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Meet your student representatives and learn more about your UMSU departments!

It would be kind of weird if the student union wasn’t actually run by students, right? There are a bunch of student representatives who work around the clock to ensure the activities and opportunities available to you are as fun and relevant as possible. Basically every area of uni life (and life in general) is covered by one of these departments.

Keep an eye on the UMSU SummerFest page and follow UMSU on on Facebook and Instagram to stay across important updates, free events you don’t want to miss, and the occasional spicy meme.

Have you wrapped your ears around PRESS CLUB’s second album Wasted Energy –  released into the world last year?  Thanks to UMSU Activities you’ll get a chance to lap up awesome sounds from this delight, as well as their debut album, Late Teens.

 

WHEN?

⏰  From 1-2pm on Thursday 5 November

🎶  Tune in at 1pm by clicking on the Live video which will appear on the UMSU Activities Facebook page. We’ll also share it in the Facebook event.

👀  Get warmed up at the Press Club Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQVbFNzlagKr_oAIG3eBzZw

 

WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT PRESS CLUB 👇🏽
From conception in a garage in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick, Press Club are the musical embodiment of the attitude of a generation experiencing impermanence in every way.

 Wasted Energy  landed at #4 in the AIR album chart and #15 on the ARIA Australian Album chart, Press Club’s sonic calling cards are all present on Wasted Energy; the fuzzaddled, kicked-in speaker bass of Iain MacRae, the razor sharp guitar tones of Greg Rietwyk, the merciless drumming of Frank Lees, not to forget the emotionally charged vocal deliverance of Natalie Foster.

Wasted Energy approaches the microphone through a lens of extrospection. It examines the negative behaviours in the world around us and how we’re all learning to exist in today’s ever-evolving socio-moral landscape. It is broadly about change, and life’s watershed moments that change its course. These shifts are laterally represented lyrically and sonically in many of its songs. As seen in single, ‘THINKING ABOUT YOU’ which scored an addition at triple j and landed on a bevy of Spotify playlists (New Music Friday in the US, UK, Aus & NZ, amongst others).

Wasted Energy follows on from acclaimed debut album, Late Teens. Fuelled by debut single, the buzz-saw guitar laden, ‘HEADWRECK’, which received loyal attention from music lovers and radio alike – landing high rotation at Australia’s triple j and Fbi radio.

See out semester 2 with Bands, Bevs and BBQ and rock band Slowly Slowly 🔥  Known for their emotionally charged vocals and uplifting rifts, their live stream is going to be 💥

WHEN?

🍺  From 1-2pm on Tuesday 29th October.

🍔  Tune in at 1pm by clicking on the Live video which will appear on the UMSU Activities Facebook page. We’ll also share it in the Facebook event.

🍺  Check out their track Alchemy – it’s a banger.

GET TO KNOW SLOWLY SLOWLY👇

There’s an unshakable sense of comfort and resonance that comes with listening to Slowly Slowly. Frontman Ben Stewart’s vivid lyricism and emotionally-charged vocals douse swirling guitars and soaring percussion and prove the band as nothing short of striking storytellers. At any moment fragile and raw to boisterous and belting the next, the four-piece – completed by Alex Quayle (bass), Albert Doan (guitar) and Patrick Murphy (drums) – effortlessly capture real life and turn it into a rock song.

In early 2020 Slowly Slowly released their acclaimed third album ‘Race Car Blues’ to a tidal wave of success. Beyond gracing magazine covers and claiming Feature Album slots from triple j, Tone Deaf and The Music, each single enjoyed a rinsing on national radio while leader ‘Jellyfish’ cracked #57 in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2019.

On the touring front the band also claim sold out Australian tours, festival invitations from Splendour In The Grass, Good Things and Groovin’ The Moo and support gigs alongside The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Amy Shark as just some of the notches on their belt.

With more music in the pipeline and mounting critical and fan rapture ensuing, Slowly Slowly continue to stake their claim as one of Australia’s most vital rock outputs of late.

