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Review: YUSU Summer Ball 2017

Image Credits: Ben Wright
Image Credits: Ben Wright
Image Credits: Ben Wright

If you’re a student at the University of York, the annual Summer Ball organised by YUSU is an excellent way to start your summer vacation. This year I had the pleasure to attend this event as a media guest, meaning I got to wear a pink badge around my neck. It’s also worth mentioning that this is also the first time I have experienced Summer Ball so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Overall, the experience was pretty cool and I would recommend the event to anyone. My favourite parts of the entire thing were the fun rides.

On to the music of the night. As I said earlier, the line-up was very strong and unfortunately I didn’t manage to see all of the artists that were announced. Becky Hill was the first to go on stage and, I have to say, she was my favourite act. I loved her energy, her songs, her outfit. Too bad she was on the stage for less than half an hour. But it was a great half an hour, also because most people were still outside, so the place wasn’t too crowded and there was space for dancing. The funny thing is that, although I had no idea who she was before I saw the lineup and I was more excited for Charli XCX and Lady Leshurr, Becky Hill ended up being my favourite. So, Becky, if you’re reading this, you should know a new fan has just joined your fandom.

Now, Charli XCX’s performance was something interesting. Another funny thing is that when I read the list of artists performing they said there “Charli XCX DJ Set”. It might be just me, but I really believed that Charli XCX and DJ Set were two different people. So, I went in there thinking that I will see a concert from Charli XCX. Turns out that Charli XCX DJ Set means that she would be a DJ-ing, not singing her songs. I know, I should’ve done my research better before going to the Summer Ball. So, we basically watched her the entire time moving around the stage and encouraging us to sing along and dance…to songs that we hear everywhere on a daily basis. As one of my friends said, she simply played songs from Top 20 on Spotify. It’d be fair to mention that she did sing two or three songs of hers but still, she was on stage for a very long time. And at that point, the place was so packed you couldn’t move a finger. But, at least we were in the same room as Charli XCX, am I right?

The last artist that I saw on stage before heading home was Lady Leshurr. Unfortunately, I missed the beginning of her act because I was outside for some fresh air but by the time I got back inside the crowd was already smaller, just the perfect size. I find Lady Leshurr very funny most of the time. In a good way, of course. And the night of the Summer Ball wasn’t an exception: she put on a cool show and interacted a lot with the audience. I probably understood only half of everything she said, because her accent was really strong, but that’s okay because it made her even funnier. And her music was the main reason why I was there.

After Lady Leshurr finished, people started to head towards the exit and among those people was me. And I left quite happy that I had the chance to experience this. So, as I said at the beginning, I’d recommend it to everyone.