I met the lovely Louise Cameron in the less-than-lovelylibrary to pose the question - why should you buy a ticket for Bacchanalia thisyear? Described by organiser Louise as St Andrews’ “most affordable black-tieevent”, this evening of Classical world-inspired revelry offers five hours oflive music from a variety of local acts is now in its third year. On Friday 1stMarch Younger Hall will be transformed into an entertainment venue, with severalstages and performances spread out over two levels, all for only £16.
Named after the ancient Roman festival for the God of wineBacchus (Dionysus to the Greeks), the event offers a modern twist on an ancienttradition. Although the event is formal enough to give any other St Andrewsball a run for its money, Louise also stresses that this is an event wherepeople can “wear what they want – and if you do want to wear a toga then youare more than welcome to”. She describes it as a showcase of the best acts inSt Andrews, from usual favourites to up-and-coming acts in St Andrews. And it’snot all about the music: other activities previously included in the night includelife drawing, glitter drawing and fortune telling.
Some of the acts are being kept under wraps until the night,but already revealed are The Other Guysand Uklear Fusion. You can buy yourticket on Fixr and find the Facebook event here. Louisepromises a night that you won’t forget: “eccentric, ecstatic – and a little bitdifferent”.