May Ball Blog 2012

Another slew of leaks in our latest May Ball Blog update!

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With exams looming large, The Tab has come to lift your spirits with the return of our May Ball blog. There are always rumours about who’s headlining where, but don’t worry: we’re on hand to keep you up to date.

If you have any inside info that you want to share, or have heard any rumours, let us know at [email protected], and don’t forget to get involved in our comment section.


Gonville and Caius have announced their May Ball line up.

Indie popstrels The Feeling, famous for their 2005 hit ‘Fill My Little World’, are headlining the ball.

They are supported by up-and-comers Spector, whose classic indie sound saw them named amongst the BBC’s Sound Of 2012. Cambridge May Ball regulars and BGT stars Truly Medley Deeply will also be making an appearance.

Live At The Apollo star and QI panel member Seann Walsh is headlining the comedy tent, a late substitution for the absent Tim Minchin.



Dubstep star Jakwob will be headlining Peterhouse’s May Ball.

The 22 year old DJ and producer has been tipped for the big time ever since his remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Under the Sheets” was chosen as Zane Lowe’s “hottest record in the world” on Radio 1. Jakwob has also remixed Lily Allen, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and M.I.A.


Lining up alongside Jakwob on the Main Stage will be London based singer-songwriter CocknBullKid and chilled out electro duo Urban Myth Club, whose released their second album, Open Up, last year.


St. John’s have announced their May Ball line up.

Focusing on a dance vibe, they’ve bagged dubstep supremos Magnetic Man. Made up of Skream, Benga and Artwork, the trio are bringing their full live show headed by Sgt. Pokes to Johns. The ball has spent four times the normal amount on a specially designed lighting rig.

Kieran Brunt, Ents Manager, said John’s is revered as the ‘Party May Ball’ and we’ve kept this in mind when choosing our acts. There’s lots of music to dance to… That said, we’ve also got a huge variety of genres being played across our 6 stages.’


This will be backed up by sets from top DJs: Redlight, B. Traits and the boys from Bombay Bicycle Club will all be playing.

They have also nabbed some top student talent, with an exclusive set from Denim and and DJ set from Klubnacht.

In an unusual move, the ball has also booked top classical composer Nico Muhly. Muhly has worked with bands including Grizzly Bear and Sigur Ros and looks to bring a different vibe to the ball.


The acts booked for Tit Hall have now been leaked. Headlining are dubstep veterans Benga and Youngman performing together.

Supporting is glam-folk act King Charles and the Leeds five-piece Hey Sholay, who won the BBC Must-See band of summer award.

Also confirmed is electronic dance act DJ Jigsaw and freestyle funk band Bijoumiyo.


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Pembroke June Event‘s acts have been leaked.

The college has booked energetic Brighton band Two Spot Gobi and Round Table Knights, the Swiss DJ duo. Round Table Knights have played alongside the likes of Soulwax and Simian Mobile Disco, and now they’re set to take the Pembroke stage by storm.



Anastacia is to headline Clare May Ball, The Tab can reveal.

The multiplatinum artist has had wide-spread success in the earlier noughties, but has never had a number one hit in the UK.


Anastacia may not be the biggest star playing this year, but compared to Christ’s May Ball headliner she’s a mainstream hit.

The committee has gone for a left-field choice: a little known indie band, Theme Park, who have yet to release a full studio album. The band has received mixed praise from critics for its Talking Head-style breezy indie fun.

For the more mainstream ball goers, however, recent BGT stars and Cambridge favourites Truly Medley Deeply will bring their signature, quirky arrangements of well known songs.


After rampant rumours, it has been official confirmed that Pixie Lott will be headlining Trinity May Ball.

The 21-year-old has three UK number one singles to her name and a string of Top 20 hits.


The contract had been found in a photocopier. Our anonymous source claimed she has been paid £20,000 to appear at the ball.

The ents team confirmed the line up as:

Headliner: Pixie Lott

2nd Bill: Vengaboys

3rd Bill: Clean Bandit

They added: ‘Boo Ya to all the haterz.’

The rumour that King Charles was booked to play was denied, but various ‘celebrity DJs‘ were promised on top of this eclectic line-up.


Tuesday 5th June 17:30

Donae’o has been bagged for Robinson may ball. 

The rapper, who is known for his hit single ‘Party Hard’ is on the Robinson line-up alongside swing act The Correspondents and indie duo Summer Camp.



Friday 1st June 14.30

Hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks are to headline Jesus’ may ball it was announced today.

The indie rappers will be joined on the Jesus main stage by bands including Faith, SFX and Brother and Bones.


Ball-goers will undoubtedly be delighted with the news, with Rizzle Kicks, who have supported Dizzee Rascal and The Streets in the past couple of years, known for impressive live shows.

Meanwhile on the comedy stage TV favourite Russell Kane is the standout name, with up and coming musical comedian Rob Carter also on the bill.


Hammersmith Apollo is small fry next to Jesus May Ball

Kane has featured on BBC’s Live at the Apollo as well as previously presenting Big Brother’s Big Mouth.


Friday 1st June 

The Tab can exclusively reveal that Sidney Sussex have secured Kelis as their headline act.

The Grammy nominated star is a huge coup for the smaller college, and was believed to have been part of the Trinity line-up before sneaky Sidney nabbed her from under their noses.


“Kelis chose Sidney May Ball and she’s like, it’s better than yours!”

Kelis, best known for her classic ‘Milkshake’, has won Brit Awards and NME Awards, and had nine singles in the top-ten of the UK singles charts.

Trinity themselves have booked Europop classic Vengaboys. The ‘boys had their biggest hits in the late 90s, but they’re still set to give a great performance of their old classics.


Joining them at Trinity will be West London singer-songwriter King Charles and Cambridge’s own Clean Bandit, who played several May Balls including John’s last year.