Saturday, 17 October 2009

Club Review; The Forum

Name: The Forum
Location: University of Hertfordshire, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

This new £38million pound venue was built to replace the existing student union club, Font Bar, which they are soon to convert into offices. The Forum is now the largest venue between Hertfordshire and London, and has already played host to some big names and acts despite being open for less than a month. It is the home of some of the UKs biggest and most renowned student nights, including Flirt, Bonk, and the newest addition, indie night 'Propaganda'. It also hosts Hertfordshires biggest alternative music night, F-Alt.

The Forum

In terms of layout, The Forum is quite similiar to Oceana clubs, in that it has several seperate rooms that party-goers can wander between throughout the night.

The Auditorium:

This is the main club room, that boasts an enormous dance floor, stage, three large bars, seating areas, and incredible lighting and sound systems. The dance floor is lined by two staircases that lead up to the Balcony Bar, the auditoriums fourth bar that overlooks the dancefloor.

Next to the Auditorium is the Style Bar, the Forum's very own cocktail lounge that provides a stylish and relaxing space to chill out with your favourite cocktail when you fancy a break from the dance floor. Not forgetting this is a student venue, it is impressive to have a cocktail lounge on campus, let alone one that stocks champagne for those students with expensive taste, and a bottomless student loan;p

Up another flight of stairs is the Attic, a much smaller club room than the Auditorium, with a dancefloor and bar, that plays host to a different genre of music than downstairs, depending on the night, to create even more diversity and choice for the students.

In the month that The Forum has been open, acts such as No. 1 artist Chipmunk, Wiley, Vengaboys, Britain's Got Talent winners Diversity, The Doves, Funeral for a Friend, Hadouken! and bigname Ministry of Sound DJ Joshua Roberts have graced the Auditorium stage, and acts such as N Dubz and Deadmau5 are booked to appear in the near future.

For nights such as Bonk and Flirt, the Forum has a student only policy, in which members of the public can only attend if accompanying a UH student, however on other nights the venue is open to the public.

It is definately a very impressive venue and a guaranteed good night out, but definately a young persons venue as it has a very prominant student vibe about it. As a UH student of three years, I must say I miss the homely and familiar feeling of the Font Bar (RIP!) but the Forum is definately what student unions are all about:)

Classic pre-Forum pose!
Dress: £20 New Look
Shoes: £60 Topshop
Wine: £cheap and cheerful Lambrini from Asda haha..poor student much?!

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend

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