Updated 23/04/2009 to include comments from the Deputy President (Finance and Services).
The headline acts for the ICU Summer Ball will be officially announced in felix at sometime in the Summer Term. As with previous years, ICU is waiting until the last minute to release the details to build up hype ahead of the event (and to get people to wait until the tickets are more expensive before they decide to buy them). However, some of the acts have pre-empted the official announcement by listing Imperial as a venue on their own websites and MySpace Pages.
Pendulum, Athlete and Chase and Status have all listed Imperial on their own publicity as a venue they will be playing at on the 20th June at Imperial College (the same day as the Summer Ball). Pendulum is cleverly managing a set in Holland (live) at the same time as their DJ set at Imperial similarly with Chase and Status whose second venue is Leicester University.
Athlete looks to be the big interest of the evening with their website stating "Although the event is aimed at students of the college it is not an exclusive gig and tickets are available from the ICU website."
Live! recommends that any Imperial students still wanting to get tickets to the Summer Ball should do so quickly before they are all bought up by Athlete fans.
Deputy President (Finance and Services), Christian Carter, responded on 23rd April:
"Ticket sales are going very well, we are extremely pleased that we are hitting our targets. Since Live! published their article on supposed acts for the Summer Ball their has been no spike in the sale of tickets.
Sales to non IC students represent a little over 3% of all tickets sold. Much of these are to Alumni. We are closely monitoring how many non IC students are purchasing tickets to the Ball throughout this period. We have worked with College to increase the potential capacity of this year's event. We do nor foresee a situation where any IC student wishing to purchase an Entertainments ticket for this event would be unable to as a result of non IC student taking their place.
We did not announce any acts before the price hike simply because we hadn't finalised their contracts. Until we have a signed contract we cannot announce an act. Since the price hike we have secured the majority of our acts and once we have tied up the last few we are looking forward to announcing the full line-up on Friday 1 May. This will give all our students plenty of time to buy their tickets before the final price hike on Friday 15 May at 17:00. All our price hike dates are carefully chosen to enable our students to try and take advantage of lower prices for the Ball. We would love to be able to announce our line-up earlier however we need to ensure that our line-up offers something for everyone and that it is judged in its entirety and not on individual acts. It also takes time for us to produce all our promotional material for the Ball so that when we announce the line-up we can let as many of our students know as possible.
Our full line-up will be announced on Friday 1 May."
more less information head over to imperialcollegeunion.org/summerball