As we are now well into the season of spring, the St Andrews Polo Club held their annual Charity Polo Match this past Saturday. The event, held on Errol Park Estate, was a perfect escape from the bubble and a good way to celebrate the end of coursework deadlines. I have not been to a polo match before; however, after hearing great things of the last few tournaments I thought I would give it a shot. I can honestly say I have never been to or experienced an event like it.
Once again, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson unite on-screen for the sequel to one of 2015’s most anticipated movies. The Fifty Shades of Grey series by E.L. James captured millions with its steamy sex scenes and enticing Mr. Grey, quickly becoming one of literature’s all-time best sellers. The erotic novels have become a guilty pleasure of many; however, translating from page to screen has shown to lose some of its appeal.
After years of silence, The xx are back with ten fresh new tracks in their third studio album, I See You. The band – comprised of lead vocalist and guitarist Romy Madley Croft, bassist Oliver Sim, and percussionist Jamie “xx” Smith – have released tour dates for the album, several of which sold out in minutes. I See You’s release has been both highly demanded and anticipated. Now, it is here, and it is genuinely stunning.
“The worst thing would be to…look back and think of all the things that one could have tried and could have done, and think – why didn’t I do that?”
There is a particular frisson to the Mermaids Christmas Ball that you either love or hate— and, generally, people belonging to the latter party are people who have cold memories of sitting in the rain at 3am. Thankfully they made the decision to move to online ticket sales which, while causing a lot of controversy, meant there weren’t students dying of hypothermia clogging up the streets in the early hours of a Scottish winter morning. In a St Andrews with events failing left, right and centre, Christmas Ball will never not sell out; something the Mermaids are right to be thrilled with, as it enables them to take shows to the Fringe every summer in the name of #art.
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.
Hosted by Sanskriti, the University’s South Asian society, Bindi promised a night of music, drinks and dancing, and it certainly did not disappoint. Starting as they meant to go on, guests flocked to the dance floor the moment the DJ began his set. The music was an eclectic mix of Bollywood and Bhangra, creating an upbeat and lively vibe that ensured it was the standout feature of the night. The committee had even sourced a dholi for the occasion, a traditional Punjabi drummer. This added another dimension to the music, and really brought the party to life. Trust me when I say it’s impossible not to dance along to the rhythm of a dhol.
As an avid movie-goer and psychological-thriller fanatic, I was incredibly excited to find out that Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train was being adapted into a film. Told from the perspective of Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt), Megan Hipwell (Haley Bennett), and Anna Watson (Rebecca Ferguson), the voices of these three women are woven together to create a complex and disturbingly brilliant masterpiece.
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.
The St. Andrews Charity Polo Tournament epitomizes the stereotypical “St. Andrews” social life: colourful trousers, hunter wellies and champagne. Arriving to a beautiful estate in the Fife countryside, it felt like an ideal escape from the Bubble. Whilst I had expected the vibes to be fairly “Made in Chelsea”, I was slightly bemused to be met with girls lounging on sports cars and boys playing croquet upon entering the estate. But it was also clear that nobody was taking themselves too seriously and everyone was up for a good time.