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is there much of an alternative/indie presence in the uni? i know it's pretty gig-starved, but besides that..
any info or thoughts would be much appreciated!
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Doubt it.
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is there much of an alternative/indie presence in the uni? i know it's pretty gig-starved, but besides that..
any info or thoughts would be much appreciated!
Leeds isn't THAT far away...
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If anybody can find a better indie scence than Manchester I will walk round york naked wearing a cap.
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There's an Indie society, and I believe they organise trips to gigs and stuff.
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organise
Clearly not very indie then.....

I think that the original poster was refering to something more of an indie "scene" as opposed to a society.
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If anybody can find a better indie scence than Manchester I will walk round york naked wearing a cap.
I would have reccommend Manc but it really isn't the closest place to York in the world....actually you get any further away and you enter a new country...
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If anybody can find a better indie scence than Manchester I will walk round york naked wearing a cap.
Glasgow still has much better Indie scene than Manchester and has done for about ten years! Manc is great too but there seems to be lot less Indie kids there and far fewer gigs and one off events. .London is pretty stagnant.
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Glasgow still has much better Indie scene than Manchester and has done for about ten years! Manc is great too but there seems to be lot less Indie kids there and far fewer gigs and one off events. .London is pretty stagnant.
I think Manchester is living on its past "glory" now, still when you think indie the first city that springs to mind is Manchester!!!
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Well Mancheste still has Oasis, Elbow, Badly Drawn Boy, The Doves, Hanky Park plus lots of the older indie bands such as New Order, Morrisey ,Stone Roses etc. How many does glasgow have?

Every other city I have been to in the UK the main scence in the clubs is dance, in Manchester the main stream is indie, dance is the alternative.
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Clearly not very indie then.....

I think that the original poster was refering to something more of an indie "scene" as opposed to a society.
(Original post by kiltsrock)
is there much of an alternative/indie presence in the uni? i know it's pretty gig-starved, but besides that..
any info or thoughts would be much appreciated!
A presence. Yes, there is. I answered the question with a valid response.
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Well Mancheste still has Oasis, Elbow, Badly Drawn Boy, The Doves, Hanky Park plus lots of the older indie bands such as New Order, Morrisey ,Stone Roses etc. How many does glasgow have?
No city has produced as many truly great bands as Manchester: Joy Division, New Order, The Fall, The Buzzcocks, The Smiths and The Stone Roses. Ive never really considered Oasis to be very Indie, but they were certainly a significant group too. .They were discovered in Glasgow though!

The odd thing about Manc is that nearly every band seems to leave as soon as they achieve some level of success!

Orange Juice, Josef K, The Orchids, The Cocteau Twins, The Pastels, The Bmx Bandits, The Jesus and the Marychain, The Shop Assistants, The Vaselines, Teenage Fanclub, Belle and Sebastian, Arab Strap, Life Without Buildings, Mogwai, Urusei Yatsura, The Delgados, Franz Ferdinand and Boards of Canada are all Glasgow bands. .Snow Patrol are based there as well and Mum and Sigur Ros have lived in the city.

Glasgow and London are the only British cities that American, European and Japanese underground bands always seem to play. Glasgow has six genuine Indie record shops while Manc only really has one and its ridiculously expensive. Theres at least double as any Indie bars and clubs too.

There are disadvantages though, ie, countless arrogant 'Hillhead scenesters' but theres much more of a community spirit and legions of Indie kids at every turn (which really distinguishes it from other British cities). When I wander along Oxford Road I never see another Indie, they all seem to be constantly hiding in the bars and gig venues!
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They are still a lot of Manchester bands living in Manchester, New Order all still live there, and they must have quite a lot of millions of pounds in the bank, although they missed out of a lot of royalties in the 80's they make a lot of money from Joy Division and other spin off bands such as Electronic. The Doves are still living in Northenden, Badly Drawn Boy still lives in Chorlton etc.

Also where abouts are you looking for these indie shops? There are several around Oldham Street, and there is a great one Chorlton which is very cheap.
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Also where abouts are you looking for these indie shops? There are several around Oldham Street, and there is a great one Chorlton which is very cheap.
Piccadilly is the best one. .
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this is all great but whats York like? any punk/ska scene going on? infact any music at all would be great?...
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this is all great but whats York like? any punk/ska scene going on? infact any music at all would be great?...
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this is all great but whats York like? any punk/ska scene going on? infact any music at all would be great?...
Theres probably 'alternative' nights in the student's union. The lack of a satisfactory music scene motivated me to reject York though.
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There is a good 80's kareoke bar in York, but thats probably as good as it gets. I knw when I visited York I thought I would probably get bored if I lived there, its lovely city though.
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Theres probably 'alternative' nights in the student's union. The lack of a satisfactory music scene motivated me to reject York though.
There is no central Student Union venue on campus, so they're unlikely to attract any particularly well known bands.
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There is a good 80's kareoke bar in York, but thats probably as good as it gets. I knw when I visited York I thought I would probably get bored if I lived there, its lovely city though.
I think everyone gets this impression.
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