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And It’s All About Tonight… more Grad Ball Details

Over the past few weeks you’ve patiently waited as we’ve drip fed you, little by little, more and more details about your Graduation Ball!

With 8 hours of  live music and comedy across 3 rooms, a carnival and over 3,000 students, the Graduation Ball is already set to be one fantastic night!

And now, with tickets due to go on sale in just two hours, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for – the headline act for your Graduation Ball 2012!

Winner of an MTV Europe Music award, with 2 UK Number 1s, 93 weeks in the chart and over 1 million records sold worldwide, as well as having recorded duets with Jason Derulo and more recently, Tinchy Stryder, I can FINALLY announce that our headline act is…

Pixie LogoPixie Lott

Alongside acts already announced: Shappi Khorsandi, Charlie Baker, The Cuban Brothers, Chris Stark, and Chesney Hawkes, Pixie will be tearing up the stage with all the dance tracks that you know and love, and really getting the Icehouse rocking – it’s going to be an incredible event.

Tickets go on sale TODAY at 1pm and you can buy them from The Box Office

…But that’s not all, as the days and nights fly by in the lead up to your Graduation Ball, we’ll be revealing a few more details that’ll make your night that little bit more special!

In the meantime – here’s one of Pixie’s tunes to get you in the mood, enjoy!

 

 

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36 Comments on "And It’s All About Tonight… more Grad Ball Details"

  1. Beckie
    Fox
    18/04/2012 at 11:07 am Permalink

    Very pleased! A lot better than previous years!

  2. Beckie
    Sam C
    18/04/2012 at 11:20 am Permalink

    Are you serious?

  3. Beckie
    Frankie
    18/04/2012 at 12:04 pm Permalink

    Yep and there’s lots of other different acts too to suit different people’s tastes.

  4. Beckie
    Tom
    18/04/2012 at 12:37 pm Permalink

    Not really

  5. Beckie
    Jonny
    18/04/2012 at 12:43 pm Permalink

    Hi Tom,

    I would argue that the different acts do fit lots of different people’s tastes and perhaps you may be one of the people that happen not to like any of the acts that SUSU have booked but unfortunately with a limited number of acts this will happen every year. I am still confident that if you wish to attend that you will 100% enjoy the night.

  6. Beckie
    Sam C
    18/04/2012 at 1:06 pm Permalink

    Only jokin I love Pixie Lott!!!

  7. Beckie
    Ashley Panesar
    18/04/2012 at 3:47 pm Permalink

    Not as much as ME. I love Pixie Lott. I touched her hand once!!

  8. Beckie
    Benjamin
    18/04/2012 at 11:34 am Permalink

    lol. Fail.

  9. Beckie
    Tom
    18/04/2012 at 11:57 am Permalink

    What a load of balls

  10. Beckie
    Lauren
    18/04/2012 at 11:58 am Permalink

    Can finalists buy tickets for people who aren’t at Southampton?

  11. Beckie
    Frankie
    18/04/2012 at 12:02 pm Permalink

    Hi Lauren

    Yes, you can buy up to 4 tickets per person 🙂

  12. Beckie
    Ned
    18/04/2012 at 12:04 pm Permalink

    Hi there, I’ve got a couple of questions.

    How much will drinks be at the ball? (is it set by Oceana?)

    Do you predict tickets will sell out quickly? Do I need to do it tomorrow?

    Will there be a itemized list of the expenditure of the event, so we can see where the money was spent? Where could we find this info/apply to have it?

    Thanks in advance for answers!

  13. Beckie
    Frankie
    18/04/2012 at 12:17 pm Permalink

    Hi Ned

    Thanks for your comment.

    The drinks prices will be set by us in conjunction with Oceana. The prices will be aimed at the student market and Sam will be releasing the costs soon in another blog.

    We expect that tickets will sell quickly, so it’s probably best to get your tickets sooner rather than later.

    Specific costs (i.e. of artists) can’t be disclosed due to contracts, but Sam will write a blog with some comparatitive costs from previous years.

    Hope this helps.

  14. Beckie
    Milly
    18/04/2012 at 12:30 pm Permalink

    Amazing, cant wait :).
    thank you SUSU

  15. Beckie
    fatfatty
    18/04/2012 at 1:01 pm Permalink

    will there be free food?

  16. Beckie
    Frankie
    18/04/2012 at 2:20 pm Permalink

    There won’t be free food no, if food was included the ticket price would be much more expensive.

