Now I’ll be the first to admit I have no idea about darts. Bulls-eye is basically all the terminology I know and I’ve never even seen a match fully – it’s more just something that always seems to be on in the pub for some reason. But this week promises to pique my interest in the lesser-known sporting world as the St Andrews Darts Club is coming to Kinkell Byre and arriving with a bang.
Their inaugural event, Kingdom Darts, promises to set the social scene off to a flying start this year, with a series of matches happening on Tuesday 2 October at 7:30. Not just limited to the darts matches however, the party promises to go on till 2am with music and after party vibes from Ashton Squires.
First of all, it’s refreshing to see a venue like Kinkell Byre being used for something more than just another ball destination. Following the tone of a more laid back event instead of wearing ball gowns, the guests are encouraged to attend in fancy dress, meaning things are going to be far more relaxed than usual. The Facebook event also mentions that instead of champagne guests can expect top quality beer, far more suited to darts clientele. And for the stereotypical food offering instead of fancy Janettas ice cream, there’ll be crepes to go around. Overall it sounds like my kind of night, unlike the somewhat uptight and presentation centered ball events that can be so tiresome.
But more than that, the event gives a chance for freshers to get to know Kinkell Byre in a more toned down setting. What’s more, it’s far cheaper than a usual ball ticket, only costing £25 plus booking fee on Fixr. Tickets are still available for those who are simply looking for a fun way to spend another boring Tuesday night.
Of course the main event will be a series of darts matches, with 16 teams playing and one winning duo coming out on top. My understanding of darts is foggy but it seems to be a fairly stereotypical setting of a tournament and will no doubt be scattered through the venue with viewing opportunities for all. But like I said, the event isn’t just limited to darts fanatics. Hell you don’t even need to understand darts in order to enjoy the beer and the energy. If you’re interested in learning about darts, or just like watching competitive sports with a drink in your hand this could be your kind of night.
I’d put this event as a must-do in October, not only because it’s a refreshing change but it promises to be one hell of a party for all involved. Freshers and fourth-years alike should give this interesting new event a shot. It might even turn out to be a bullseye.