 

 

 

Its Bands, Bevs and BBQs Week 11! We’re bringing you amazing female fronted act, Jess Locke. This indie pop artist is known for her narrative rich tracks, grungy guitars and gritty vocals.

WHEN?

🍺  From 1-2pm on Thursday 15th October.

🍔  Tune in at 1pm by clicking on the Live video which will appear on the UMSU Activities Facebook page. We’ll also share it in the Facebook event.

🍺  Check out her dreamy track Universe

GET TO KNOW JESS LOCKE👇

Melbourne artist Jess Locke is known for penning indie pop tracks that are at times subtle and full of melancholy, at times delivered with an acerbic tongue, but always steeped heavily in narrative.

Her new track ‘Fool’ is simple and raw, partnering dirty grunge guitars, a fuzzy lead, gritty vocals and a punchy rhythm section. It’s been a patient wait for new music from the admired songwriter, ‘Fool’ follows on from 2018’s 7” My Body Is An Ecosystem / Nothing At All and 2017 LP Universe which debuted at #18 on the AIR Independent Label Album Chart, scored triple j Feature Album, landed in the Australian Music Prize nominations list and at #20 in Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of 2017.

 

Are you ready to test your knowledge 📔 and show off your trivia skills? Become the best and win prizes up to 100 dollars! 🎉

 

We are calling for all of you to come and join us in Get Trivial with UMSU International where you will encounter the most challenging and thought-provoking questions in a variety of categories : 

🎨Arts & Literature📖,  🎬Entertainment🎢, 🏔Geography🌋, 🏛General knowledge🌍 and a ❓Mystery❓ category. 

Take part in various trivia games as teams and use your brains and teamwork skills to win it all! 

 

Get Trivial with UMSU International will occur in the span of 3 days, sign up for one day for a chance to be crowned as the champion of the ultimate trivia night! 👑

 

Important note: 

Individual and group sign-ups are available! If you and your friend want to sign up as a team, please register for the same event day, and then send an email to boheng.d@union.unimelb.edu.au with your team name, team members’ names and student ID.

 

Dates: 8th – 10th of October 2020 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) 

Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm AEST 

Venue: Zoom (Link will be provided upon registering for the event) 

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/122005803643/

 

Keep Calm and Trivia On! 🤩

 

UMSU Activities presents: Online Escape Room

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Dare to push your wits to their very limits? Put your intelligence to the test at UMSU ACTIVITIES’ first-ever Online Escape Room challenge!
Get ready to coordinate with your team to break out of the room and strap yourself in for an action-packed session of brain boggling puzzles and clues, using your skills and teamwork to solve the challenge.
‼️How do I join the event?‼️
👉🏼Once you’ve logged onto Zoom, we’ll assign your team to a breakout room and send you the link to get started. You can pre-register for this event by signing up here
‼️How do I sign my team up? ‼️
👉🏼Find a group of 4-6 people to compete with and get ONE representative to fill out the “I HAVE A TEAM ALREADY” section on behalf of the team. We’ll need your team name, contact deets and the names of your teammates.
👉🏼If you have fewer than 4 people in your team or would like to be assigned a team (great for solo players), please complete the “I NEED A TEAM” section of the form and we’ll take care of it.
👉🏼Sign up via this form
Prizes are up for grabs, as always, so gather your best and brightest friends and try your best to beat our ultimate test. Do you have what it takes to escape before time runs out?
UMSU Activities acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our University stands. We acknowledge that the land was stolen, sovereignty was never ceded and that no apology can give the land back
*Live music starts at 1pm
*BYO lunch and bevs
 
It’s Week 12, our last but definitely not least week of Bands, Bevs & BBQs Online! We’re stoked to be seeing off our Sem 2 line up with dark, dream electro pop artist 🖤 Nyxen 🖤

WHEN?

