On The Rocks 2019: What not to miss

This year’s On The Rocks Festival line-up is bigger and better than ever and we are so excited to bring you coverage of the some of the best art and culture in St Andrews. Running from 5th to 14th of April, the biggest student-run festival in the UK will be showcasing the best of the town’s talent and we hope to see many of our readers there. We know that we will be trying to cram in as much of the programme as possible.

Feeling overwhelmed by the plethora of events in the On The Rocks calendar? We’re here to help with our top five recommendations for what you absolutely cannot miss in this year’s programme.

Creative Careers



The Byre Theatre Studio

In collaboration with the Alumni Weekend and the Career Centre, On The Rocks are bringing us all the chance to meet successful alumni and other professionals working in a myriad of creative fields, including theatre, creative writing, film or the arts in general. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is considering a job in a creative field to get some firsthand advice and information and a great networking opportunity!














Sandy’s Bar

One we are all particularly looking forward to, come and join us for a night in partner with Amnesty International featuring the very best of St Andrews’ musical talent. Music from the Dry Island Buffalo Jump and the dulcet tones of the Hummingbirds feature in the lineup.

Stand-ups Take the Stage



The StAge

If music isn’t really your thing but standup comedy is, then we heartily recommend that you attend this hilarious event in partnership with the University of St Andrews Comedy Society. Six of the society’s best-loved comedians are vacating Sandy’s Bar and making their way to the St Andrews Stage for an evening of guaranteed jokes and laughter.






Barron Theatre

We cannot wait for this event. Lakshmi Thiagarajan and Sanjana Ramaswamy will be performing the 2000 year old classic dance form called Bharathanatyam, which originates from Southern India. The unique style features abstract movement which tells the audience a story. The event is an hour long and free, so come along to witness this beautiful and traditional performance.


The War Compass



The Byre Theatre

And finally, for all those theatre-lovers out there, we recommend you immerse yourselves in this refreshing and politically charged play. Set in a recently liberated Prague at the end of WWII, the plot follows the inner struggles of a Jewish family in hiding, a German writer with a mysterious vendetta against them, and the three unconventional cops trailing him. We are very excited for this.

We cannot wait for On The Rocks 2019. For more information about the festival and any of the events visit https://www.ontherocksfestival.com. We look forward to seeing you all there!