Previously deemed the best hall ball, anticipation is high approaching the DRAFP Ball. Located on Lower College Lawn in a Luxury Marquee, with 2,000 guests expected, this is definitely an event that you do not want to miss.
With its theme this year of “Atlantis”, expect to be immersed in the underwater kingdom, lined with Ancient Greek columns and alters to the Gods, and struck with ocean-like mood lighting. Considering the uninspired art direction of the promotion material – which consists of generic sample videos spanning animated underwater scenes and text that resembles pre-2010 Word Art – it is crucial that the DRAFP Ball redeems itself with decoration on the night. Moreover, successful decoration is vital since the chosen theme does not seem to translate to other aspects of the ball. Luckily, the committee have planned to go all out in this endeavour – let’s hope it pays off, otherwise the theme will be rendered futile.
Despite lack of coherence with the theme “Atlantis”, an exciting and all-encompassing line-up of music has been presented, which extends from house to techno. The line-up includes local acts, as well as those from further afield: Tigre DJ, Bunce, Strata and Bpm are already listed, and the headliner is yet to be announced. Such an emphasis on entertainment sets the night up to be enjoyable for all, even if it does divert from the theme, or will resemble a festival more than a ball.
Furthermore, the vibrancy of the entertainment doesn’t outshine other elements of the event. DRAFP Ball promises the best food in St. Andrews, hosting a diverse range of food outlets, such as Jannetta’s, Blackhorn and Tastes Like Crêpe, and catering for all dietary needs. However, not all of these delicacies are included in your ticket price, so it’s essential to remember to bring some extra cash. Despite this implication, this event won’t burn holes in your pockets; there will be a large bar, run by bartenders from the union, serving the same cheap prices.
At £5 for DRAFP residents and £15 for non-residents, the DRAFP Ball promises an extravagant experience wrapped in an affordable student price, and, even if it is not a ball as one would expect, it will certainly be a night to remember. The proceeds from the ball will be donated to the charity Friends of the Earth, Scotland’s leading environmental campaign organisation.
DRAFP Committee Leader Jodie Costello said, “This year, our committee has been working day and night to bring our ball together, from decisions as big as acts to as small as table décor. We are excited for you all to join us on the 23rd February for a night that won’t be forgotten!”
With over half of the tickets having been sold in the first day of release, make sure to grab your tickets soon.