Starfields 2017: Reviewed

The St Andrews Fashion Show’s annual Starfields concert is rarely unsuccessful and despite the usual groans of weather and pricing, this year’s event can be added to a long list of FS’s successes. As usual, if alcohol and a group of young adults are congregated in a festival-style event, people will always have a good time–even if it’s in a tiny town in Scotland in the middle of September.

Considering FS’s history with weather (specifically wind), the cold and the slight sprinkle of rain at the beginning of the event didn’t seem to bother anyone too much, despite being considerably colder than other years. This was mainly due to the committee’s preparation for such weather with additional overhead cover. Although the weather did force most into more modest outfits compared to other years there were still ample amounts of bare legs and tube tops, resulting in more people having to dance to stay warm. To quote a friend, “You’re always warm in the mosh pit,” so there we did stay. As for the main accessory of the event? Glitter. Whether you intentionally patted some on to your cheeks or whether it ended up there merely because of alcohol-fuelled, over-enthusiastic hello’s, everyone ended up wearing some by the end of the night.

In classic Starfields style Lower College Hall was decked out, with the bar newly positioned in the centre of the quad (a big success in terms of queueing) and various stalls lining the perimeter. Glitter makeup, henna, game stalls and food all made the event seem much more developed than a simple concert. A variety of cuisines were offered, including Nomad Pizza, Blackhorn burgers, Knights Kitchen’s Alternative African Cuisine, Luvians, and the classic crepes that are always a hit.

For all those interested in the perfect Instagram post, the giant beach chair and ball-pen fulfilled all the ‘end of summer’ aesthetic needs. Overall, the committee seemed to go for a more fun carnival vibe compared to previous years, which seemed to be accepted by most guests quite enthusiastically. The new additions to this year’s Starfields included new merchandise designed by Costantino Pamphili and some promotional temporary tattoos – overall a great on-brand way to try and raise more funds.

The line-up consisted of Disciples, Bondax and Route 94–and although the names are not unknown, after several hours of running around, dancing and drinking the songs did seem slightly to merge into one. However, this probably has little to do with the artists and more to do with the ample amount of alcohol consumed by everyone. Despite not necessarily being particularly memorable to most the next morning, the music never failed to keep everyone on their feet the entire night until finally we were all sent home (or to an after-party).

Overall, the event was the perfect way to end Fresher’s Week, and a tradition I know I will personally continue into fourth year. Starfields can be considered one of the events that will never really disappoint, even if it doesn’t fully impress (which is rare). Congratulations to the FS committee for once again delivering an amazing day, we’re looking forward to seeing what’s in store for the FS show in 2018.

All photos courtesy of Ampersand Media.