May balls are for many the epitome of the Cambridge experience: black tie, champagne, dancing until dawn, punting under the influence and the probable promise of regrets in the morning. Our workloads, deadlines and week five blues may mean we might not be having the best three years of our lives, but May Week means we certainly get the best three weeks of them.
So, to the crucial issue: tickets. When? Where? How? Whilst you may not be able to get your hands on a pair of John’s ticket for less than the price of a second hand car, there’s a May Ball (or June Event) for everyone.
Friday 15th June
Robinson May Ball: Tickets to Robinson go on sale to college members on 10th February and are released to the general public on the 12th.
Saturday 16th June
Peterhouse May Ball: The infamous Peterhouse spectacular promises to be as grand as its reputation. Tickets are to go on sale in three stages, firstly to members of the college on 1st February, then to alumni of the college on 8th February, then to the rest of the university on the 15th February. Tickets are to be purchased in pairs, with a standard pair coming in at £300 and a dining pair of tickets £400.
Hughes Hall May Ball: Perhaps aware of the pressure when sharing a date with Peterhouse, Hughes Hall have as of yet released nothing about their event. Harnessing the power of surprise?
Sunday 17th June
Emmanuel June Event: The theme will be announced for the Emma June Event at 9pm on Saturday 4th February. Tickets will be going on sale exclusively to Emma students for a week after which they will go on general sale at 9pm on Saturday 11th February.
Monday 18th June
Clare May Ball: The ever popular, delightfully pretty Clare May Ball will be launched on the 9th February, with tickets going live for purchase the day after, at 6.30pm.
Jesus May Ball: Tickets for the 'Revelry: World of Festivals' themed ball went on sale to College members on 31 January and will go on general sale at 00.01am on 6 February, with standard tickets costing £122, priority tickets £138 and dining £157.
Trinity May Ball: The Ball that requires its own Fireworks Co-ordinator hasn’t released any ticket information as of yet, but it’s highly likely it will be one of the more expensive May Week options.
St Catharine's June Event: St Catz's theme and website for their grand June Event will be launched on 2nd February, this Thursday, at Lola Lo.
Tuesday 19th June
Christ’s May Ball: Christ’s May Ball is carnival themed, and tickets have already totally sold out, with all tickets gone within six hours of their release, with standard tickets coming in fairly inexpensively at just £122.
Gonville and Caius May Ball: Tickets for the biennial Caius Ball will be launched on the 12th February, when the theme will also be revealed.
Queens’ June Event: Queens’ are thus far keeping quiet on all details of their Event, although tickets are expected to be released sometime in February.
St John’s May Ball: St John’s are equally silent on the subject of tickets and theme for their infamous Ball, although it is sure to be both fairly spectacular and a fairly harsh blow to the wallet.
Newnham June Event: The Newnham June Event has launched, announcing a Never Neverland theme, with early bird tickets on sale now at £65 a head.
Wednesday 20th June
King’s Affair: Priding itself on its “Beats not Bollinger” atmosphere, King’s Affair tickets go on sale to members of King’s on the 10th February, with any remaining tickets being released to the whole university on the 19th.
Pembroke June Event: Pembroke June Event launches on the 5th February, with tickets going on sale to members of the college only for one week at £65 per ticket.
Trinity Hall June Event: The Tit Hall event has a theme based around the four elements this year, with tickets on release now at £79 a head.
Sidney Sussex May Ball: The theme for the Sidney Sussex May Ball is still unreleased, but their allocated amount of tickets released pre-sale have already sold out, boding well for the general release.
Friday 22nd June
Clare Hall June Event: The graduate college have yet to publish any information about their June Event, keeping their audience in suspense.
Darwin May Ball: Again, Darwin are yet to release any news about their ball, theme or ticket prices.
Homerton June Event: The Homerton June Event is Fire and Ice themed, with tickets £47 and on sale now from their website.
St Edmund’s May Ball: Information about St Edmund’s May Ball is “coming soon”, according to their website, with an intriguing floral design that holds few clues to the yet to be announced theme.
Wolfson June Event: Wolfson June Event is themed around the elements- unfortunately similar to Trinity Hall- with standard tickets £64 and dining tickets £86, both available to purchase now.