Grad Ball 2012 line-up announced

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Tickets for Graduation Ball 2012 have gone on sale, with a number of live acts confirmed in the line-up.

The ball, which this year centres on the theme of ‘Diamonds Are Forever’, will feature Maxïmo Park as the headline act.

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Set in the Great Hall Complex, popular band The Hoosiers will also grace the stage, whilst a host of other live music acts, including The Sunshine Underground, Jaguar Skills and Kissy Sellout, will also make an appearance.

The Kites, recently described as “the hottest unsigned band in the UK” by Music Week magazine, are also confirmed to perform at the ball.

Tweeting to Grad Ball’s Twitter account, @GradBall2012, The Kites commented, “We’re very much looking forward to meeting you all in June.”

Closer-to-home band Soulrigg, who formed at Lancaster University and won Battle of the Bands 2012 on campus, are also set to perform. Likewise, popular Lancaster quintet Underwater Gunfight are confirmed to appear.

On top of the live music, the ball will also see the appearance of DJs Melo, Cawky and Defjax.

Olly Trumble, LUSU Vice President (Events and Democracy), commented: “This year we have tried to deliver a variety of acts for Grad Ball and in response to feedback have invested more into the entertainments package, in order to provide a higher caliber of line-up, and also ensure that the ticket price reflects value for money. It’s incredibly exciting to have such a vibrant line–up for the event.”

He also added: “Grad ball offers the chance for students to come and share an incredibly special night to commemorate the end of their time at university. It’s a night that few forget and this year we have some special touches included in the décor to make the event all the more special – as well as some exciting food vendors and a range of high-caliber acts.”

Scheduled for June 25th following the end of exams, this year’s ball has given rise to a mixed response from the student population, with varied feedback appearing on the event’s Facebook Page. One student, who wished to remain anonymous, expressed that “It’s such a shame that [the event] being priced so high has put so many people off going.”

Adding to this, they also stated: “I think it would be better to have cheaper acts and a cheaper ticket.”

James Beedie, a member of the LUSU Events Crew, presented a view on the opposite end of the spectrum. “I’m very happy how Grad Ball looks so far, especially with the bands in the line-up. I’ve been to previous Grad Balls and I think this is the best overall line-up I’ve seen,” he said.

“I’m going because I think it’s something I should go to as a graduating student, something to sign off with that’s bigger than just an Extrav.”

Trumble was in agreement with this, commenting: “After all the hard work of study, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable way to treat yourself and to celebrate with the people you have shared the last few years with.”

Tickets are available from the LUSU building Info Desk for £44.50 with a purple card and £54.50 without.

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