Ready for a ball at Trinity - 'you don't want it to end'

Sat, Apr 21, 2012, 01:00

LAST NIGHT saw the annual Trinity Ball deliver yet another memorable night for many students.

This year’s ball, the 53rd, was the fastest-selling on record, with 1,000 tickets purchased in the first two minutes of sales.

That was a surprising feat considering the lack of top-tier headline acts in the line-up, with Marina and the Diamonds and Labrinth cancelling at the eleventh hour.

However, “it’s really never about the music”, said Jon Creasy, who came from Austin, Texas to visit friends and attend his fifth Trinity Ball. “It’s the atmosphere – your friends and everyone is excited, so eventually even the music sounds good. When that moment comes at 5.30 in the morning and the music stops, it’s always so terrible, you don’t want it to end.”

Home-grown Trinity Orchestra kicked the night off in style, welcoming people to Front Square. Organisers and security were particularly on alert after there was controversy last year when Jessie J criticised drunkenness she witnessed during her show.

Partying was also in full swing in Belfield last night at the UCD Ball. Last year the event was postponed for two days after a dispute with university authorities over access to the campus.