Allstars is a renowned event among students, which has always provided UWE Freshers with a catalogue of big-name acts, such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Professor Green and Pendulum. This year’s event was set to be another massive night until disaster struck at the last minute when headliners Chase and Status pulled out due to sickness. Despite the disappointing news, the SU team swiftly found a replacement and continued to plan what was to be a very successful night.
“I thought the night was a huge success, personally I was very disappointed about Chase and Status backing out but the other acts really made up for it”, comments Alex Wyatt, UWE Student and Hub Radio Station Manager. “Rizzle Kicks set the standard incredibly high after their performance but unfortunately, by the time The View and Kissy Sellout played, many of the students were too drunk to fully appreciate the performances.”
This isn’t the first time that the act has suffered sickness problems, as their tour was halted earlier this year due to Saul ‘Chase’ Milton falling seriously ill with suspected swine flu. This, however, turned out to be a viral infection and acute tonsillitis. The London duo did, however, officially apologise through their Twitter and MySpace accounts, and assured everyone that they would be back on the scene as soon as possible.
Despite a collection of disappointed students bickering about selling their tickets after the Chase and Status withdrawal announcement, the turn out for this year’s All Stars was more than plenty. This was clearly evidenced by the countless rows of screaming and dancing students attempting to get closer to their favourite acts.
“I’m not sure why people were complaining. Chase and Status’ reason to pull out was completely out of anyone’s hands, never mind the SU’s”, says Will Lucus, UWE Student and IT Support Assistant. “I personally know they worked very hard to find replacements and the people who attended should be thankful to have such a dedicated team working on their behalf. Without them, there wouldn’t have been a Freshers’ Week in the first place.”
Allstars’ main stage wasn’t the only source of entertainment that night. Frenchay Campus had transformed into some sort of super club; with stages set up in all major bars along with drinks tents, BBQs and acoustic acts situated in The Hub.
“The cover band stage was surprisingly entertaining with particular regards to the Beyoncé tribute act, who was stunningly talented”, exclaims Emma Wood, a third year UWE student. “I
personally would have liked to have seen more UWE based bands at the event, but saying this there was plenty of entertainment across the campus that night to keep everybody entertained.”
The SU team can certainly sit back and appreciate that Allstars 2011 was a mission well accomplished. The event appears to grow in popularity each year, presenting bigger and better live acts. Who knows what surprises 2012 Allstars will have in store!