If there is one thing that St Andrews is known for across the nation, it is that we, the students, love lavish events and attend them regularly. We convey this illusory image that the price does not matter – we are willing to pay for it – but I know that that is not the truth for a majority of students. In fact, we want to guarantee that our money is going towards something great and, when the Kate Kennedy committee proposes an event that starts at £45, we want the reassurance that skimping on cheaper meals for the next few weeks will be worth it. It is safe to say, however, that the KK knows what they are doing. On the eve of May Dip this year, the Kinkell Byre hosted – handily – one of the most entertaining nights of the year.
Not knowing what to expect from Szentek, Thursday night had me trying on – and subsequently rejecting – every outfit in my wardrobe. As it turns out, I needn’t have worried. Upon arriving, it quickly became clear that I wasn’t the only one who was uncertain as to the dress code. Guests were wearing everything from glitter covered jumpsuits with skyscraper heels to cut offs, neon face paint and trainers. Bizarrely though, it all seemed to work. Even the dressiest outfit did not seem out of place against the venue’s aesthetic, and the atmosphere was far from self conscious.
The most unusual of dress codes in the most standard of St. Andrew’s settings. In my fourth year I couldn’t resist the one last time to give my social life some welly, at Welly Ball. Welly ball holds a warm place in my heart. Comfy shoes, a sparkly Kinkell and copious amounts of students (who aren’t all from St Andrew’s), what’s not to love? Even better is the fact that the Welly Ball proceeds go to supports the mental health charity Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. A charity that aims to educate on the topic of mental wellbeing, in particular, warning signs of depression. This is an important cause for all students to pay special attention to.
It is finally that time of year! Autumn has well and truly settled in and heavier coats and scarves have been making their appearance all throughout town. And autumn means that it is (at last) time for Halloween!
Saturday was a peculiar day for the residents of St Andrews; the annual sight of swarms of students pretending to be Bavarian drew many a confused glance from locals, and given that this was my first Oktoberfest, I was more used to giving said glances than receiving them. However, for this one day I set aside my British roots and wrestled into a pair of Lederhosen (surprisingly comfortable).
After the success of the previous fashion shows I was curious to find out how DONT WALK was going to stand out from the others. With a string of excellent events held both last semester and this semester, DONT WALK’s annual fashion show in Kinkel Byre had a lot to live up to. As always, they did not let us down.
The final fashion show before the break is fast approaching. Don’t Walk may be the last, but by no means least. Famous for pushing creative boundaries and recruiting an impressive line-up of talented designers. Victoria Skeie sat down with their Head of Fashion to get a sneak preview of what we can expect this Saturday at Kinkell.
The Mermaids Committee held their annual Christmas Ball in the Kinkell Byre, this year with a quirky theme: Harry Potter. A bold move on the Mermaids’ part, to offer up a night that so many of us book and film fans have dreamed of, and especially after the nightmare that was ticket sales, attendees were expecting magic. Overall? It was lacklustre, it was ’meh’. Across the spectrum, from music to giveaways, they offered us a night that had some entertaining moments, but was definitely flawed.
It was an evening which combined the two things that St. Andrews students just can’t seem to get enough of: Gumboots, wellies or Wellington boots by any other name, and balls. Welly Ball is organised in conjunction with the St. Andrews Challenge, a clay pigeon shooting competition which brings together shooters from all over the country. The after-party was preceded by a two-course dinner, and was held in the beautiful and picturesque Kinkell Byre, a mere coach ride away from St. Andrews, which swelled the number of guests from 500 to 750. Eden Mill Distillery and Emily Fruit Crisps sponsored the event and proceeds from the event went to the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.
Welly Ball; the night of the year where the two things that St. Andrews loves so much are combined to make one perfect evening. As the official after party to the St Andrews Clay Pigeon shoot, this is a Ball with a difference. The attendees can ditch the stilettos, brogues and any other items of appropriate formal footwear, as (you’ve guessed it), the foot dress code is the Wellington boot, from Hunters to Joules in all colours of the rainbow. The evening is divided into a dinner and an after party, with 750 and 800 guests respectively, and this year’s headline act is “Model Aeroplanes”, with “The Black Sheep Music Society”, “Ali Ellis” and “Joe Jones” also performing. This year the event is being sponsored by Eden Mill Distillery and Emily Fruit Crisps and being held at Kinkell Byre which boats a beautiful and dramatic view of St. Andrews Bay and the North Sea, if you can drag yourself away from the dance floor long enough to look at it. With all proceeds going to the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, the evening promises the opportunity to eat, drink and be merry into the small hours in true St. Andrews style.