It may only be January but the Kent Law Campaign Student Group’s Law Ball which took place on Friday 24th January is already being described as the “Event of the Year!” If you were not there, then you missed out! It took place across two floors: Emily (Chair) and Noren (Vice Chair) greeted guests with a complimentary glass of wine on the top floor while the DJ played upbeat songs and old friends caught up. Sharlott (Communications Officer) mingled with the crowd and enticed them over to the raffle table to see our fabulous selection of prizes including Blackwell’s book vouchers and a MAC voucher.
There were two performers on the top floor. First up was Sabiyha, a 19 year-old singer-songwriter from Croydon who has been ‘BBC Introduced’ on the BBC Asian Network. Next came the hotly anticipated Luke Burr, an 18 year-old singer-songwriter from Essex who in recent years has come 3rd in The Live and Unsigned Competition and won Essex’s Got Talent in 2010. As the night went on the room filled up which created a “buzz” and excitement was well and truly in the air.
At 9:30pm the Kent Law Campaign Student Group revealed their surprise, a video about our experience on the committee, created by Eddie (Technical Officer)! The video received a great reaction and was followed by a speech from the Chair of the Campaign, Professor Richard de Friend. Everyone was left feeling proud to be involved with supporting the Kent Law Campaign. Thereafter, the DJ carried on the party vibe upstairs and got everyone on their feet, including members of staff. At one point a guest grabbed the microphone and sung along karaoke style!
Meanwhile, on the lower floor there was a more relaxed atmosphere to begin with as Sophie (Social Secretary) greeted guests while Chereece (Secretary) was on photography duty. Alice Heggie, a singer-songwriter from the Corporate Events team at the University kicked things off in the acoustic area by performing a beautiful set. Next up was Stroke of Luck, an up and coming five-piece indie rock band from Oxford who have previously supported Bastille and Electric Six. They started off their set with a lively rendition of ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ before moving into a soulful version of ‘No Woman No Cry.’ They also performed a selection of their own songs including old favourite ‘Forced It’ and even treated the crowd to a new song ‘Penance.’ Watch out for these guys, big things are sure to follow! George Ogilvie, a 20 year-old singer songwriter from Canterbury then performed a mixture of his own songs and covers including ‘Hold On We’re Going Home.’ His powerful voice was enjoyed by all. Whilst guests queued up to get their delicious burgers, the last acoustic set of the night took to the stage: talented 19 year-old singer-songwriter Luke Jackson from Canterbury. He had a great 2013 after being nominated for the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. He began his set with ‘Counting Stars’ and went on to perform a number of his own songs including ‘Sister’ from his second album ‘Fumes and Faith.’ His rich voice, mature lyrics and commanding presence really caught the attention of the guests! All of the performers are certain to have a bright future.
Luke Burr later moved downstairs to perform a more energetic set and he definitely got the after party started! He performed songs including ‘Rather Be’ and ‘Happy’; his animated performance made sure everyone was up dancing! Once the after party was in full swing, the Student Group introduced their next surprise – a twister competition! Amongst the music and dancing, a few individuals braved the twister mat. Soon everyone was getting involved and the room was filled with fun and giggles! As guests began to leave at 1am, people were still dancing the night away. The evening came to a close around 1:45am, at which time everyone was still so enthusiastic and could not stop talking about the Kent Law Campaign! The night was a huge success and everyone agreed it was definitely A Night to Remember. The total raised for the evening was over £6,000!!
Old friends catching up and socialising.
Four members of ‘Stroke of Luck’ having fun with the photo props! L-R James Sparkes, Steve Knight, Adam Frost and Ed Rixon.
The premiere of our amazing video! Watch it now:
Professor Richard de Friend making his speech.
Luke Burr getting the after party started!
Thanks to Sam Allard and Deepan Jaddoo for the amazing photos!
Check out our acts:
Luke Burr: http://www.youtube.com/user/MrBurrsy
Alice Heggie: http://www.youtube.com/user/aliceheggie
Stroke of Luck: http://www.youtube.com/user/StrokeOfLuckBand/
George Ogilvie: http://www.youtube.com/user/gogilvieac
Luke Jackson: http://www.youtube.com/user/Lukepauljackson
Blog by Vicki Attwood and Eddie Kidong Lee