    We’ll be holding a reception event in SUSU and there will also be food stalls at the Graduation Ball where you can purchase food from.

  17. Beckie
    fatfatty
    18/04/2012 at 5:45 pm Permalink

    what are we paying for then??? could have gone seen Pixie Lott in concert in london for a tenner

  18. Beckie
    Frankie
    19/04/2012 at 10:24 am Permalink

    You’re paying for everything included within the Graduation Ball which includes the fun stuff like acts and the carnival all the way to the security, risk assessments, tech and the fencing around the venue. And there’s much more than this too.

  19. Beckie
    Unimpressed.
    18/04/2012 at 2:14 pm Permalink

    I have 2 distinct views on this..

    1. £50 for 40 mins of Pixie Lott. Not amused. Where is Guetta? Nero? Chase & Status? Swedish House Mafia? DJ Fresh?

    2. The opportunity to schwarm Pixie Lott. Hopefully.

  20. Beckie
    Frankie
    18/04/2012 at 5:32 pm Permalink

    The £49 ticket cost is for everything included within the Graduation Ball, not just Pixie Lott. If you were to see Pixie Lott at a separate gig you could pay anything up to £37. I appreciate that Pixie Lott is not for everyone, but this is why we have included lots of different acts in other rooms to cater to a broader audience.

  21. Beckie
    Tom McNally
    18/04/2012 at 4:00 pm Permalink

    Does anyone know if Pixie’s got a date for the ball? :s

  22. Beckie
    ell
    18/04/2012 at 4:43 pm Permalink

    shocked you won’t release the expenditure? is all the money put on tickets going towards the things you have said… answer: no. so bit unfair to not release it.

  23. Beckie
    Sam Ling
    20/04/2012 at 12:43 pm Permalink

    I’ve made a comment below which should provide you a sensible answer: below:

    “Currently the budget is set to break even at around 67% of sales (or around 90% of last years sales). The reason for this is that it would be extremely irresponsible to predict a sell out budget when we’ve increased the capacity for the event, although of course that is what we would like to happen, and so setting the break even at 67% (which is still a challenging figure to hit) strikes the balance between investing as much as we can in providing our best Grad Ball yet, but not exposing the Union to an unacceptable level of risk (with the potential to loose tens of thousands of pounds).

    Its also worth noting that the costs involved in the Graduation Ball budget does not include the substantial amount of staff time involved in pulling off such a high profile event.

    Any profits that are made from the ball will go right back into fund the wide range of services, support, and representation that you’ve enjoyed and benefited from during your time at University, and it will not be wasted.

    I hope that’s a helpful response,
    Sam”

  24. Beckie
    Hannah
    18/04/2012 at 6:24 pm Permalink

    I think you’ve done a great job. I organised a ball at high school …and even with considerably less people it’s just impossible to please everyone! Even though people are questioning the venue, it seems like a great idea to me because its got such a large capacity so hopefully they’ll be enough tickets

    ~Great job guys, role on June 12th 🙂

  25. Beckie
    Sam Ling
    20/04/2012 at 12:40 pm Permalink

    Thanks Hannah, I really appreciate the comment. I’m certain that this will be the best Grad Ball that we’ve ever provided, and I’m really looking forward to celebrating the end of 3-4 (or more!) years of hard work with one last big farewell.

  26. Beckie
    Reader
    18/04/2012 at 10:17 pm Permalink

    Love it! Seriously all the haters get a grip! What more do you want?

  27. Beckie
    Jen
    19/04/2012 at 9:41 am Permalink

    Hi,

    Can I just ask a genuine question without complaining – with a £49 ticket, how much profit will SUSU make on this event? I know SUSU makes a lot of money in Freshers’ week, so I just wondered if this event was being run on the same basis.

    Thanks,

    Jen

  28. Beckie
    Sam Ling
    20/04/2012 at 12:38 pm Permalink

    Hi Jen,

    Its possibly interesting to note that Freshers week itself actually just about breaks even. A lot of money is turned over during the week, but its used to fund the wide range of events and activities that go on (bunfight, safety day, etc.)

    As for how much profit the Graduation Ball makes, it depends on the number of tickets sold.

    Currently the budget is set to break even at around 67% of sales (or around 90% of last years sales). The reason for this is that it would be extremely irresponsible to predict a sell out budget when we’ve increased the capacity for the event, although of course that is what we would like to happen, and so setting the break even at 67% (which is still a challenging figure to hit) strikes the balance between investing as much as we can in providing our best Grad Ball yet, but not exposing the Union to an unacceptable level of risk (with the potential to loose tens of thousands of pounds).

