This past Wednesday VS, in partnership with the Oxfam society, hosted their second main event of the year and they did not fail in pulling off a successful event for the student population in St Andrews. Despite the rain, cold weather and deadlines that all seem to be approaching far too quickly, VS gave students a well-deserved break which included an opening act of St Andrews’ very own Ben Hawken who provided students with a set combining original tracks as well as well-known Drum and Bass tunes.
Following this was the main event of the evening, an appearance from award-winning Jungle DJ, Mrs Magoo. Students were given the opportunity to witness one of the best ragga Jungle and Drum and Bass artists on the planet, with past appearances both at Jungle Splash in London as well as Glastonbury.
Atmospherically, the night was brilliant. Even though there was a slow start regarding turnout, the event started to find its feet as the dance floor began to fill, and there was no other place to be apart from Into the Jungle this past Wednesday night, in my opinion. As the hours went on, the dance floor seemed to fill more and more right until the final entry just after midnight.
Considering the stressful academic nature of this part of the semester, as well as the fact that tickets were £8, attendance was far from small. The larger the attendance grew, the better the night went too, as more students flooded in to witness and experience the ‘Jungle’ in our very own little bubble.
One issue with the night however, was the pricing of tickets I mentioned. An £8 charge for the event was a factor which weakened the extravagance of the night. Some students were ultimately put off due to the considerably high pricing of a standard ticket (for a Wednesday night at the Vic). Regarding the already high turnout at the event, one can just wonder how much better the night could have been with a sold-out crowd in attendance.
For those who were there, however, the night was overall very positive. One such positive being the fact that Jungle music was a real hit among the students in attendance, with its popularity among the St Andrews student cohort, growing stronger than ever this year, with the rise of other groups like Asha Music. For Drum and Bass fans, as well as ragga Jungle music fans, it was really exciting to witness this unique blend of music take over the Vic for the night.
In conclusion, all that can truly be said is that this was a well-organised event, that surprisingly brought a very decent turnout, despite its steep cost of £8 a ticket. The blend of colourful music with classic Drum and Bass created a rather unique experience for our small coastal town and it ultimately made me look forward to VS’s next event, as well as their debut fashion show later this year.