Sam Smith at the O2:

One of my favourite things about studying at Aston has always been its location. Being central to the city, the doorsteps of Aston student accommodation are filled with things to do. As a first year, my best friend’s birthday present to me was tickets to see One Republic at Birmingham’s O2 academy and after that experience, I knew I’d love to come back to see more artists at the same venue. Situated just past New Street Station, the O2 is a short walk from campus, eliminating the need to make travel arrangements and be packed onto public transport at peak times. As well as the location, I liked the size of the academy because it fosters an intimate performance with the ability to feel close to the performer no matter where you’re standing/ seated. Also, due to the small size of the venue, you don’t have to spend hours queing because you’re close to the artist regardless. Sam Smith was amazing, I can’t wait to see Ben Howard!