    Its also worth noting that the costs involved in the Graduation Ball budget does not include the substantial amount of staff time involved in pulling off such a high profile event.

    Any profits that are made from the ball will go right back into fund the wide range of services, support, and representation that you’ve enjoyed during your time at University, and it will not be wasted.

    I hope that’s a helpful response,
    Sam

  29. Beckie
    Katy
    19/04/2012 at 10:57 am Permalink

    Im not bitching about the event and I think the line up is ok although I saw Pixie do a full concert set in a venue about the same size for about £16 last year. Im just wondering what we actually get for the ticket money in terms of drinks and food and the carnival, and what kind of expenditure we are going to have to pay on top? I think all the ideas are good Im just worried that with having to pay for transport, food, drink, the stalls at the funfair etc on top of the £49 ticket price and whatever I want to shell out for an outfit, its going to become a really expensive night, especially given that its the end of our third year and money is somewhat tight! I understand that its difficult to please everyone I just think quite a few people were expecting a graduation ball rather than club night.

  30. Beckie
    Sam Ling
    20/04/2012 at 12:29 pm Permalink

    Katy,

    As with many artists as they become more popular the cost increases (currently a Pixie Lott concert can cost anything up to £37).

    As for what you get for your money, you’ll get three main rooms with full lineups offering a range of experiences ranging from the big name acts, to top quality comedy.

    The 3 big rides for the carnival will be free, with some smaller stalls which will charge. There are also food stalls there which will also charge for those who want to eat later on in the evening.

    We have far greater control over drinks prices than we have had in previous venues, and so you will not be ripped off at the bar just because its a ball.

    If we were to have offered food the cost of the ticket would have been substantially higher, which is why this stopped happening last year. Even then to achieve dining at a reasonable price the number of diners were restricted, and the cost of the dining ticket was subsidised by those paying the non dining price. This is something which I believed is completely wrong, which is why we have not reintroduced such an offer.

    We appreciate money worries, which is why we set the date for ticket sales to be at the start of Easter term for the first time ever to time it with the release of the third loan payment. Previously tickets would go on sale mid march which is when generally student are poorest.

    Unfortunately running such events is expensive, however we have done all that we can to keep the costs as low as possible, including absorbing the £5 card charge from last year into the event budget, which would mean that for many students the cost of the ball this year is £6 cheaper than it would have been the year before.

    We are providing more than just a club night, but a broad programme of high quality entertainment, along with a venue big enough to house at least half of this years graduating students. We’ve also built on the most popular aspects of previous balls which includes activities like the carnival, and removed aspects which student were unhappy about, like the cross subsidy of the dining.

    I am confident you will have an amazing time, and I hope you look forward to celebrating the end of your time at Uni with all of the people who have made it such an unforgettable experience.

  31. Beckie
    ell
    03/05/2012 at 12:23 pm Permalink

    you keep referring to pixie lott being up to £37. tinchy stryder is comparable – yet he was free at oceana Sam? and drinks were cheap that night?

  32. Beckie
    jack
    19/04/2012 at 2:57 pm Permalink

    Does Pixie Lott sing with a live band? Just wondering coz I remember reading somewhere that Sam was hopeful of including a band in the line up.

  33. Beckie
    Sam Ling
    20/04/2012 at 12:16 pm Permalink

    Chesney Hawkes will be performing with a live band, as as far as I am aware Pixie Lott’s show will include backing dancers.

  34. Beckie
    Roger
    20/04/2012 at 2:05 pm Permalink

    Hello, I understand what you have said about it being irresponsible to risk Union money by having tickets priced so that only selling out would break even. However, surely if the event does sell out, the extra £18 or so pounds that we have paid above the costs of the event should be reinvested in the event. Perhaps a few free drinks/food for everyone.

    Surely it’s not really fair or justifiable, if you do sell out and make £70 000 profit or so, not to give that back largely to those going!

  35. Beckie
    Danielle
    24/04/2012 at 1:16 pm Permalink

    Hi, was just wondering when the dj for the ice room will be announced?

  36. Beckie
    Jed
    26/04/2012 at 12:51 pm Permalink

    I just don’t get why Oceana’s been chosen when I know so many students that have gone there once or twice and vow never to again…

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