This weekend, something a bit more evil will hit the Spanish Gardens of St. Andrews. The North Haugh Ball, organised by an Powell and Agnes Blackadder Hall and Andrew Melville Hallhybrid committee, is set to feature a returning freshers’ favourite, the Stickmen, and fashion icon, Gok Wan.
The theme – Diablo – is an interesting choice as we enter into spring and summer, with days lasting a little longer than they have done the past couple of months in St. Andrews. The committee reassured me that the decor has been chosen to match the theme, ensuring a devilish atmosphere, but that guests are not expected to dress to the theme – although if you fancied looking a little more evil, you would be perfectly welcome to!
This year’s ball features a ceilidh, student acts and some amazing headliners – the committee has promised that these in particular will make for “an amazing, fun night”. Sarah, chief organiser for this year, stated that they have been “incredibly lucky” with this year’s line-up, which have been picked in order to appeal to the student body, as well as favouring a wide variety of music genres. Maria Dolotina is “a fan favourite from last year’s ball”, having also won the public vote for the ELAGA DJ competition 2018. AKA Prince, a Malawi-born first year Glaswegian rapper, is also featuring – having performed at the Infinitme Music awards, he is definitely one to watch. Whale Shark Daddy are also performing, bringing a little jazz and funk to the Diablo stage.
The headliners this year are bound to be “unique, popular and entertaining” – never would I ever have thought I’d be seeing Gok Wan – who’s show, ‘How to Look Good Naked’, I used to watch with my mum during school holidays – DJing at a Diablo-themed ball at St. Andrews. Despite not necessarily being known – at least to me – for being a DJ, it looks as though he’s done some pretty impressive venues including Party at the Palace. The Stickmen were immensely popular during Freshers week this year – and are pretty cool, using interactive LED clothing which is synchronised with their music.
Ticket prices were a pretty modest £7.50 for residents, and £15 for non-residents – and there are still some left, so be sure to grab yours before the weekend! On top of the exciting range of music acts, there will also be a themed cocktail and a range of different food vendors to choose from – so you’re sure to get your money’s worth.
Doors open on Saturday at 19:00, with the ceilidh starting at 19:30. If you’re looking to come for the start of the headliners, Gok Wan will be on at 22:20, and the Stickmen following not long after at 23:15.
And lastly – if like me, you’ve not yet been to the Spanish Gardens – its not that difficult to find. Located at the end of Scores, the street closest to the sea, it’s a walled garden next to the Economics building, Castlecliff, right next to the Castle.