Freshers' Fortnight

The official freshers lineup for Derby

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Basshunter announced! Basshunter headlines Freshers Finalé – a photo of Basshunter with the event title

This year's Freshers' Finalé on October 4th will be one of our biggest ever, as we host Basshunter in the Academy to round off what will be an unforgettable fortnight for our new and returning students!

The Eurodance sensation joins an already exciting line-up, which includes Love Island's Luke Kempner, who will be performing a hilarious stand-up routine, also as part of our #derbyfresh wristband offer.

The action all kicks off on September 21st and is the perfect way to start your university experience. Pick up your wristband for VIP access to over ten different events.

Plus, we will be announcing another headlining name very soon, so keep your eyes peeled on our social media pages for a clue or two as to who that could be.

Things keep getting fresher!

    Freshers Wild Welcome Party
    21st September 9:30pm - 2am
    The Academy Bar, The Union of Students, Kedleston Road
    Have you got the moves like jaguar? Channel your wild side as you let loose in the Academy at our roaring welcome party. Come for drinks at the watering hole with good vibes that will have you believing you’ve mastered the bare necessities of life.
    Freshers Freshers Foam Party at Walkabout
    22nd September 9pm - 3am
    Walkabout, 11 Market Square, Derby DE1 3QE
    Forget having a night off with a bubble bath and your trusty rubber duck, the Mukky Duck team have foam for days - no FOMO here!
    Freshers Night at the Museum
    23rd September 6pm - 11pm
    Derby Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, DE11BS
    Beat your top score under the pinball glow as you travel back to a world of retro gaming with all your favourite arcade classics!
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    Freshers Comedy Night
    24th September 8pm - 11pm
    The Academy Bar, The Union of Students, Kedleston Road
    A night of contagious laughter and entertainment with hilarious headliners! Don’t forget to redeem your limited time drinks vouchers in your Freshers vouchers book!
    Freshers Freshers Glitter Party at Walkabout
    25th September 9pm - 3am
    Walkabout, 11 Market Square, Derby DE1 3QE
    Would it be a Freshers party without a bit of glitter? Derby's biggest student night brings you more sparkle than ever before!
    Freshers Outdoor Cinema
    26th September 7pm - 11pm
    The Academy Bar, The Union of Students, Kedleston Road
    Get your popcorn and blankets at the ready for our outdoor screening of a popular blockbuster! Quiet at the back!
    Freshers Quiz at OFGS
    26th September 7:30pm - 9pm
    One Friar Gate Square, 4-6 Agard St, Derby, DE1 1DZ
    It's time to question the laws of quizics, so find that mate who has more general knowledge than sense for our first quiz of the year!
    Freshers Derby Festé
    27th September midnight - 28th September midnight
    The arts festival returns with packed programme of spectacular family entertainment featuring the breathtaking Museum of the Moon at Derby Cathedral!
    Freshers Comedy Bingo
    27th September 8pm - 11pm
    The Academy Bar, The Union of Students, Kedleston Road
    Comedy, music, and mayhem; come and see why quiet dabbing is a thing of the past. Win big and expect an evening of non-stop laughter!
    Freshers UV Rave
    28th September 10pm - 2am
    The Academy Bar, The Union of Students, Kedleston Road
    Paint your face and grab those glow sticks for an unmissable night at the Academy!
    Freshers Freshers Fair
    30th September 9am - 5pm
    Kedleston Road
    One of the biggest events during your first few weeks in Derby and your first chance to see the Union in all its colours.
    Freshers Freshers Fair
    1st October 9am - 5pm
    One of the biggest events during your first few weeks in Derby and your first chance to see the Union in all its colours.
    Freshers intu Student Shopping Night
    1st October 7pm - 10pm
    intu Derby
    Who can resist a too good to be true deal? intu’s student lock in is the perfect opportunity to get all the bits you need to settle in to student life in Derby!
    Freshers Harry Potter Party at Walkabout
    2nd October 9pm - 3am
    Walkabout, 11 Market Square, Derby DE1 3QE
    Are you a Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or a Gryffindor? Join the Mukky Duck Crew on the most magical night of the week!
    Freshers Oktoberfest
    3rd October 7:30pm - 11pm
    The Academy Bar, The Union of Students, Kedleston Road
    Who says you need to be in Munich to drink a stein? Come to the Union’s very own festival for a night of high spirits with live music from a Bavarian band!
    Freshers Quiz at OFGS
    3rd October 7:30pm - 9pm
    One Friar Gate Square, 4-6 Agard St, Derby, DE1 1DZ
    Let’s get quizzical; it's time to get your thinking hats on ready for our second quiz of the year!
    Freshers All Day Blowout
    4th October 11am - 5pm
    The Academy Bar, The Union of Students, Kedleston Road
    Missing your home comforts and your parents’ good grub? The Academy is open all day for you to relish 25% off the entire menu!
    Freshers Freshers Finale
    4th October 10pm - 2am
    Round off the Freshers Fortnight with the biggest night of all. Grab your new mates and celebrate in style! Basshunter will be preforming live, with one more HUGE act left to announce. This is the night you will not want to miss!