You can always count on Starfields to fully immerse you back into the St Andrews life. For many, the event may seem daunting upon entry, but once you throw yourself into the thick of it, it was hard to find a reason to leave. The hours leading up to Starfields were littered with game plans for pres, the often forgotten, and thus pleasant surprise that alcohol was still purchasable, and the stark contrast between the locals and festival-wearing students holding bottles of Lucozade that were most definitely not Lucozade. All day, the town was buzzing with excitement for the big event.
Like all events hosted by the St Andrews Charity Fashion Show (FS), Starfields was held in the Lower College Lawn. If you noticed that the event seemed a bit minimal in terms of decorations, the blame is to lie with the ever-reliably windy Scottish weather. At the door, guests were greeted by inflatable pools filled with canned drinks (which disappointingly, yet completely understably, were not alcohol) from their sponsors- Aspire Energy and Remedy Kombucha. I found myself heading towards the back to grab a can or two throughout the event. Littered around the lawn were various food stalls, many of which were food not available in St Andrews at any other times other than Starfields. A fan favourite, Wildfire Pizza, is a small food truck based in Dundee. Guests were able to munch on fresh, custom-made pizza thanks to their wood-fired pizza kitchen food truck. The bar, situated right in the middle of the lawn, was adequately long enough for the customers who had brought cash to the event. But with an event that boasts over 2,300 guests each year, the bar was understaffed and many customers found themselves waiting a tad too long to get a drink.
But the highlight of the music festival itself is, of course, the music. There were debates on which artist had the best set- but everyone agrees that the music this year has been the best we have ever seen from the show. For tickets as low as £40, music-goers were able to see big name, Grammy Award winning (and losing) artists- which is a feat considering the secluded location of St Andrews. The dance floor was packed, but with outlying areas that allowed guests to get as crazy as they wanted with dance moves.
What makes Starfields one of my favourite events here at St Andrews is the location and conception of the event itself. Being in town center, the town becomes a part of the event- which is ideal, since Starfields takes place from 16:00-22:00. Students host pres before, and with the event ending before midnight, the party continues on in afters. The idea of Starfields as a music festival allows it to break away from the formality and stuffiness that occur with balls. Attendees were not only able to dress up, but also experiment with their attire (in what is arguably the most fashionable event in St Andrews) and not have the stiffness involved with long gowns and black suits. Guests were laying down on the grass socialising with old friends and new with Matoma’s “All Night” playing all around.
With classes having started a day after the event ended, it’s pretty accurate to say that summer really wasn’t over until Starfields was.