Alternative Music Society

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The Alternative Music Society aims to provide students with a safe, yet exciting opportunity to widen their friendships with those who enjoy music - particularly with those who identify with music that lie outside the norm of mainstream pop. 

Alt Soc focuses on encouraging students to explore their music taste and collaborate with others alike. We particularly want to ensure those with niche or new music interests are able to explore their passion and expose other members to new sounds. Some examples of Alternative Music include:

·         Indie Rock

·         Punk

·         Heavy Metal

·         Pirate Metal

·         Alternative Rap

·         Reggae

·         Jazz

·         Acoustic


The society organises weekly meet-ups, generally on a Monday, which coincides with the biweekly event, Detention, which is run by the Student Union. During these, we plan which events/gigs/performances we want to attend. For example, heading to DISTRICT which is held once a month at the Railway Inn, headbanging our way to Detention or showing our support at a local comedy gig. The society places a strong emphasis on ensuring the safety of our members when it comes to travelling to and attending events. As such, students do not have to worry so much about their own personal safety and can enjoy events within a large group of friends.

Additionally, the society engages in many discussions surrounding current and topical music-related stories (e.g. the apparent link between alternative music and mental health & the Lana Del Ray and Radiohead plagiarism controversy), members’ own music-related passions, and how to support local music and new artists in the South of England. As a society, we pride ourselves on creating a safe space to discuss and debate these issues and have a clear expectation that members listen to each other, have respect for each other and can contribute constructive feedback.

Given the infancy of the society, it is still growing in numbers and developing its direction. For example, the group hopes to start a music blog/music writing feature for the university, organise various events, and hopes to attract more members that can bring a diverse musical palette (e.g. Norwegian punk or Japanese Heavy Metal). Nevertheless, the society has achieved greatly. This is emphasised by winning the Student Union Award, ‘Best New Society’ in 2017, and intends to build off this momentum.


To join our society and/or to keep updated with all of our new and exciting plans, make sure you follow us on social media:


Facebook: UoW Alternative Music Society

Instagram: altsocwinch


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Terms and conditions

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Where a sport or society has a competitive element or other external factors that affect the number of participants, your membership may be subject to criteria other than joining the group via this website. If this results in your membership not being able to accepted, you will be informed (with any relevant details) and your membership will be refunded.


Membership will not normally be refunded if you cease being a student, voluntarily end your membership or you are subject to disciplinary action that removes your membership status.


For any and all queries about membership please contact your chair/captain or email