Big D and Woodstock: undoubtedly two of the biggest events of the University calendar and both kindly donating all profits to charity. But, as we all know, big events cannot happen without big sponsorship, which usually comes from graduate employers searching for the media moguls and top-class lawyers of tomorrow. So, the question is, who deserves sponsorship the most? Derwent-organised Big D or YUSU-organised Woodstock?
This year’s Big D has received huge publicity; the prospect of seeing Chesney Hawkes is evidently thrilling to all but the most solemn of individuals. Not only have they got the ‘one and only’, but MC Verse and one of the djs from Pendulum have been thrown into the bargain. However, it doesn’t stop there! There’s also a bouncy castle, sumo suits, a “ridiculously oversized” mega slide and a load of guys and gals twisting around poles to music. What more could you want in the last week of summer term?
YUSU, on the other hand, and not altogether unsurprisingly, have not done so well with publicity. While Derwent JCRC have plastered posters for their event on every available surface, there’s only a slight hint on the YUSU website that Woodstock 2008 is even happening. YUSU are alleging that Woodstock will be “the best event of the year,” but it’s beginning to look increasingly likely that the “best event” crown will be ripped out of Anne-Marie Canning’s hands and rammed firmly onto the head of Derwent Chair, Oliver Lester.
I’ve been told that Deloitte are usually one of Woodstock’s biggest sponsors and there has thus been widespread annoyance that their logo is adorning all things Big D. However, in my mind, Big D deserves every bit of sponsorship it can get its hands on. It promises to be a fantastic night which will, to be honest, blow Woodstock out of the water. Derwent JCRC have evidently ploughed many hours of hard work into making their event a success and they deserve to rake in a huge amount of money to give to charitable causes. Woodstock, however, looks like it’s going to be a flop. A limited amount of imagination has gone into it, there are no attention-grabbing headliners and YUSU really should have done better.
In my mind, YUSU should have axed Woodstock altogether and supported Big D. At the end of the day, both of these events are taking place to make money for charity, not to compete against one another. YUSU, however, are refusing to relinquish their waning authority over campus events. Big D could have become an even bigger event with an even greater number of headliners, (half of B*Witched anyone?) and thus garnered a staggering amount of sponsorship. YUSU has no automatic right to receive sponsorship over other university organisations. Therefore, it’s YUSU’s fault if they’ve lost out on Deloitte’s sponsorship because, fundamentally, they failed to get in contact with Deloitte before Derwent. YUSU should stop trying to organise events if other groups on campus can do it far better.
Woodstock might have been successful in the past, but it is evident that Big D is most certainly the future.