Natasha Franks reviews 601 Live, held Monday 7 September in Club 601 as a part of Freshers’ Week 2015. Photos taken by Lorelai Pfeffer. 

Monday night, an eclectic mix of performers — top UK a cappella groups, a rock band who earned their stripes supporting Blondie, and the second most blogged about musical group of 2015–took the stage of Club 601.

Director of Representation Joe Tantillo surveyed the crowd near the evening’s start, identifying a first year majority but no shortage of second, third, and even fourth years –a testament to 601 Live’s mix of new and old faces. The Carnabys, a St. Andrews favourite who joined us last year at the Secret Garden Party, and Fickle Friends came to Freshers’ Week after performing at the Fieldview Festival and headlined the event. 

The festivities opened with performances by the a cappella groups in St.Andrews. The Alleycats, the Other Guys, the Hummingbirds, and the Accidentals gave short but sweet performances, promoting their upcoming auditions. For any a cappella hopefuls, this year may prove to be fortuitous: each group has been reduced drastically in size by last year’s graduating class, opening up plenty of spaces for newbies.


Both the Carnabys and Fickle Friends successfully kept up with the energy of the crowd, interacting with students and providing plenty of photo-ready poses. The enthusiasm of the performers was contagious – one lucky fresher can now call the Carnabys her academic fathers. Remaining upbeat until the final song, 601 Live was a roaring success.

Natasha Franks