Review: Starfields 2019

As expected, this year’s Starfields saw FS deliver on all their promises of a fitting conclusion to Freshers’ week and summer 2019. 

Photography: Henry Memmott

Grumbles had been heard about the price of a ticket and upon arrival, not much seemed to have changed from previous years.  However, looking closer, the layout of the bar (it being central and square) was an excellent move by the committee.  This allowed for gin and tonics to be an easy and accessible delight for the masses, whilst also being served in recyclable vessels. A big tick from us. 

One addition this year was the presence of St Andrews’ beloved hairdresser Spoiled, who were doing glittered braids.  A simple idea but one which was well-received and had some fantastic-looking results, complimenting the general sea of Hawaiian shirts and sequinned skirts. 

Photography: Henry Memmott

Though there was no Blackhorn to be seen, the two stalls of sweet and savoury options were extremely popular and looked delicious.  Other areas included a beanbag space which worked less well, though we were pleased to note the availability of hydration in the form of kombucha, rather than plastic balls, in the ball pit.  

Photography: Henry Memmott

Of course, we should discuss the main event: the music.  The production was aesthetically pleasing, with light and smoke displays adding an impressive edge upon previous years’ events.  The music did not disappoint, providing dance classics to which one could throw many a shape, with ‘Rinse & Repeat’ DJ Riton’s set really getting the crowd going. 

Photography: Henry Memmott

All in all, we were very impressed, and the standards set by Starfields has us looking forward to what FS 2020 has to offer. 

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.