The James JCRC spent £4,000 on Reggie Yates for the Thursday night of Freshers’ Week, raising questions over the impact this expenditure will have on future events.
James College had booked The Maccabees to do a DJ set in the Lounge bar; however they pulled out from performing and when a second act was unable to play as well, Reggie Yates was booked as a last minute alternative.
Elle B, one of Katy Perry’s backing singers, also performed before Yates on the Thursday night.
Although the night was a success, there are worries about the amount of money spent.
“we had advertised the night as having an acr and wanted to make sure the freshers got the full value of their tickets
James College JCRC Chair – Emma Bartlett
Colleges spend the profit that they make from Freshers’ Week on subsidising events throughout the year – which usually make a loss – and any fall in the revenue will subsequently have an effect on those events.
One James College student commented on the night saying: “It was really good night, I had a lot of fun. But £4,000 does seem a lot to spend at the last-minute for a freshers’ night.”
Emma Bartlett, James College JCRC Chair, commented on the impact the night might have: “The decision to book Reggie Yates was for several reasons. We had advertised the night as having an act and wanted to make sure the freshers got the full value of their tickets.
“We also wanted to create opportunities for future JCRCs to use the Lounge and the Roger Kirk Centre for acts; its a fantastic space and the night was a huge success, and my decision was designed to facilitate future JCRC’s ability to put on act nights throughout the year.”
Freshers’ tickets were charged at £30 this year with an on-the-door charge of £10 – originally because of The Maccabees’ performance.
However, Bartlett added that she wanted to set a precedent for the James JCRC and its use of the Lounge bar as a venue.
“On-campus college events need to be really exciting to get involved, and we definitely achieved that with Reggie Yates.”