The St Andrews Ball: a time to celebrate the town

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Following the highly praised 600th Finale Ball and the success of last year’s St Andrews Day weekend celebrations, The Fellowship of St Andrews is pleased to present The St Andrews Ball. Billed as a launch party for the next 600 years of town and gown life, the evening promises to take the traditional St Andrews black tie formula and give it a modern and unique twist.

Revellers can be assured that, in keeping with Fellowship values, the event will involve a high degree of involvement from local businesses and enterprises, with the aim that the night will be a celebration of what makes St Andrews as a whole special.

On this note, the Fellowship is pleased to announce that Cottage Kitchen shall be providing a bountiful amount of free cakes at the Ball, whilst other local sponsors include Nandos and the St Andrews Brewing Company.

Ball Convenor, Tiffany Yates, told The Saint that the Fellowship want this event to “celebrate everything we are and can be,” and that this idea is reflected in the line-up and all the free stuff which will be given away’ – party goers should expect, then, to go home with more than just feel-good spirit.

To get this feel-good party spirit started, guests will be invited to enjoy a champagne reception upon arrival to the (hopefully) regenerated surrounds of Lower College Lawn, to the sound of Scottish pipers. Fear not, The Saint can reveal that the line-up for the evening is something to get excited about. DJ Gentleman Jonny, who has held residencies at the likes of Sankeys and Digital and supported acts such as Example, Rudimental, Tiesto and Pendulum, is the headline act.

Avid listener Sean McDonald, Head of Entertainment for the Ball, is truly excited about the performance. He told The Saint that Gentleman Jonny’s music is sure to “keep everybody moving.”

If the names Austin Bell and Staley Sharples mean anything to you, then The St Andrews Ball is the place to be on 28 November as both DJ’s will be entertaining throughout the night. Austin and Staley both performed at last year’s launch party and this year will be returning to run the musical element of this year’s Ball. Bell is fresh from running the Festival For All, and playing at House of Horror amongst several other events this year, whilst Staley returns home to the committee that, according to McDonald, “found her” whilst she was carrying out her regular DJ’ing at local favourite, The Vic. Both proven crowd-pleasers, the musical line-up is both enticing and exciting.

It is clear that thought has gone into the finer details of the event – there will be three separate bars, positioned in logical places so as to best satisfy the thirsty demands of revellers as they exit the dance-floor, with one bar dedicated to cocktails, including the touted ‘St Andrew cocktail’.The Saint has been assured that this cocktail will be to die for, although the exact components remain shrouded in secrecy.

The other two bars will serve the usual beers, ciders and spirits, with the hope that queues (the bane of any party-goer) will be kept to a minimum. Continuing on the alcohol front, as though champagne, cocktails and assorted beverages aren’t enough, there will be a vodka luge on offer – a modern twist to an old classic.

If anything, The St Andrews Ball offers students a chance to let their hair down in the run up to a stressful period; to take time to celebrate the things that make St Andrews – both the town and the university – an outstanding place to live and study, whilst doing what St Andreans excel at – partying in style.

Whilst the opportunity to pick up a presale ticket has now passed, online ticket sales are open.

Keen? Buy a ticket quickly, as they are expected to sell out fast.

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