With coursework deadlines reached and classes coming to a close, the arduous prospect of exams is on the minds of all in the St Andrews community. However, spring has sprung and it is time for one last night of fun and extravagance before the trials and tribulations of the exam season descend. The Kate Kennedy Club, this year presents their renowned May Ball at Kinkell Byre on May 2nd following on from May Dip.
Each year, a Kate Kennedy Club member is elected to the position of Ball Convener and takes on the responsibility of organising both Opening and May Ball. This year’s convener, Cyrus Danesh explains how the St Andrews version of the traditional May Ball is set apart from other balls:
While there are definitely fun black-tie events in St. Andrews, May Ball seems to be the one that everyone is most excited about, as it is the final and biggest event of the year with nearly a third of the student population in attendance.
From a Main Stage of chart-topping artists to people camping overnight for tickets and selling out in less than one hour, there seems to be a certain buzz and hype which surrounds May Ball. As well as that, it’s been part of the St. Andrews social calendar for years, and so for me it epitomizes the classic St. Andrews black-tie event.
With some guests queuing in the cold and rain for up to eleven hours in order to secure their tickets, May Ball is without doubt the attraction of the month. Three different ticket types ensure that all tastes are catered for and adds to the diversity of the event. Cyrus explains the differences between ticket types:
Classic Ticket holders will have the classic May Ball experience, with transport to and from the event, as many rides on the dodgems and La Bamba as they can handle and access to the Main Stage. VIP ticket holders will be welcomed with a champagne reception, canapés and will have access to the VIP marquee where guests can enjoy additions such as Janetta’s ice cream and POPS champagne popsicles. The area also had its own VIP stage that will host a variety of acts throughout the night including The Fabulous Hurricanes and FS DJ Joe Jones. Dinner guests will enjoy a VIP experience as well as a 3-course meal overlooking the St. Andrews panorama. It’s the perfect way to celebrate one last night in St. Andrews with friends and bring in the end of the year, especially for those just about to graduate.
Without doubt, the music acts are one of the most highly anticipated parts of May Ball, their diversity defining the event. Cyrus describes this year’s lineup and exciting new addition:
I’m particularly excited about the line-up of our Main Stage. Our Headline Act – DJ Julio Bashmore – is one of the most recognized names in House Music and throughout my time at St. Andrews his biggest track “Au Seve” has rung throughout St. Andrews house parties and has been blasted as a soundtrack at FS. Bwani Junction, an indie-rock band is also playing, having been praised by NME magazine and nominated for Scottish Album of the Year. In addition, DJ Craig Wilson, voted as one of the country’s top DJs behind the likes of Calvin Harris, will be playing. As well as the Main Stage and VIP Stage, this year there will also be a third classic room with live entertainment, DJs and a bar. This area has a closer, and more intimate feel to the Main Stage, where guests will be welcomed by a jazz band and alternative music will play throughout the night. This offers guests more diversity and is a really cool new addition to the event.
With this year’s May Ball extravaganza set to be bigger and better than ever before, the champagne flutes are being filled, bow ties are being tied, ball gowns are being donned. The Kate Kennedy Club is ready for you. Are you ready for them?