Barbican Concerns

Students’ Union (SU) Officers could soon be in for a rude awakening when it comes to booking next term’s Freshers’ Bash at the Barbican, write and Chris Mercer

In the wake of the recent Roses Ball with a minority of students making abusive comments to Staff, and also committing acts of vandalism, it now appears that there are some at the Barbican who are not convinced that student events should return.

Dewi Lewis, the Barbican Entertainments and Conference Manager, told nouse that although a final decision has not been made, the prospect of another student extravaganza at the venue "does not look likely at the moment". "I would be reluctant if it went ahead", he added.

More worryingly for students, Lewis also pointed out that "nobody at the University has phoned to express their concerns about the event (Fresh) yet", suggesting that the SU has not properly addressed potential problems.

On the contrary, James Byron, SU Services Officer, claimed that he had spoken to Barbican Officials other than Lewis and does not anticipate any major problems. Chris Osbourne, SU Services Officer in-waiting, agrees, emphasising past good behaviour of students and the Barbican’s business interests. "There is a chance they could say no but [in reality] the Barbican like us as customers", he commented.

Osbourne and Byron say that Fresh has been "pencilled in" for Thursday Week 1 but that no-one has made definite contact with the Barbican as yet. Instead, work is focussing on reducing costs in lighting and sound so as to achieve Osbourne’s personal goal of £15 tickets.
However, both appear to have overlooked the severity of Lewis’ attitude which shows that a breakdown in relations with the Barbican is more of a reality than they assume.

The Barbican are currently waiting for a final assessment from the repair company regarding damage caused at the Roses Ball. The subsequent bill will then be passed on to the organisers of the event.

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