Local promotions company, Dirty Box Promotions (DBP), responsible for some of Southampton’s biggest bookings, collaborate with the students’ union, SUSU, to organise the event. Last year’s event took advantage of The Union’s size, splitting up the lineup across its bars and club space so as to cater to different tastes, whilst erecting a miniature funfare outside on the Redbrick to provide plenty of entertainment for partygoers. This saw the vast majority of the University’s students’ union converted into a sprawling venue for freshers, with acts performing in The Cube (the union’s nightclub venue), The Bridge Bar, Garden Court, and within The Stag’s Head pub. All this cumulates to provide what is intended to be the highpoint, and finale of Freshers’ Fortnight, with a lot on offer, and hopefully something to please everyone. If, however, the event is carried off well across the large venue, and whether the roster of acts excites this year’s incoming freshers, of course, still remains to be seen.
The night’s headliner, MK, is a well made choice. Last year his remix of Storm Queen’s “Look Right Through“, became something of a club staple around the time of last year’s freshers and soon earned itself a place at the top of the UK chart upon release in November. In the time since, MK, born Mark Kinchen, has released a staggering list of new material including originals and along with further high-profile remixes that prove that right now, Kinchen is at the top of his producing game. As if mainstream recognition weren’t testament enough to Kinchen’s success, his previous appearance in Southampton at the Mo Warehouse, last March, sold out six weeks in advance. Alongside playing at SUSU, MK will also appear at Southampton Solent’s Freshers’ Ball. It seems like Southampton really can’t get enough of the American producer, luckily for those still keen to catch MK in Southampton, but wary of risking a foray into volatile Freshers’ territory, MK will proceed on later to the Warehouse, accompanied by Kidnap Kid as part of his ‘My Head is A Jungle’ tour.
Kidnap Kid‘s return to Southampton will likely be gladly welcomed after a well received set earlier this year. The up and coming house producer is already garnering a wide fan-base, having supported both Disclosure and Clean Bandit on their respective tours. Similarly, many will likely remember the infectious beats of Toyboy & Robin‘s single “Jaded“. The duo’s distinct style captures deep house at it’s most catchy.
Meanwhile, the British singer-songwriter, Jess Glynn, is billed to perform a live set. Glynn’s laid back vocals grace two of the past year’s most popular number one singles, Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be” and Route 94‘s “My Love“, and undeniably contribute, in no small part, to their success. Also on the lineup is London based DJ, and record producer Naughty Boy, best known for his track “La La La“, featuring Sam Smith.
Entry to SUSU Freshers’ Ball is included under the Masterpass deal, however individual tickets for the event are also available to purchase for £25. Further details on SUSU’s Freshers’ calendar will be released in due course.