Opening Ball Preview

Students come to St Andrews for one of the most unique university experiences the world has to offer; full of black tie events and fancy wine and cheese, a St Andrews calendar is quite unlike any other. The Kate Kennedy Club Opening Ball is the first formal ball of the year, and students jump at the opportunity to dig out old prom dresses and don their nicest suits. The ticket commotion from Freshers’ Week has resurfaced and the event is fully sold out!

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Wristband collection will take place at the Union (Venue 1) on Friday, October 3rd, from 11am-4pm. Students are reminded to bring valid ID and their matric card to ticket pick up as well as to the event itself.

On Saturday, October 4th, students have all afternoon to fret about their attire, as the ball begins at 8pm. Upon arrival in the marquee at Lower College Lawn (centrally located between North Street and The Scores), attendees will be greeted by a champagne reception (typical St Andrews classiness).

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The Kate Kennedy Club promises a night of endless entertainment and has never failed to fulfill this in previous years. With the musical line up for this year, it seems they will be exceeding our expectations yet again. Students can dance the night away to the tunes of The Fabulous Hurricanes, who have supported the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and will be playing old-school rock ‘n’ roll and contemporary rhythm and blues, and later to Seedy Soundsystem, an amazing trio of a DJ, drummer, and saxophonist fresh off their UK tour. If looking for a change of scenery or simply to support fellow classmates, students can frequent a separate DJ tent with Joe Jones and Asquire, some of the best student DJs the town has to offer. The Kate Kennedy Club has outdone themselves this year and guarantees a night to remember– even if you can’t actually quite remember it.

No St Andrews event would be complete without some alcohol to release your inner Beyonce on the dance floor. The ball will include a bar, which accepts both cash and card. However, under-18s should keep in mind that bouncers can check ID at any time.

Between the bar and the dance floor, students can visit the amazing Owl Eyes Photo Booth from 8-10pm, a Janetta’s ice cream stall (the highlight of the night for many people including myself), and a Butlers wrap stall.

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If you’re stressing the higher ticket prices, remember that it goes to a great cause. The KK Club will be splitting the profit between two well-deserving charities; Home Start, a leading family charity that is nationwide and does a lot of work in Fife and Unite Against Cancer, a new Scottish charity set up in 2012 to fund cancer research. The club doesn’t make a big show of how much money is donated each year but this year it’s looking to be in the £10,000 range from Opening Ball alone.

With the strict black tie dress code, make sure you dress to impress and get ready for the first of many wonderful nights that St Andrews has to offer!

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