Trinity Ball 2013 review
Last night (April 6th) was the magical evening of the annual Trinity Ball. Despite the temperature dropping to minus one during the course of the night hundreds of students got decked out in their finest to attend the ‘largest private party in Europe’. The atmosphere-though decidedly more alcoholic than your average gig (despite the classy dress-code) – was totally electric and made for a night of incredible and intimate gigs.
I was fortunate to attend some of the big acts that night that went on in the numerous tents erected all over the grounds.
The first act I caught was Imagine Dragons the main tent where I was nearly crushed in probably the largest mosh-pit I have ever been involved in! They started out with a few quite mellow tunes which slowly set heads banging and put hands in the air. They of course played most of their best known songs during the short set-I identified Amsterdam and Radioactive among others. A very energetic start to the night!
I then caught the end of the Alunageorge set on the second stage which was a less crowded affair! I didn’t know the group before this gig (I was recommended them by a girl in my course) but they had an easy, chilled out sound with some killer vocals from the teeny lead singer! I have since downloaded a pleasantly trippy number called ‘Your drums, your love’ which was their finale at the Ball.
I had a brief stop off to catch a close friend of mine’s band in front square. Syracuze (formerly known as The Rumour) played a particularly catchy set and threw t-shirts into the crowd. With a particularly varied range of instruments and a cult following among students the crowd was particularly enthusiastic at this one!
Dead Prezidents were DJ-ing in the Lounge tent and keeping everyone energised with some rave-able dance mixes so I warmed up there before hitting the dance tent for a mind blowing set from Flux Pavilion that made everyone forget it was 3am and they were tired! There was not a person in the tent who wasn’t shaking it to the beats.
The crowning glory of the evening was of course the grand finale-Bastille! I was lucky enough to be pushed right up to the front. The band was incredibly energised and really got the crowd going. They started out with a few covers of older songs with their own spin on them such as City High’s ‘What would you do?’ and Corona’s ‘The rhythm of the night’. They then got into the swing of things belting out their best known songs before finishing with their chart-topping tune ‘Pompeii’ which had everyone in the crowd screaming the lyrics along with them before wandering home in a haze of euphoria (and in many cases alcohol).
Overall the night was heaven for music lovers, fashionistas and fun lovers and despite being in the cold outdoors the sound, lighting and overall quality was outstanding at every one of the gigs! Despite the pricey ticket, this gig-or rather festival-was truly a phenomenal experience.
Review by Kat Clinch