This year the Saint has the exclusive inside scoop on the hottest event of Freshers’ Week. We have been given the official press release for Starfields 2019, so that we can give you all the information you need to know about one of the most highly anticipated events of each academic year. Not only is this event the headline of St Andrews Freshers’ Week, but it is also one of the most popular student-run music festivals in the entire UK, having hosted musicians such as Cheat Codes, Gorgon City, Klingande, and more!
This event has become the way for students to celebrate the start of their year: gathering in Lower College Lawn to listen to some iconic musical talent. To give you an idea of just how much students look forward to this event each year, their 2018 early-bird tickets sold out in under 20 minutes!
This year’s event also promises to be “a revolutionary take on a summer music festival”. Starfields 2019 will be particularly special, as the team pursues a more environmentally conscious and friendly event. The new and improved SF is now adopting a sustainable ethos, complete with recyclable cups, water cartons, and compostable materials. There will be a strong emphasis on reducing waste and incorporating these sustainable alternative as it is FS’ corporate mission this year to minimize the waste produced at their events.
Many music festivals produce enormous amounts of waste, so this emphasis on reducing the carbon footprint of the event is an amazing step forward. The team says: “We hope that these measures will make us one of the most sustainable student event organisations in the UK”. In pursuing this new mission, the FS team is also “raising awareness about how event culture within St. Andrews, and across British universities, may become more ethical and ecologically-minded. This will include working with sponsors and vendors who will be asked to be mindful of this sustainable message”.
The final piece to the full picture of Starfields is, of course, charity. The St Andrews Charity Fashion Show is first and foremost a charitable organization that has raised over £570,000 for various charities over the last 28 years. They also have an immense virtual reach of over 150,000 people, who they can communicate with in promoting their new sustainable ethos as well as their philanthropic pursuits.
In conclusion, the FS team are hoping to create a quintessential end-of-summer celebration that will equally celebrate and kick off the start of the year. “We want to capture the electricity and excitement of Freshers’ week, providing students with a night they will want to remember,” says the head of press Georgia Davies. “Starfields aims to merge cutting edge dance music with a carefree night of fun before the semester’s work begins. It is really important to us that freshers and final year students alike enjoy the event and feel able to express themselves: be that through fashion, dancing or enjoying some of the fantastic vendors that we are featuring this year.”
So now you’ve heard everything there is to know about the most popular event of Freshers’ week. And, whether you decide to attend Starfields 2019 on September 14th or not, we hope that you feel more informed about this very special St Andrews event. To stay up to date on standard release tickets and the list of acts make sure to head over and like the Starfields Facebook page.