Exclusive: Chase & Status Headline Downing

The Tab can exclusively reveal that drum & bass duo Chase & Status will headline this year's Downing May Ball.

Chase And Status are set to headline Downing’s May Ball, The Tab can exclusively reveal.

The drum & bass duo, who played Cambridge’s Corn Exchange last term, are set to play top of the bill at Downing’s ‘Olympus’ themed May Ball on Tuesday 21st June.

The revelation came after the band accidentally posted the gig on their website, not realising it was meant to be secret. The listing was promptly taken down after Downing’s May Ball Committee complained, but it remained on Google’s Cache.

Google record the band’s gaffe

Dowing’s May Ball President Sophie Wawro said she could neither confirm nor deny the band were booked, but Chase & Status are understood to be in the final stages of negotiations with the college.

The London drum & bass group, whose hits include ‘End Credits’, ‘Blind Faith’ and ‘Let You Go’, have had 3 number ones on the UK Dance Chart and their latest album ‘No More Idols’ was certified Gold after the first week of sales.

On hearing the news ex-Tab columnist and Downing student Louise Ripley Duggan said: “Oh my god! That’s massive, how the fuck did they wrangle that one? Sophie Wawro is a genius!”

2nd year Downing Lawyer Namdi McEwen agreed saying: “That’s ridiculous! That’s awesome! They’re on Radio One’s Big Weekend aren’t they? So for us to get them that’s amazing. ‘Time’ which is on Radio One’s live lounge at the moment is probably my favourite track right now.”


Chase & Status’ hit ‘End Credits’, which reached No. 9 in the charts

Downing, who hold their Ball bi-annually, have a history of hiring top dance acts for their May Ball. Their last Ball in 2009 was headlined by Pendulum with support from Utah Saints.

READ: Jake Alden-Falconer’s interview with Chase & Status HERE.

  • Parsley the lion

    Salt N Pepper are headlining at emma

  • Frammy Seeman

    Against all odds, I chased my salted peanut and got her! our status? L.O.V.E. Hopefully we'll be together till our end credits….

  • st johns


  • Done my research.


    Amnesia, Ibiza, Spain – DJ Set"

    "Tuesday 21st June 2011 – Chase and Status DJ Set"

    I didn't realise Downing College was relocating to Ibiza for the night. In the event it isn't, the term 'band' used in this article is misleading since Chase and Status will surely have to DJ very early on in the night at Downing before they catch a plane to DJ a late set at Amnesia. How unexciting.

    • Disappointed

      This is shabby journalism from Grut. I think I speak for the whole of The New York Post when I say I expected better.

    • Downer
      • Snappy Snaps

        *yawn* Fearne Cotton blurted that on Radio 1 out weeks ago

        • Downer

          did she say which college he's playing?

      • YEAH

        sweet! sounds sick.

    • I read it too…

      They're down as the first band of the night on the Amnesia page…. so could in theory be back for a late slot at Downing…… If they're playing at all….

    • optimist

      could dj at anytime, a dj set rarely involves the whole band, so could do two dj sets simultaneously

  • hrmm

    google- the home of all good journalistic leads.

  • trin_ball_pres

    you wait and see who Trinity has. Chase and Status are nothing compared to her.

    • Comeback King

      Your ma

    • Hint

      (It's Janelle Monáe)

    • Royalist

      Unless it's Pippa Middleton, ain't interested….

      • doesn't get it

        besides the "badonkadonk", and the body, there is nothing appealing about her, her face is so common, not pretty or beautiful.

    • trin_ents

      I've been 'slaving 4 u' to try and get a 'stronger' act and I'm pretty sure 'everytime' you'll want 'a piece of her' over Chase and Status

      • Mystic

        There is not enough Kabbalah in cambridge…

    • Sam Spade

      I guess if anyone was to turn them down it wouldn't be about the money, money

  • Wondering

    how much it wold cost to book kanye

    • Monetary (G) unit

      50 cent

    • Ents officer

      Over 200K I reckon. Depends what kind of logistics you were looking at. I'd be very surprised if his full live show was less than 200K

    • golddigger

      Now I ain't sayin he a golddigger
      But he ain't messin with no broke…college

  • Meh..

    I'd much rather have a good band, Chase and Status are the type of outfit who are constantly playing student nights at campuses up and down the land its not that special to be a headline act

  • Homerton

    We've got Michael Jackson.

  • Vermin

    For a May Ball, or any event, the greatest acts in history, can be found

    between the lines

    – That's Vermin's view.


  • Downing

    These were our second choice, Navdogs said no

  • Artíst

    A A L II
    A A L II
    A A A A L II
    A A L II

  • bored of crap

    Who gives a shit about shitty downing, tell us who's headlining John's already

  • felix

    fuck eeeet. i'll still be in the lib.

  • Also

    Orkestra del Sol are playing Emma. They're pretty great

  • Pride comes before..

    The title of this article is incorrect.

    Chase will be headlining Downing.

    Status will be headlining Amnesia.

    Still, at least there's a half-hearted (literally) DJ set to look forward to!

  • lexilover

    Bring back Abrams!!

  • Observer

    Chase or status doing a DJ set to an uninterested crown sounds weak. Let's hope other colleges lift the bar. Johns? Thought so.

    • observing what?

      who says the crowd are going to be uninterested? 233 people have facebook liked this article so far, so someone's going to enjoy it…

      • Raver

        Ever tried skanking in a tux?

    • Royal Observer

      "an uninterested crown"

      Downing haven't had much luck with secrecy this year, apparently the Queen is coming as well.

  • Felix

    I love all kinds of electronic music

  • One Witty Cunt

    Chase and Status?

    More like Chase OVER!

    It's funny because Downing were chasing after them for the ball and finally achieved their goal, hence they finished their chase.

  • Maybe…

    Killers playing St Johns?

  • Vermin

    Why do pirates get so angry when they don't go to the toilet? Because if they don't have a p they're irate!

    That's Vermin's view.

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