To wrap up their annual mini-arts festival, On The Rocks teamed up with Jazzworks to fill Sandy’s Bar with some lovely jazz tunes. As those acquainted with the band already know, Jazzworks provide the perfect setting for a chilled night with friends, and Saturday evening was no exception.
Musicians took turns playing and mingling, and satisfied the audience alternating between beloved classics (Fly Me to The Moon is always a crowd-pleaser) and upbeat tempos, for a good 2 hours. Everyone sat in groups on the sofas and enjoyed friendly chats over a drink, which all added to the laid-back atmosphere.
Discussions occasionally stopped, but only to appreciate the music. Halfway through the evening, the room fell suddenly silent as the singer gracefully started the first notes of Feelin’ Good: this was undoubtedly one of the evening’s highlights.
The event was then followed by a Stand-Up show brought by the St Andrews Comedy Society: a large crowd entered the bar for the occasion. Many students performed, and I was impressed by the courage they had to go up on stage and how they made people laugh.
Overall, the evening showcased a good sample of what the St Andrews arts scene is capable of: a wide range of creative forms and expressions, all driven by passion (and talent!), bringing a crowd of people together to share it, and, first and foremost, organising a renowned and successful festival. This year once again, I am fully convinced by what On The Rocks has to offer and I left the event eager to discover what surprises they have in store for the upcoming semester!