As one of the most highly anticipated nights of the year, Starfields is the culmination of Freshers Week at St Andrews. The event has enjoyed a long-standing history of being one of the most unique and enjoyable nights out, and this year was no exception. In this review, we will be comparing the experiences of someone who had never attended Starfields with that of someone who had attended both of the two previous years.
First Starfields Experience
Featuring an authentic festival vibe, complete with glitter, fluorescent outfits and copious amounts of alcohol, Starfields was undoubtedly an entertaining evening. As a first-timer, I was blown away by the distinct style of the event. It kicked off at 4 pm, decked out with an inflatable pool filled with Balans Aqua Spritz, various festival-esque tents, including a large marquee on Lower College Lawn and Instagram-worthy murals and photoshoot hotspots. This St Andrews Charity Fashion Show event served as a memorable night to freshers and returners alike.
Headlining the event was world-renowned Norwegian DJ Matoma, who was supported by featuring artists such as Riton, Crazy Cousinz and TIGRE & Friends, who brought the event to life and kept students hyped and excited for six hours. While the price tag of £40 might have concerned students, this is on par with similar events in St Andrews and is justified by the extravagant attention to detail visible at the venue.
Students could also enjoy various perks such as free pop sockets, glitter, and Aqua Spritz at the wristband collection, as well as 20 per cent off Rocca Paninis and free coffee from Combini Café for two days, which definitely lightened the financial burden of purchasing a ticket.All in all, Starfields seems to be a must for every student to experience at least once during their time at St Andrews. It is indicative of the creative genius present in the town and reflects months of hard work and close attention to detail in order to bring together a sensational night unlike any other.
Third Starfields Experience
As a seasoned Starfields attendee, I didn’t think I could be particularly surprised by anything the committee would throw at me, but I was seriously mistaken. It is interesting to read a first-timer’s experience of this year’s event because I believe Starfields this year was the most successful and well put-together it has ever been. With free gifts at ticket collection, great music, and a newfound focus on sustainability, the event’s team did a great job of one-upping themselves from previous years. The highlight for myself, as well as others I have spoken to, was definitely the music.
In previous years, I had never seen so many people not only dancing in the DJ tent all at once, but also staying there for the entire night, a true testament to the high standard of musicians that the team brought this time around. Playing funky yet familiar tunes, the artists were truly able to keep the DJ tent full and lively at all times.
The only disappointing thing about the event for me was the lack of food vendors compared to previous years. But, perhaps this was due to the team’s staunch commitment towards only working with vendors that met the standards of their new sustainable ethos. And, if that had been the case, I think myself and other students can definitely get on board.
Overall, I can agree with Siobhan that Starfields is surely an event everyone should try to go to at least once in their time at St Andrews. Especially if the team continue to improve the event from year to year, Starfields will certainly be hard to beat as one of the most popular events in the St Andrews events scene.