May Ball… just a week away: your exclusive preview


MAY BALL is just a week away and as the excitement builds we look to outline the whole event. This year, the Union is putting on a masquerade ball and it will again be right here on campus. Split across the Union and the Arts Centre, it’s sure to be full of entertainment.

Main Stage, Arts Centre

Rizzle-kicksRizzle Kicks

They’re one of the most popular artists in the UK in the last 3 years, and to date have had four top ten singles, sold over one million records and six hundred thousand albums, and their official YouTube channel has almost 40 million views.

Their commercial success started in early 2011, when Radio 1’s Fearne Cotton championed their debut single Down With The Trumpets. That year, they supported The Streets, as well as Dizzee Rascal at Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks. They also headlined the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds after playing Radio 1’s big weekend.

In 2013 they worked with the likes of Pharell Williams and Norman Cook AKA FatBoy Slim. Their tracks ‘Lost Generation’ and ‘Skip to the good bit’ also attracted critical and commercial success. Both albums ‘stereo typical’ and ‘roaring 20s’ reached the UK top 5.

Beat-a-Maxx-picBeat a Maxx

Bringing together award winning music turntablism and video technology, Beat a Maxx play some of the biggest music while mashing it together with film and TV hits to create a unique experience. Having supported big names (such as last years May Ball Tinchy Stryder) and being a headline act in his own right, Maxx will sure bring his own unique style of DJing and video entertainment to the Union main stage.

FillersThe Fillers (Killers Tribute Act)

The Fillers, formed in 2006 in the Sam’s Town era, are the official Killers tribute band. Having played across the world, they are sure to be a crowd pleaser as they cover all of The Killers biggest hits, from ‘My Brightside‘ to ‘Somebody Told Me‘. They have received recognition from The Killers themselves, with Ronnie Vannucci Jr known to have joined the band on stage playing the drums.

rvVarski & R3wire

Secondly, Varski & R3wire are also going to be in the Main Room. Combining the skills of two DJs, this Drum and Base Duo will take to the stage. There work includes both mainstream sets and more underground sounds too. This has been helped by the fact they have worked closely with Ministry of Sound and MTV to create a quality sound.

P Money

P MoneyP Money will be appearing on the main stage in the Arts Centre, P Money is an English Grime MC known for his presence on the Dubstep scene. Hailing from Lewisham in London, P Money is well known for his unique use of reload bars as a centrepiece for is MCing. His career began in 2005, when he joined up with fellow MC’s Little Dee and Blacks and gaind serious attention with the release of ‘What Did He Say’.

Main Room, The Union

Propaganda (Indie Club Night)

Propaganda, an Indie Club Night that has reached global acclaim and known to put on some of the biggest club nights in the UK is coming to the Union. Having headlined many festivals and having a number of events every week, this DJ set is sure to be something special. Propaganda will be performing in the Union Main Room.

The Pigeon Detectices (DJ Set)

The Pigeon Detectives have grown in prominence since their conception in 2004. The indie rock band having released 4 albums and11 singles in that time. With their biggest album, Wait for Me reaching number 3 in the UK chart. They had been at many festivals, including Glastonbury and really will  be something for the Main Room of the Union. Recently, the band released their fourth album, We Met At Sea and have toured extensively across the UK, Europe and Russia.

All About She

Finally, All About She are a trio and consist of two record producers James Tadgell and John Clare, and singer Vanya Taylor. Having been signed to Tine Tempah’s record label they have worked with some of the biggest names in the genre,  including Dizzee Rascal and W Brown. They have recently released their first record, withHigher (Free) which reached number 5 on the UK Dance Chart.

Cwtch, The Union

The Cwtch bar will be hosting a number of acoustic and welsh bands throughout the evening. You can find out more about each one individually by looking at the Union page here.

  • Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog
  • Candelas
  • Sen Segur
  • My Favourite Runner-Up
  • Calum Duell

The Picture House, The Union

The Picture House will also play host this May Ball, with a number of local artists.


This years attractions will include:

  • The return of the Fun Fair, located on the Arts Centre car park
  • A formal casino on the concourse, featuring blackjack and roulette
  • Mask-style face painting on the night
  • Other stalls on the concourse

Food & Drink

Food and drink will also be available:

  • Bars available inside the Arts Centre and Students’ Union
  • Food available from Stone Willy’s & Mama Singhs

Tickets are still available from the Union website for £40, this includes access to all of the above. If this hasn’t got you quite yet in the mood for the end of year event, then check out the video for last year’s Ball and see what you think.

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