Well, I am looking for a place I can vent my frustration at such a disappointing event. You've highlighted the dinner, which I believe was a success from what I have heard but the rest...
?35 for what?? Eton Road singing Backstreet boys at 1.30am in the morning, no wine available in any of the bars (except the union) at 9.30pm (not to mention that by 2am you couldn't buy much of anything apart from in the union) and fireworks that I've seen better at my mates house parties (and you didn't have to strain your neck to see it). The only place with decent music, dBs was so packed you weren't allowed in!!!
It may have been a profit but it's no surprise that people don't come back to these events.
If anyone knows who we can complain to at the union could you let me know so that I can send them a torrent of emails. Really very disappointing for a 100 year celebration.
I beg to differ. I thought the whole evening was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed all the ents, especially the fun fair. If you were prepared to queue you could certainly get value for money and perhaps it was for the best that the alcoholics of the college weren't able to pour their student loan down the drain after alcohol. It is possible to have fun and to stay sober.
Personally I think those people who put a great deal of time and effort into organising what must be a logistical nightmare ought to be congratulated for providing such a smoothly run and enjoyable event.
I also thought it was a fantastic event. (Amir: fyi, I paid ?85 for my ticket and though it was superb value).
I think Jon should be congratulated on running a splendid ball, and I hope he's managed to recover fully from the stress he went through before hand.
College Catering did a fantastic job as well; the best i've ever sen at one of these events. S kudos to paddy, david parker and everyone else (I'm sorry, I can't remember the head of catering's name from the night - too much alcohol :-) )
I spoke to one guest, who has attended over 40 IC summer balls, and he described this event as "by far the best Union ball in living memory".
Thank you to everybody who helped make this such a brilliant event. With the exception of a few comments about queues at the start, I have heard nothing except positive feedback about this event. This clearly shows that the hard work put into the organisation of this event by our dedicated staff and volunteers paid off.
Echoing the comments above, I had a fantastic time and drank far too much champagne. I can only hope that next year I run a ball half as successful as this years! Well done to the staff and Sabbs who ensured that everyone (well almost) had a fantastic time!
Erm...did you see the announcement of Vernon Kay withdrawing to be replaced by Alex Zane? So there was an act there, which was very well received from what I've heard from fellow friends and acquaintances that were there.
I don't know what you mean by 'No Alcohol' (meths maybe?) but I certainly had booze. There was even Imperial 100 available in the great hall!
I know being supportive of something is not very Imperial of me, but I had a great time at the ball; the atmosphere was electric and I was elated all weekend. A Big Matty congrats to all those involved is in order.
This years event was pretty poor compared with last years event. Vodka and Tonic had run out by 11 at the MDH bar, the burlesque dancers and the rat pack were awful. The fireworks didnt really go off with much of a bang and were pretty short. The union was splattered in sick. Pendulum i admit were wicked but the sound wasnt that great which let them down.
Last year's event with the shaolin monks, the fire horse and jcr casino/sheisha seemed much more value for money ents ticket wise than ben mills, eaton road etc this year. Its all very well those who paid ?85 saying they had value for money, but those who paid ?35 and didnt even get breakfast included, this years ball was a great dissapointment