The finalised dates for this year’s Trinity Ball have been announced, with tickets due to go on on sale next month.
The ball will be held on April 16, and tickets will go on sale on Wednesday February 24 at €78, the same price as last year’s event.
The line-up for the event is still being kept a closely-guarded secret by Entertainments Officer Mick Bermingham, and will be released days before tickets go on sale. Bermingham did, however, say he is very happy with the lineup as it stands and that “we will be kicking off the decade with the biggest, best lineup the Trinity Ball has ever seen.”
“With the success of the last few years the Trinity Ball is now an internationally renowned event and this has helped us secure talent that a few years ago we could only dream of,” he said.
There will, according to Bermingham, be a few slight changes to organisation, with less leniency shown toward students arriving already intoxicated to the event, despite last year’s Ball being one of the safest on record.
The event will also use Ticketmaster tickets to combat forgeries.
The event, which was formerly the largest private party in Europe, is set to be eclipsed by the UCD Ball, which has been granted a license for 8,000 attendees this year, 500 more than Trinity’s 7,500-ticket event.
The date for the ball itself was uncertain until quite recently due to the new term dates brought in following semesterisation. Trinity Week now falls outside teaching term, and so the traditional Friday date of that week was only provisional when set last year. Indeed, the dates for ticket sales were flexible until last week.
“I placed an ad in the last issue of The University Times,” said Bermingham. “Sadly with the new term structure this date is no longer ideal– it clashes with the Student’s Union elections.”
The length of time it takes for all tickets to the event to sell has decreased rapidly in recent years. In 2007, it took almost three weeks to sell completely, while the following year it took one week. In 2009, the duration was less than three days.
“I’m not condoning camping out to get your ticket but it might be something to consider,” said Bermingham.
The full line up will be released on Monday the 22nd of Feb, applications will then open on Wednesday 24th at 9am. Once you have applied online you will be given a code which will allow you to buy your ticket from the Union Shop.