MAY BALL 2019: REVIEWED

Sunday saw the latest edition of the Kate Kennedy Charity May Ball, traditionally the year’s largest and most esteemed event — this year’s instalment was no different. At the end of April, the KK oversee the Gaudie, a torchlit procession down the pier in honour of John Honey, a student who in 1800 rescued victims from a nearby shipwreck. For many, this is the last event of this year: a fitting final act for not only the Candlemas semester but for the academic year (ignoring the daunting prospect of graduation for the elderly among us). The KK May Ball provided the joie de vivre before the uncertainty of these exams and, with Kinkell Byre as the backdrop, achieved exactly the kind of night we were all in need of. The KK is proud that: “The May Ball has donated tens of thousands of pounds to local and Scottish charities throughout its long history and continues to raise awareness of important causes both in Fife and across the country”.

AMBASSADOR’S BALL: REVIEWED

With the largest department in the university and a reputation that has attracted thousands of students from all over the world, hearing that this year’s Ambassador’s Ball was the first in their history almost made me do a double-take. But I can confirm – as I have asked many times – that this year marks an impressive milestone for the International Relations Department, with the launch of their inaugural ball.

DONT WALK 2019: REVIEWED

DONT WALK: Sorgiamo stayed true to its word this week, as the event rose from the ashes on a new date, at a new venue, but with all the glitz and glamour one has come to expect from the DW committee. Originally scheduled to happen on the 2nd of March but cancelled due to safety fears, many were left wondering what was to come of the event: would a rescheduling hurt ticket sales, what would happen with rebooking acts, and the logistics of having to put on a whole new show.

OKTOBERFEST 2019: REVIEWED

Even following last year’s cancellation, and with the threat of this year’s event going the same way after DONT WALK’s postponement, Oktoberfest 2019 proved a unmitigated triumph. Having an Oktoberfest celebration in March… in Scotland… may not seem like the most sound recipe for success for an event. Yet the committee managed it superbly, organising an all-day affair to rival the Polo in April with a hall decked with three bars and traditional German decorations.

DRAFP BALL 2019: REVIEWED

DRA Ball, typically the largest of the hall balls with a huge budget, took place last weekend on Lower College Lawn, bringing the first of the more typical black-tie events for second semester. With free sweets upon entry and huge resident/non-resident ticket sales, anticipation built for a party that famously (verging on infamously) promises good music and good times. The tent was decorated almost as if you were looking through a blue Pablo, and the Atlantis-esque theme with Grecian statues proved understated decoration – after all, you never want to go too overboard on a zany theme for a standard black-tie ball.

A Cappella Christmas Concert: Reviewed

At the earlier time of 3:30pm (whether this is to avoid collision with Christmas Ball pres is up for debate), the Acapella Society committee scheduled a holiday bonanza this year. All six St Andrews groups performed alongside worldwide hit, Trinity College Dublin’s The Trinitones, following their successful US-tour and having gained 23 million views on their viral video of a George Ezra medley. This event, supporting Music in Hospitals & Care Scotland (MiHC), helped not only to boost the town’s morale in the longer, darker nights, but also to raise much-needed funds for a charity whose “live musical sessions are designed to humanise clinical settings, to reach and connect people, to encourage communication and meaningful interactions and to elicit emotions and memories when it matters most.”

Mermaids Christmas Ball 2018: Reviewed

From thousands of twinkling lights, to multiple chocolate fountains and spirited Christmas music, guests truly fell down the rabbit hole at this year’s Mermaid’s Christmas Ball. Christmas Ball is always one of the most anticipated nights of the year, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Everyone was having a fabulous time, whether it was their first time or their fourth.

Up Next: Szentek

This week, the annual one-day phenomenon that is Szentek descends upon St Andrews’s Kinkell Byre, promising “an eclectic sensory extravaganza” of art and music. When one thinks of nightlife in this small East Fife town, minds might wander to bowties and ballgowns – but Szentek (Hungarian for “Saint”) promises once again to be a breath of fresh air. Offering an underground alternative to students and a larger platform for electronic music, Szentek fosters young local creative potential from behind the decks to on the canvas.

Welly Ball 2018: Reviewed

While ‘The Challenge’ may sound like a cringey 5pm game show, it is actually an annual November shooting competition that brings over 140 shots from universities around the country to East Fife. Some might see the Welly Ball that follows as a quintessentially St Andrews event – playing host to thousands of students in ball gowns, tweed, and most importantly, wellies – but it remains one of the few cross-university events that the town hosts, with attendees from as far as Exeter. The Clay Pigeon Shooting Club somehow manages a finely-tuned schedule starting with a day for the shots and then followed by a ball for both Dinner and After Party guests, greatly to their credit. Welly 2018, though not without its detractions, was yet again a fun experience, with the proceeds going to a great cause. Plus, it had the added bonus of Wellington boots as a barrier both to the usual mud, and toe-stepping revelry of Kinkell.