DMU and UOL compete in different sports and activities.

The DMU Music Society competed against UOL by choosing three bands from its membership to perform in the competition. 

First year DMU student Alicia Santamaria, who is a member of DMU Music Society, said: ”It felt exciting, this was the first time I experienced this. I have heard the bands that perform for DMU, and they are really good. I even voted for one of them to represent us tonight.”

The bands performed both covers and original songs with different genres, the most popular one being rock.

It was a perfect night to bring two universities together through a common interest for music. 

All performing bands from DMU and UoL together on stage at the end of the night.

After impressive performances from both universities, DMU ended up bringing back the trophy for the Varsity music competition.

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Ring of Honor wrestling take Leicester city by storm

By Mark Farmer

Ring of Honor the professional wrestling company were in Leicester city for the first time on Saturday 19 November.

The promotion left the crowd baying for as they performed for more than 2000 people.

The team, who are currently touring with their ‘Reach for the Sky Tour’, performed at Leicester Community Sports Arena for their penultimate UK date.


The match took place at Leicester Community Sports Arena

The boisterous crowd were treated to seven wrestling matches, where World Champion, Adam Cole, and World Tag-Team Champions, The Young Bucks, competed.

The show also featured a promotional talk from match commissioner Nigel McGuinness, who studied at University of Leicester more than 20 years ago.

Chants of ‘this is awesome’ and ‘this is wrestling’ were deafening throughout the arena during the main event as The Young Bucks, comprised of brothers Matt and Nick Jackson, fought British duo, Matty Scurll and Will Ospreay.

One spectator, Tony Thiedeman, 21, a self-proclaimed wrestling fan of more than 10 years, described the main event as one of the best he had ever seen.

Tony said: “The event was incredible. It was such a great advert for the sport of wrestling and to be able to see it with my own eyes was fantastic, especially the main event that will generate a lot of talk.”

He added: “I can’t remember the last time wrestling like this was in the city, and shows like that help put the sport on the map, not only in Leicester but in the midlands, too.”

20-year-old Nathan Finlow, who sat at ringside, said: “The whole night was faultless. The matches were very entertaining and I’d expect to see some of those guys in the WWE very soon.”

He added: “I don’t think even they [WWE] could have put on a tag-team match as good as the main event tonight.”

World Wrestling Entertainment is the biggest wrestling promotion in the world and has seen the likes of CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins make the switch from Ring of Honor.


Many of the crowd thought the games were better than WWE

AJ Styles and Kevin Owens the current World Champions and Universal Champions respectively also originated from Ring of Honor

The group has now finished its UK tour as they completed two other dates in Liverpool and London.

They will now to return to America for a further eight shows.