Freshers' Ball – Disaster?

For many, the highlight of their Freshers’ Fortnight is the Freshers’ Ball. But this year many will remember it for the shockingly poor quality of acts that turned up. MK […]


For many, the highlight of their Freshers’ Fortnight is the Freshers’ Ball. But this year many will remember it for the shockingly poor quality of acts that turned up.

MK produced a poor set considering his reputation, a high and drunk S Club lip-synced their way through their set and the Garden Court was absolutely empty (again).

MK’s set led one fresher to write on Facebook:

I can’t wait for SUSU DJ Soc to start, so I can discover the art to selling out an entire freshers event and get away with pressing play once and not touching the decks or laptop at all through the entire set #studentfeesgoodbye”

Interestingly, the feedback on MK’s performance at the Warehouse Project on the same night went down very well. Perhaps his mind was elsewhere during his set at The Cube.

Only three of S Club were actually scheduled to turn up in the first place and one of them still didn’t make it. The two who did show were reportedly drunk and high, barely managing to remember to lip-sync along to the songs, which weren’t even their own.

Supposedly high and drunk whilst performing

Supposedly high and drunk whilst performing

Eventually they gave up the pretence that they were actually an act and just began a karaoke session.

"Nah let's just put Britney on"

“Nah, let’s just put Britney on”

Fewer people turned up to the Garden Court than went to the four-man EDL protest on campus the other day. It was the same last year. Perhaps it’s time for SUSU to drop that venue completely…

The Garden Court was a ghost town

The Garden Court was a ghost town

This, to be fair, was probably due to Naughty Boy’s drop-out due to a family emergency. He was due to play in the Garden Court.

SUSU could at least control the doors better next time- the Bridge was so full that one girl reportedly suffered a panic attack – she was seen to by a medical team.

Can't imagine it was too much fun being those freshers

Can’t imagine it was too much fun being those freshers

One positive was the Silent Disco – freshers praised the event more than any other. Considering that last year it was marred by technical faults, SUSU deserve credit for persevering and creating an event which will now probably be a mainstay of many events that they hold in the future.

Most freshers still had an alright to good night, but the general feeling is that considering the ticket prices, the acts should have been much more professional in their behaviour. One fresher said:

It wasn’t worth the price. It was more like a standard night out clubbing, worth £5- £10 max.”

Looking to next year, maybe SUSU should cut down the number of acts so that they can spend more on bringing in quality over quantity. And considering the reviews, they shouldn’t bother getting 2/7th’s of a pop band in again. Save that for Oceana.

Were you at this year’s Fresher’s Ball? Let us know what you thought of the night in the comments below!