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Nouse can exclusively reveal that this year's Freshers Festival will be headlined by singer-songwriter RAYE, best known for providing vocals for Jax Jones' 2016 single You Don't Know Me, which peaked at number three in the charts, Jonas Blue's 2016 single By Your Side, and her 2017 single Decline. RAYE, from London, came third in BBC Music's Sound of 2017, and supported Rita Ora earlier this year on her The Girls Tour.
Joining headliner RAYE at the festival will be Radio 1 DJ Dev, host of the Weekend Breakfast Show alongside Alice Levine. Having played Radio 1 Big Weekends and Ibiza, alongside producing for a variety of bands, Dev's TV career has also seen him take on the likes of Celebrity Masterchef, host a range of iPlayer documentaries, and host backstage for the BAFTA TV awards.
Indie identical twin duo Lost Tiger are also set to appear, marking the seventh leg of their freshers' tour which also includes the likes of Bristol, Bath, and Plymouth. York's own drag queen act Haus of Dench, known for the popular club night Lip Sync Lollapalooza and who also featured at Summer Ball and last year's Freshers Festival round out the local performers, alongside the largest ever number of student acts.
Freshers' Festival, to be held in Vanbrugh Bowl on Saturday 29 September, the evening after Freshers' Fair, will this year for the first time feature two themed 'zones'. The Hashtag Zone will include a VW photo booth van alongside plenty of other photo opportunities and a hashtag printer. Attendees who upload any photo to social media with '#LoveYork' during the event will get a free pint, with the zone being described as 'the perfect place to get together with your new friends, make some memories and remember the biggest week of university!'
For those feeling tired out by freshers' week, the Chill-Out Zone includes free Indian head massages, mini-mindfulness workshops, DJ Yoga, and more. A range of food stalls, a whiskey bar, and activities from student groups across campus round out the festival, which runs from 6:30 - 11:00.
Tickets for Freshers' Festival cost £20, which includes entry to an after party at Fibbers. Tickets can be purchased from the YUSU website.