Exclusive: Downing May Ball headliners announced

The much-anticipated ball reveals its diverse range of headline acts

Patrick Wernham

Scouting for Girls looking fresh for 2017CAA

In a move sure to delight those looking for some throwback bangers, Varsity can exclusively reveal that Scouting for Girls are the headline act for Downing May Ball, alongside DJ Jax Jones and singer-songwriter Becky Hill.

Downing May Ball’s Entertainment Officer, Maj Mohamed, told Varsity that "we're incredibly excited to finally be able to announce our headliners for this year's Ball. With three very different – but equally exciting – acts, we can guarantee plenty of naughty tunes and classic throwbacks. There's a lot to look forward to!".

With The Feeling having headlined the May Ball in 2015, Scouting for Girls follow in a fine lineage of huge pop bands at Downing who will have soundtracked many students’ formative years. Pour scorn on them all you like, though: the band have sold over two million records, and have been nominated for four Brit Awards and an Ivor Novello award.

Their debut album, released back in 2007, sold over a million copies and reached number one in the UK charts in the process. Not that their appeal has dwindled: this year the band are embarking on a tenth anniversary tour, and recently announced that they’re working on new material. Compared to the nostalgia of ‘She’s So Lovely’, it’s hard to believe too many will be clamouring for the new stuff come the evening of the 20th June.

The full line-up

They’re joined on the bill by Jax Jones, responsible for the hit ‘You Don’t Know Me’ and guest on Duke Dumont’s ‘I Got U’. Sure to bring something of a change in atmosphere compared to Scouting for Girls, Jax also represents something of a coup for Downing having recently sold out XOYO in London.

The line-up is rounded off by Becky Hill, who became the first contestant from The Voice to grab a number one with her song ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’.

Having been one of only two May Balls to receive a five star review from both Varsity and The Tab, this year’s ball has a lot to live up to. With these acts, the committee have given themselves every chance