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What Are the Upcoming Nightlife Trends on US Campuses?
College and university is undoubtedly a place for furthering your education, becoming more independent, and self-discovery. Outside of lecture time and studying, the next most important aspect of campus life is putting down your books and enjoying the nightlife. Life on campus is fun, crazy, and all-consuming if you’re the sociable type. There is a strong sense of community where students can let their hair down, get involved in special student nights, make new friends and even meet potential partners. Most college campuses are great at catering for their student’s needs and will offer themed nights, live music nights, film screenings, clubs, college balls, and many other exciting events throughout the year. But what seem to be the most popular nights and what are the upcoming trends for U.S college campuses?
Live Music Events
Music is, of course, the one type of entertainment that everyone loves. Gone are the days when college campuses used to have one live music night a month with only college bands taking the stage. Now, famous bands and artists regularly tour the college scene, making their presence known amongst the college student audience and reaping in the fans as they go. College campus venues are the perfect size for intimate performances, bringing students live music to their direct surroundings at a reasonable price, avoiding the need to leave campus to see their favourite band! U.S Campuses are also hosting their very own Battle of the Bands competitions and promoting open mic nights to encourage some on the spot performances by those who are more willing to take to the stage. Battle of the Bands originated in Europe with the UK’s Live and Unsigned music contest which has been an annual event since 2007, giving the final winner a £50k record deal.
Bingo seems to be making a massive impression on college campuses worldwide as students crowd halls to compete against each to win some cash. Bongo’s Bingo is travelling around the world, visiting college campuses in Australia and Ibiza, giving students not only a night of bingo playing, but dance-offs, lively challenges, and amazing prizes! If you have an upcoming bingo night hosted on campus, it’s always worth getting some practice play in with some online bingo sites, where you can socialise with other players and pick up some expert tips. Competitions like bingo are always popular throughout college campuses, wherever you are in the world. For the quiet soul, bingo nights are perhaps the preferred choice to karaoke, dance contests, open mic nights, or any type of competitions that require some embarrassing on stage appearance.
Themed Student Nights
Themed nights in college campuses are extremely popular with students. Whether it’s hosting an in-house event of a medieval banquet, a high school pizza night, homecoming floats and parades, a fancy dress night, a zombie party, a 70’s hippie disco, or escaping from campus to the local bowling alley or ice rink, there’s so many themed nights that colleges host to bring students together. Many college campuses favour hosting fundraising events for college funding needs, local charities and schools, and even natural disasters. Whether it’s a themed night, a bingo night or a dance contest, fundraising events are great to bring the students together to build awareness and show support for society. Daytime activities such as a walk-a-thon, raffles, auction of promises, carnival days, and sports-related games such as a pitch-a-thon or swim-a-thon are also used to raise donations for good causes.
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