The beauty of terrible tunes at Shitenite

Amy Donohoe is asking the hard-hitting question, why do we love Shitenite so much?

Image Credit: Tomekah George

Nubar is a place where you can always spot a friendly face and colourful couches (minus one) along with getting the scent of Jack Slattery’s.

It’s a place where there are two purposes for salt, you can put it on your €5 goujons and chips or, you can have it alongside a tequila shot.

It’s a night where students come together to sing and dance to the best worst songs ever.

The three main men who dedicate their Tuesday nights to work at this event are Dave, Allan, and Ashley. Without them, the best night in a DCU week would be non-existent.

You can wear what you wore to lectures that day to the casual night, unless you’re going “out out” to Coppers after, there is no need to dress up for Shitenite.

The night usually begins with over 20 people crammed in a Larkfield room for pre-drinks and a walk through the sports centre en route to get grim three euro cans and a ridiculous amount of Jagerbombs.

Entry is €2, unless you are one of the fortunate ones that own a blue card which provides free entry to those who religiously dedicate their Tuesday nights to Shitenite, and their Wednesday mornings to emailing lecturers informing them that they won’t be attending the lecture.

But why do we love this terrible night? It’s a night where you don’t have to be embarrassed about enjoying the cheesiest tunes, you should be embarrassed if you don’t know them at Shitenite.

Our musical choices reflect important aspects of our personality, and DJ Damo embraces that. Humans love reputation, and pop music provides it. We feel more safe and comfortable interacting with something we are already familiar with, and that’s what Shitenite provides.

“I think Shite Nite has become the cornerstone of the social life of the majority of DCU students. Even before I came to DCU I had heard of how great Shitenite was and since my very first week over 2 years ago, I’ve barely missed a week. I’ve yet to come across an event like it.” Blue Card holder, Orla McGovern said.

“The fact that you can pay only €2 for a night of Westlife, S Club 7, and everything in between is something no other night out can give, I mean you really can’t beat it” she continued.

“The atmosphere is always so positive and completely different to any other night out. Shitenite has just become part of my weekly routine and without it I don’t think DCU would be the same” she concluded.

It doesn’t take long until you’re on the sticky dancefloor raving to the songs. Even if you get lost in the crowd, you’re not alone, Shitenite has a welcoming atmosphere and it’s the music that brings strangers together.

Have you ever seen a sad person at Shitenite? Probably not, this is due to music and mood being intimately connected in some non-physical way.

Science confirms that humans are wired to respond to music. There is something going on when listening to music besides sound waves, the mechanism of the ear, and synapses firing in the brain.

If you hear a certain song every time you are out with friends having fun you’ll start to associate the particular song with positive feelings.

Every Shitenite, people dread hearing the Eastenders theme song, because that’s when you know the night is over and students start getting moved out of the bar like cattle.

Music shapes and reflects society, and in DCU, music unites people of different cultural backgrounds, whether you’re from France, Italy or Cavan, Nubar unites us all.

Image Credit: Tomekah George

Amy Donohoe