Although latest headlines about the Australia bushfire crisis suggest that most of the flames have now been contained, there is no reason to forget about what’s happened to our friends down under. “A Night of Music for Australia” was one of the UNAStA’s biweekly fundraising events to raise money and awareness “for a cause that [they] are passionate”, the WWF’s Australian Bushfire Emergency Fund. This charity focuses on wildlife and the people of Australia. It’s been estimated that 1.25 billion animals have been killed across Australia, with nearly 3,000 homes destroyed by the fires, so you can understand why this is a charity that UNAStA chose to support.
The evening was a super cosy affair — BrewCo (South Street) is one of my favourite pubs in St Andrews and always has a great atmosphere, so it was a great choice for an event like this. I really liked the idea of a really small, intimate event, especially since it was donation based. It felt very calm and relaxed — a nice way to end the week. Since it was upstairs in BrewCo, there wasn’t a lot of space for guests to sit — especially since Feminist Society also had an event going on upstairs. That was the one downside of this event — it was quite cramped and I did have to go downstairs for some parts of the evening. Nonetheless it was a really lovely, intimate setting which gave off a very chilled vibe.
The music was well suited to the atmosphere, which obviously contributed to the vibe of the whole evening. The music was well chosen and blended; it was lovely and jazzy — something different to a lot of the other events around St Andrews. I particularly enjoyed Joseph Young of Bootleg, who came all the way from Dundee, braving the weather. Overall, the evening was a really nice way to end a busy week of classes — I really enjoy any no drama, no pressure event, so it was lovely to be able to attend one in my favourite pub.