What could be more St Andrews than an a capella ball situated in the iconic buildings of St Salvador’s Quad? Join The Other Guys next weekend to see them perform some of their biggest hits as they give us a hint into what they’ll be singing this next coming year.
The Other Guys were set up in 2004 in order to bring the American traditional of collegiate a capella to St Andrews. Although a capella remains a more American tradition, The Other Guys have only risen in popularity over the years, becoming one of the most famous collegiate a capella boy bands in the UK in addition to being a staple and tradition of St Andrews culture. This year, the twelve-man group will be celebrating their 16th year in the spotlight; they’ve now recorded a whopping 7 studio albums, bringing forth classic after classic like “St Andrews Girls” and “St Andrean Skies”. You can see they play to a theme!
The Other Guys, as usual, will feature in many events throughout the St Andrews events calendar this year – with an almost celebrity status in St Andrews at this stage, they are in high demand to be at many events throughout the year, so if you don’t catch them next weekend, you’ll most definitely have other opportunities later on. However, The Other Ball – a relatively new phenomenon, with this year only being the third it has run for – is an opportunity for TOG to share the St Andrews ball tradition with friends, family, alumna and fans. The previous two years were both great successes, so it will be interesting to see if The Other Guys chose to stick to the same programme as before or if they chose to mix things up.
As per the last two years of The Other Ball, the ball will take place at Lower and Upper College Hall, with dinner tickets being invitation only. Anyone lucky enough to receive this exclusive invitation to the dinner at St Salvador’s Quad will be welcomed by a piper and a prosecco reception, along with live jazz, a three-course dinner and a full wine menu. Afterparty tickets, however, are open to the public. Afterparty attendees will be welcomed in at 10pm – at £25 for a ticket, you’ll receive a prosecco reception and an invitation into this almost family affair to see the guys perform their top hits.
This year, on top of the guys themselves, over 15 alumni are going to be welcomed back with open arms, as well as parents, friends and fans. Thomas Halvorsen, tenor and business manager for TOG, describes the night as an opportunity to “thank everyone who has been involved with TOG and helped it be the best it can be”. After TOG’s set, there will be a live band – Whaleshark Daddy, a jazz/funk band of St Andrews students – and DJ – Ben Hawken and Alasdair McCulloch – for the rest of the evening.
The Other Guys will spend the evening swooping in and out of song, promising an evening full of fun, dancing and music.