Butler Day and Meet the Angels Weekend – 2nd-3rd June 2012

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The first weekend of June will certainly be a weekend to come back to Butler for.  There will be a Meet the Angels event on Saturday 2nd June and then one of the events of the year, Butler Day, on Sunday 3rd.  A festival atmosphere will be brought to Butler, with 2 live music stages, fairground rides, and of course plenty of food and drink.  A free music festival – what’s not to love?  Above is a slideshow with some photos of Butler Days from years gone by to tickle your tastebuds.

Meet the Angels – Sat 2nd June

In Epiphany Term, the Butler Angels scheme really took flight (excuse the pun…).  After extensive publicity and development of the scheme, lots of students have been talking about it.  And not only talking, but also using.  The website and Angel profiles get more views that ever before, and more and more of our students are using the site to contact Angels and gain valuable advice in their career and postgraduate applications.

To cap off a fine year for the Angels scheme, we will be running a Meet the Angels evening on Saturday 2nd June.  This is an idea that sprang from the 5th Anniversary Gala Dinner in November 2011.  Some of our students and alumni discussed the possibility of an event bringing together alumni and current students for an informal get-together.  And here we are!

So, starting at 6:30pm on Saturday 2nd June, alumni and current students will meet at Josephine Butler College for a buffet and drinks.  There will be a short presentation about the Angels, then hopefully one or two short presentations from Angels about general tips for job searching and applications.  Once the Angels have been introduced, current students and Angels will mingle over the buffet and drinks.  We are hoping for around 15 to 20 Angels to attend this event.  Spaces will be limited for students (to around 40-50).  If you are an alum interested in being a part of this inaugural Meet the Angels event, please email andrew.hodgetts@durham.ac.uk.

Butler Day – Sun 3rd June

Then on Sunday 3rd June, all Butler alumni are welcome to Butler Day 2012!  You will remember that this is one of the days of the year, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever.  Organisers Lieha Parry and Craig Mawston are planning a day with a real music festival atmosphere.  There will be 2 stages, one indoor and one outdoor, meaning that there will be more bands crammed into one day than ever before!  There will be performances from both Butler students and external musicians.  There will even be a slot on stage for a Butler alumnus and his band; Joe Alderson will be bringing his folk band The Sail Pattern to Butler Bar, who play a ‘raucous broadside of folk.’  Check out their songs below and visit their Facebook and Band Camp page, where you can download their digital album, Hold Fast.  The Sail Pattern took Butler Bar by storm in Epiphany Term, playing a phenomenal set which went down incredibly with the audience.

On top of the music, there will be fairground rides galore, as well as plenty of food.  And of course a huge variety of drinks as has become tradition, with a real ale/cider/wine bar.

It would be great to have you back at Butler for this weekend.  Don’t forget, if you are interested in being a part of the Meet the Angels evening or have any questions about it, please get in touch with andrew.hodgetts@durham.ac.uk.

Andy Hodgetts, Alumni Relations Assistant 2011/12


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The Butler Alumni blog is aimed at all alumni of Josephine Butler College, Durham University. We aim to keep you in the loop with interesting interviews with alumni and current Butler students, reviews of Butler events and updates on what is going on in both the College and alumni communities. The blog is edited and managed by the Alumni Relations Assistant, Sally Crawford, but she is always looking for ideas or volunteer writers to help make the posts more interesting and interactive! If you're interested in contributing to the blog, Sally would be thrilled to hear from you at jbalumni.association@durham.ac.uk.
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2 Responses to Butler Day and Meet the Angels Weekend – 2nd-3rd June 2012

  1. butleralumni says:

    The line-up for Butler Day will be released at a later date and posted on here to keep everyone updated!

  2. butleralumni says:

    Full line-up and confirmed ents/activities for Butler Day 2012:

    Previous Fake Festival headliners, playing venues all over the UK, Channel Islands, Europe and Asia, Really Hot Chili Peppers are ‘something else’ according to Fake Festivals organiser, Jez Lee. Lead singer, Alastair Jamieson, is a ‘whirlwind of energy’ and could easily be mistaken for Anthony Kiedis, and the band have been described as ‘even on stage presence alone, even better than the real thing!’

