Trinity Ball cancelled following continued college shutdown

All ticket holders will receive refunds

Trinity Ball has been cancelled following a government announcement that all colleges will remain closed until April 19.

Trinity Ball was due to be held on April 17. “Following the announcement made by the Taoiseach this afternoon it is clear now that Trinity Ball will be unable to go ahead,” Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) Ents Office Judith Robinson told Trinity News.

Full refunds will be given to students who purchased tickets for the ball, according to Robinson. She confirmed: “Unfortunately, postponing the ball is not possible.”

She said: “I am very saddened by this as we had such a fantastic line up and a huge amount of work has been put in to prepare for the ball.”

”However,” Robinson added, “we have to remember that it is for the best, and what is important now is our health and well being.” She said that College is expected to announce the cancellation this week.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the continued shutdown of universities alongside a raft of new measures aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus, including a ban on gatherings of more than four people and the closure of non-essential businesses. 

Trinity Ball headliner Tinie Tempah was booked to perform alongside 16 other acts, including Irish rapper Rejjie Snow and British DJ Eats Everything.

Other Trinity Ball 2020 acts included Cooks but We’re Chefs, Lyra, Franc Moody, Moncrief, Maliki and Holly Lester. 

The line-up was due to be announced at a launch party held by Ents, but was instead announced by TCDSU online following the leak of the line-up on social media. 

Tickets, priced at €91, sold out within two hours, with students queuing up from 8:30am to purchase a ticket outside House 6 as well as buying them online. 

Aisling Grace

Aisling Grace is the Editor-in-Chief of the 66th Volume of Trinity News. She was formerly Online Editor and Deputy News Editor, as well as an English Literature and History of Art and Architecture student.