Society spotlight: IndieSoc takes the Toon by storm

Indie Society bursts onto the scene...

Lucy McElhone
29th October 2018
Credit: indie soc


Newcastle Indie Society is the society for appreciation of independent music and culture. Established in August by third-year students Matthew Lacey, Lucy McElhone and Arthur Newman, the society now has over 400 followers on social media and is one of the university’s fastest-growing new societies. Over 200 indie music fans came along to Luther’s Bar for their first event, the Big Indie Bar Crawl, which showed students alternative venues in the city such as the Dog and Parrot, Gotham Town and the Cut.

Recently the committee have collaborated with gig venues across Newcastle to organise gig discounts for their members and reduced entry into indie club nights such as Rebel Thursdays. Indie Society are very dedicated to supporting the local music scene and smaller bands in the city. Their first gig night at Head of Steam was a great success, featuring four bands including indie band Butterjunk, formed at Newcastle University. The society are currently working on a Spotify playlist showcasing upcoming and emerging artists. Their most recent event was filmed by NUTV and Indie Society are looking forward to collaborating with other societies throughout the year.

Future plans include gigs, open mic nights, bar crawls, record store crawls, band t-shirt socials and a trip to Kendal Calling Festival. They have also set up a Facebook group, Newcastle University Indie Society Chat, for students to talk and swap gig tickets. The society is brilliant for those interested in joining a local band, meeting friends with similar music tastes or finding people to go to gigs, festivals or nights out with.

For fans of the Arctic Monkeys, Stone Roses, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Blossoms, the Smiths, Courteeners, the Killers, Kasabian, Pixies, Pulp, Tame Impala, MGMT, the Strokes, the Libertines, the 1975, Bloc Party, David Bowie, the Vaccines, Radiohead, Happy Mondays, Oasis, Joy Division, Vampire Weekend, the Beatles, the Doors, Sundara Karma, Maximo Park, Kaiser Chiefs, the Wombats, Jamie T and more?

For information on upcoming events, please join the society on the NUSU society webpage:

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