    The UK’s leading tribute to Take That, Take That Again have just returned from storming Europe and assure us that they’re ‘Back For Good’ and ready to ‘Shine’. Ready to recreate the Take That magic with classic hits such as ‘A Million Love Songs’ and ‘Never Forget’, right up to the present day with the ‘Progress’ album.

    Books and Covers is the work of Sam Wright from Newcastle, who describes his sound as folk/indie but likes to experiment with genres. Sam has been writing since he was 16, and recently supported the fresh talent that is King Charles on his tour of the North East.

    The Sail Pattern offer up a raucous broadside of folk, encompassing original songs, plus their own arrangements of shanties and other traditional songs. With a shared passion for playing folk music they have gigged relentlessly all over the UK and won a reputation for energetic and memorable live performances, including their recent incredible performance at Butler Live.

    Corner Jam are a five piece consisting of Vocals, Saxophone, Keys, Bass and Drums who, despite having their roots in Durham, regularly gig for wider audiences throughout the UK. Since meeting at Durham, they have grown into one of the most impressive musical acts in the North-East, earning themselves a weekly residency at Osbourne’s. They draw influence from a wide range of music styles including Jazz, Hip-Hop, R&B, Funk and Pop.

    Durham music scene favourite, Sam Jones, had a revelation this summer and realised ’emotions aren’t so bad’ and after a summer of song writing, created something authentic and honest whilst balancing it against keeping it interesting. And so, Sam Idwal, was born. It’s obviously proving successful, as he took the crown as Durham Unplugged winner in March of this year.

    North East rockers Last Transmission are fast on the rise in the local music scene, having just released a 3-track EP and recently supported Boy Jumps Ship and are set to record an album this summer. Their raw rock guitar riffs and “anthemic, catchy, killer hooks” make them a band to watch out for.

    Female fronted The Silence are a 5 piece band with an extremely catchy pop rock sound. They look set to go on to good things, after touring Spain last summer and recently having just returned from America to play the Florida Music Festival after signing a record contract with a Miami producer!

    Often described as creating a refreshing combination of rap, indie, hip hop and alternative sounds, Lo and Behold can be regarded as probably one of the most innovative musical outfits to have emerged from Durham in recent years. What began as an acoustic rap duo little more than two years ago, has now developed into a four-piece ensemble featuring keyboard, guitars, bass and drums.

    Hop into the magical musical land of Hannah and the Hedgehogs. Free from tickly-prickles, Hannah and Xander create happy, spirited acoustic style music up in the hilly North East. Combining soft gentle vocals with acoustic guitar, brilliant bass lines and super cool cajon work (aka the “box”) the multi-instrumentalists bring distinct heart warming thoughtful sounds to their performances.

    Tweet to the live feed @ButlerDay2012 on June 3rd with your requests and messages and they will displayed live in the bar all day, with your requests being played later on in the night by our DJ, Dave Munroe.
    Follow the twitter account here: https://twitter.com/#!/​ButlerDay2012

    Also featuring:
    Josh Mason
    Sophie Hammill
    Craig Mawston
    Jack King & Taha Abrar
    George Wade & Laura Creed
    Anna Costello & Owen Franklin’s 90s tribute
    Rozi Prekop
    Butler Barbershop
    Gabie, Ben & Andy
    Butler Choir
    Josh & Sophie
    Beth Fraser & Alex Peach
    Butler Troupe

    24 Acts across 2 stages!

    Waltzer ~ Human Table Football ~ Human Bowling ~ 50ft Inflatable Assault Course

    T-shirts on sale soon, £6 for a professionally designed cardinal red or gold shirt. Look out for further info in the coming weeks. Limited supply, so don’t delay!

    Breakfast punch reception at 12pm to kick things off. Complimentary glass of summer punch. Sausage and bacon sandwiches on sale for £1. Limited numbers, so get to the bar for 12 to ensure you don’t miss out.

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