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”.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
To all new students, welcome to the Bubble! For the returners, you all know that Freshers’ Week is the time to reconnect with friends after the break and kick off the semester with a bit of dancing and imbibing. What better way to welcome in the start of term than a night out with DONT WALK?
It’s week seven and time to dust off your dust sheets with Halloween on the horizon. Bond is back this week as Craig graces our screens once more in ‘Spectre’. While Sam Smith’s theme might leave a lot to be desired, the new 007 film is set to meet the high standards of its predecessor ‘Skyfall’. Also, returning to the screen is British favourites Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins in the BBC TV adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s play ‘The Dresser’. ‘The Dresser’ centres on the head of a Shakespearean theatre company (Hopkins) and his stage hand (McKellen) as they struggle to perform King Lear during the worst days of the Blitz in WW2. Back for another instalment is the Live Lounge hosted by Music is Love and STAR with a line-up of student musicians to enjoy with a coffee in Rectors this Thursday. New to the Barron is student-written play ‘Miracle Material’ which tells the story of Nat caught in a media storm and storm of different opinions after a freak accident. Also new this week is Colum McCann’s collection of short stories ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking’. Each of the three stories focuses on time in the present, memory and in anticipation through a missing child, a struggling writer and a nun suffering from dementia.
The Rector’s Café was busy as usual on a Friday afternoon – friends gossiping, heads buried in books, a few flirting with their espressos. The anticipation of the weekend fluttered through the air as the bright gray light began to fade outside. I waited anxiously for him to arrive. Luke Sital-Singh is one of my favorite singer-songwriters of all time and has been a staple of my “Recently Played” playlist for years. He was here to promote his new EP “The Breakneck Speed of Tomorrow.” Dark-haired, with a mix of Indian and Jamaican heritage, the South West Londoner with a Welsh background arrived at 4:45 PM in an Audi with just his tour manager and guitar. Wearing a cerulean blue peacoat over a light gray t-shirt reading “je t’aime” underlined by an infinity sign, and black jeans with New Balance sneakers, he walked into the Union and was met by Chris MacRae, the Director of Events and Services. He did a sound check, which, for anyone not planning on staying for his performance, must have caused a change of mind; all the while, I sat, fidgeting and shaking my leg out of eagerness, waiting to interview him.
Let me start by saying, having heard reviews from friends last year about SGP I was a little apprehensive about going. I needn’t have been. The night begun with an excited crowd of boho clad students, being whisked away on a school type bus to the Cambo estate. Greeted by two live cows, fairy lights and free crisps (thanks to Piper’s, a very well chosen sponsor in my view) I knew I was in for a good night.
The Live Lounge is the latest offering from the Music is Love and Star Radio collaboration. Broadcast from Rectors on Thursday evenings, offering a unique platform to showcase the wealth of talent in St. Andrews. The Live Lounge has been an idea long in the making; we spoke to Amy Hill, the Live Lounge’s presenter to find out more.