Szentek: reviewed

This year Szentek truly established itself as the most exciting event in the St Andrews’ social calendar. In its fourth year running, Szentek transformed Kinkell Byre, creating an immersive, sensory experience and ultimately an insane party. The night was meticulously curated with world renowned DJs playing alongside student and local artists, as well as art installations. The results were explosive. 

When first walking into Kinkell, we were greeted by Room 3, which undoubtedly showcased how talented the students in this town are with Wax Collective, Copper Coil and Szentek’s resident DJs playing. Inside the venue, the Fife barn was brilliantly transformed by hanging murals and artworks, creating an ambiance that felt authentically raw and essentially underground. Personal highlights come in the form of a sculpture made from Tenants cans, and the digital art by Zmotionsz. Also, the one-off set with St Andrews’ own Max Dupa, accompanied by the live jazz and funk band, Two This for That, was incredible. The unique metamorphosis of style was an unforgettable audible experience. Pure butter. 

The second room created a more intimate experience, Peverelist, IDA and Palidrone sustained an eclectic vibe ranging from techno to acid house. We were treated to sounds that spanned the world of dance and beyond: this room was bursting with energy. 

The main room was an auditory delight. Legendary DJ duo Optimo went above and beyond expectations, bringing their renowned Optimo night from Glasgow to Fife, they created a groovy experience, jumping from funk to punk, electro, 50s swing and more. Éclair Fifi delivered an astounding set bringing the party to life for the energetic crowd. It was great to see so much female representation at the event, in light of how male dominated the music industry is. It also cannot be forgotten that all proceeds from the event went towards ‘Variety’, a charity for disabled children. 

Congratulations to the Szentek committee for an outstanding night, it was a blast.  

Preview: Starfields 2019 – Summer’s Closing Ceremony

Every year, students descend upon Lower College Lawn to enjoy Starfields, an event which marks the culmination of a jam-packed Freshers’ Week and the beginning of the new university year.  Owl Eyes has been given the inside scoop on this year’s festival and we are more excited than ever for all of our readers to attend.

As one of the UK’s most popular student-run music festivals, with previous headliners such as Michael Calfan, Gorgon City and Klingande, Starfields 2019 promises to be bigger, better and more environmentally friendly than ever.  The line-up of Saturday 14th September promises a night filled with all of your summer favourites.  Featuring “Rinse and Repeat” DJ Riton and house and hip-hop favourite, Crazy Cousinz. Summer, and indeed Freshers Week, 2019 will be concluded by headliner, Matoma.

Starting in Spring this year, FS’s Head of Music, James Wearmouth has been working closely with Executive Director, Daniel Craig to capture the sound of summer.  James says “What we wanted to do at Starfields was to allow people to relive summer through the music and atmosphere – drinking, catching up with friends and, of course, dancing the night away to a summer vibes soundtrack”.

Not only will you enjoy soaking up the last dregs of summer (and hopefully sunshine) but your itchy feet are sure to find solace in this year’s line-up.

The environmental aspect of the event further peaked our attention. Within the official press release, the committee promise “a revolutionary take on a summer music festival”, with the adoption of a more sustainable ethos, complete with recyclable cups, water cartons and compostable materials.

Also emphasised was the importance of minimising waste produced at the event.  The team are intent on making event culture within St Andrews, and across British universities, more ethical and ecologically-minded.

Since birth, Starfields has held a special place in the St Andrews calendar, concluding Freshers and welcoming us all back to the bubble for another semester.  Georgia Davies, head of press, says “We want to capture the electricity and excitement of Freshers’ week, providing students with a night they will want to remember” with the event aiming “to merge cutting edge dance music with a carefree night of fun before the semester’s work begins.”

Owl Eyes are extremely excited to experience another year of Starfields, summer’s closing ceremony, and we look forward to seeing many of you there.

There’s even a Starfields 2019 playlist on Spotify to help you get the party started.

To buy tickets go to this link and keep eyes peeled on their Facebook page for regular updates.