🍺 From 1-2pm on Tuesday 27 October
🍔 Tune in at 1pm by clicking on the Live video which will appear on the UMSU Activities Facebook page
 

GET TO KNOW NYXEN 👇

Tokyo-born and Sydney-sider Nyxen has had a whirlwind career. With an ever-expanding catalogue of dynamite electronic tunes and a loyal following in tow, Nyxen has amassed over 16 million streams, sold out her debut headline national tour, and performed at some of the biggest festivals in the country.
 
Inspired by the concept of retro futurism, Nyxen is known for her singles In The City and Chains. Nyxen’s dark and dreamy sound will set on an upward trajectory to dominate the electro scene in 2020, so head on down to catch this amazing new talent in action!


👉 Check out her track In the City: 

Its Bands, Bevs and BBQs Week 9 and we’re into the home stretch 🏎️ This week, we’re joined by indie alt rockers The VANNS!

WHEN?

🍺 From 1-2pm on Tuesday 29th September.

🍔 Tune in at 1pm by clicking on the Live video which will appear on the UMSU Activities Facebook page! We’ll also share it in the Facebook event.

GET TO KNOW THE VANNS👇

The Vanns have been crafting music that not only stirs up a melting pot of indie and alt-rock influences but delivers a fresh, modern sound that has seen them fast become one of the most in-demand young bands in Australia.

Developing a strong live show and presence off the back of high profile support slots with artists including Catfish and The Bottlemen, Hippo Campus and Ocean Alley, as well as selling out their recent run of shows of their own on the east coast, The VANNS serve up commanding indie rock and roll, further solidifying their status as one of the east coast’s most exciting bands.

Head to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/328153601902149/

Check out their awesome track Keep My Cool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piS_Ugup80I

Its BBB Week 10, and the semester has FLOWN. We’re back this week with indie pop stunner ☁️ Tamara and the Dreams☁️
🍺 From 1-2pm on Tuesday 6th October.
🍔 Tune in at 1pm by clicking on the Live video which will appear on the UMSU Activities Facebook page! We’ll also share it in the Facebook event.
 
✨GET TO KNOW THE TAMARA AND THE DREAMS ✨
 
This whimsical pop four-piece Conjures relatable, catchy pop. Tamara & the Dreams’ songs explore what it means to be young and alive. Her debut single LO-FI premiered on Triple J, and quickly made it onto Spotify’s Chords and Cardigans playlist and Apple Music’s A List Alternative and official Indie playlists. LO-FI charted at #2 on AMRAP metro charts with airplay on PBS, 3RRR, Fbi, 4ZZZ SYNfm and RTR, after the band sold out an electrifying single launch at The Gasometer.
Fresh from supporting an endless list of indie favourites and friends including The Beths, Gabriella Cohen, Moaning Lisa, Cry Club, Eliza and the Delusionals, Egoism, and Fritz, “Tamara & The Dreams showcase an undeniable prowess for songwriting and clever lyricism” – The Music.au
✨ Check out their track LO-FI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3_ISFumQtI

 

 

Live music starts at 1pm
BYO Lunch and Bevs.

Its Bands, Bevs and BBQs Week 8, we’re excited for this one! Indie pop-rock artist Noah Dillon will be taking over BBB. His tracks are raw, grungy indie rock gold. It’s going to be 💣 !

Loving his heart-felt tack Hello Dear ❤️: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSsFHWqS7xM

WHEN?
🍺 From 1-2pm on Tuesday 22nd September.
🍔 Tune in at 1pm by clicking on the Live video which will appear on the UMSU Activities Facebook page! We’ll also share it in the event here.

🍺 Head to the FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/3126904087390028/

GET TO KNOW NOAH DILLON👇
Singer-songwriter Noah Dillon blends elements of indie rock and alternative folk in a cathartic concoction of raw emotion and euphoric soundscapes. Taking inspiration from emotive, personal song writing with big pop sensibilities, expect to dance, laugh and cry all the same time.

Noah Dillon was selected as Triple J Unearthed feature artist in May, played the first Isol-aid festival, and has just signed with New World Artists. Glowing praise for the recent single “Mathew McConaughey” has propelled the band into the hearts of Australia.