Music Society pack out Firebug for Varsity victory

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De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU)’s Music Society have claimed back their precious trophy from the University of Leicester (UoL) in one of the first Societies Varsity fixtures of the year.

The society, representing De Montfort University (DMU) in the ‘Battle of the Bands’ at a sold-out Firebug earlier this month, faced off against their counterparts from UoL’s Band and Gig Society.


The two societies performed to more than 200 people at a packed out Firebug in the city centre.

Tom Carnell, a third-year Music, Technology and Performance student and secretary of the DMU Music Society, said: “It felt absolutely brilliant [to win]! We, as a committee, are so incredibly proud of our society.

“Not just for the people who performed, but all who attended – the support for all the performers from the audience was fantastic.”

The competitive ‘fixture’ was played out with four acts for each university, with a mixture of groups, soloists and instrumentalists.

“It worked so it alternated between the universities,” Tom explained. “We don’t like to see music as a competitive art, [so] even Varsity had a community spirit about it and both universities supported each other.”


The fixture was composed of a mixture of groups, soloists and instrumentalists.

This was the third Varsity fixture that the society have competed in; and with victory the historic score now stands at 2-1 to DMU. And Tom was pleased that societies are able to throw down the gauntlet like their fellow #TeamDMU members from DMU’s sports teams.

“It’s great,” he said. “Obviously sports clubs have much more competitive [fixtures] than we do, so it is nice to be recognised as a society too.”

And what about other societies thinking of taking part? Tom said: “Do it! As musicians it was great to meet each other and network.

“We made new friends from it and discovered some really good artists we would not have heard if it wasn’t for our Varsity. We will probably end up working with those bands in the future.

“I would love to thank the UoL Band and Gig Society for being a part of Varsity with us, and also to all 200 people who came to support our event.”

You can see a full album of pictures from the fixture on the society’s Facebook page.

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The win means DMU's record against UoL in Music Society fixtures now stands out 2-1.

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