I was super excited to get the opportunity to review this ball for many reasons – of course, as a standard St Andrews ball goes, the decoration was to a theme, it was at a lovely location and there was free food. But the entertainment really made this event stand out – the committee did an amazing job nabbing some really exciting acts, both new and old, making for a super fun evening.
Having never been to the Spanish Gardens, it was nice to visit a different venue to the other hall balls this year, and the North Haugh committee definitely made the best use of the space available to them. I admit I was a little concerned about the choice of Diablo as a theme – my first thought was that it was the completely wrong time of year and around October 31st would have been a better shout. However, I was so pleasantly surprised – the committee did a great job with matching the decor to the theme and making the atmosphere all immersive. The dragon in the centre of really emphasised the theme and brought the whole tent together. Although I didn’t try one of the special pablos – appropriately called Piablo – it was a really good idea to have a themed pablo, which is so central to the St Andrews student culture.
The music was an absolute highlight – with such a wide range of musical acts and entertainment including a ceilidh, there was definitely something for everyone. Gok Wan – who definitely much better known by the Brits amongst us – was a hit with everyone and was a turning point in the evening for getting even more people onto the dance floor. The Stickmen – who were a roaring success during Fresher’s Week this year – had a super incredibly set, building up to the climax of the evening. One thing all of the acts had in common was their ability to include the crowd, no matter if they knew the music or not, which made the evening all the livelier and more enjoyable.
Jannettas – as usual – was a huge success, with queues stretching one wall of the tent. Combined with the amazing range of music acts, the ticket prices – especially for residents – were incredibly reasonable which is always a bonus. I had a really fun evening – as I know many others did.