On a grey Saturday in a St Andrews November, I faced the elements to experience On the Rocks’ new venture, On The Pebbles. The student-run arts festival had wished to expand their presence beyond their ten day festival in April. Thus, On The Pebbles was born. It was a fusion of St Andrews University’s creative elements and talents in a new, interesting and extremely enjoyable way.
The Jazz Café, hosted by the Lumsden Club in Sandy’s Bar, as part of the On the Rocks Festival, was a night of both intimate acoustic music and brash, fabulous, big band standards. The packed bar chatted spiritedly throughout, as the venue as a café and not a concert greatly added to the relaxed feel of the evening.
On The Rocks is one of the best assets this town has. I say that not as someone who has any affiliations to it, but as someone who is old enough to enjoy an event with crayons AND alcohol. The OTR launch event held last night at the Rule was almost eclectic and diverse enough to give a real taste of what they have in store for us.
The countdown has begun. With just five weeks to go until On The Rocks returns for its sixth year, we catch up with festival director, Emily Rogers. Incorporating art, photography, film, fashion, theatre, dance, music and comedy events to create a week-long celebration of student talent, On The Rocks is most definitely a highlight in the university calendar. Event applications are in, volunteers have been recruited, promo has begun – time to get the low-down on what this year’s festival has in store…
On The Rocks has become the biggest student-run arts festival in Scotland, and if you haven’t heard about it, why not?! It showcases art, photography, film, theatre, dance, fashion, music and comedy from students and the wider community. What’s more, it can claim Sean Connery, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Siobhan Redmond, Crispin Bonham Carter, Joanna Lumley and Simon Pegg as festival patrons.