At the end of break, St Andrews transforms from a coastal town with an empty castle to one where students flood the streets and (too soon) the library. Yet all the bustle of plane rides and train trips and those few blissful days before classes begin are a minor stir compared to the ten-day long creative frenzy of On The Rocks. And this year, the committee is looking for eager volunteers to help make the festival better than ever.
What makes a festival? Look it up in an Oxford dictionary and you will find, ‘a festival oriented towards music that is sometimes presented with a theme such as musical genre, nationality, or locality of musicians, or holiday.’ Did Starfields do this definition justice? Well, they made a solid effort to replicate the characteristics of a music festival; day drinking, outdoor live music, food vans and the heady mix of flower crowns and glitter that festival-goers adorn.
Bright blue skies are predicted, you’ve stored up a small amount of energy after freshers to hit the town one more time, but what are you going to wear? Take a moment to glance at your wardrobe. Angrily stomp around the room for a minute. Ponder whether ASOS can deliver in a day if you wish REALLY REALLY hard. Then take a look at this.
We have our flower crowns at the ready as Starfields draws out the summer for one final festival.
In excited anticipation for the Edinburgh Coffee Festival this weekend, I spoke with one of the event organisers, Annie Wheeler, to find out all about the event itself and the organisers behind this wonderful new festival!
‘Escape the Bubble’ is a wee slice of something going on outside of our wonderful town, if you ever feel like you want to explore further afield. In the first article of the series, we look at Electric Fields, a Scottish music festival.
Under Canvas is one of those unique events where a pair of stilettos or a black bow tie would simply be blasphemous. 25/04/15 will be about embracing your colourful alter ego; where shoes will be worn out of necessity not decoration. Get ready; it’s festival time in St. Andrews.
The Blender was a step away from any other Refreshers or RAG Week event. The elegance of the newly-reonvated Byre theatre set the ambience for an event of truly polished young musical talent, put together by Jazz Scotland and Fife Jazz week. Artists from all over Scotland – including St Andrews – gathered for a musical collaboration like no other. It was wonderful to have such incredible music brought here, rather than traveling to a city centre.
FFALL is a brand new event coming to St Andrews in the next couple of weeks (25.10.14). I caught up with Leo Bargery, FFALL’s co-director to see what it’s all about…