Who we want to see at SUBU Summer Ball 2018

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It’s June the 2nd, you’re covered in glitter and on the raucous coach to SUBU’s annual fundraiser, Summer Ball, truly one of the best moments of the year. 

For just £38 you’ll get to celebrate the end of the academic year with all of your friends, live music, cheap VK’s and even free fairground rides – what more could you want?

People like Chase & Status, Stormzy, DJ Fresh and Rudimental have all previously graced the stage, so here’s a few semi-realistic suggestions of who us here at Nerve would love to see this year.


Nerve Magazine Editor Lily Coleman

She’s on track to be the next big thing here in the UK and what better way to kick-off the summer season of festivals than for Mabel to join us at Summer Ball. Acts like Dua Lipa and Cardi B are taking the world by a storm but sadly they’re both unlikely to be joining us this year. Mabel is just one step closer to joining them in the limelight and to fully cement her stardom by headlining one of the biggest student events ever. Mabel’s sound is perfect for summer party vibes; her hits ‘Finders Keepers’ and ‘Thinking Of You’ will for sure be crowd-pleasers and will have scores of students singing along. It’s about time to have a solo-female artist storm the stage and empower us all.


Nerve Now Editor Ashleigh Kybert

At just 19, British rapper Dave is certainly one to watch and I’d love to see him make an appearance at Summer Ball this year. With memorable songs like No Words, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’d have hundreds of students singing along with him. It’d also be nice to see thought-provoking hits like Question Time performed and maybe even the emotional track How I Met My Ex. Back in 2014 we saw Stormzy take to the Summer Ball stage and go on to become a household name… I think we could see something very similar with Dave.

The Magic Gang

Nerve Magazine Entertainment Editor George McMillan

I’d love to see Brighton rockers The Magic Gang play the We Broke Free stage at this year’s Summer Ball. They played a killer set at The Old Fire Station earlier this year and have just released their debut album so would be an opportunity for everyone to get to see them in an intimate environment before they blow up! They’ve been heralded as the next big thing by numerous big names such as Wolf Alice, Radio 1 and NME. Their music is the perfect blend of chilled-summer-vibes and headbanger tunes. The ideal band to close the WBF stage this year.

Lazy Day

Nerve Now Entertainment Sub-Editor Hope Frost

A great act to see this year would be Lazy Day, they are an amazing local band fronted by a woman. What more could you ask for. It would be brilliant to get some more diversity in the line up and show off what Bournemouth has to offer in terms of the music scene, and the amazing talent we have here. They are definitely a band to watch as they have played some great shows already this year. Summer Ball would benefit from such a great band to boogie to!

Fickle Friends

Nerve Magazine Features Editor Oliver Sirrell

Certain songs define times in our lives so the act headlining this year’s Summer Ball will stick with us for a long time. As much as I would dream of seeing the Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian or even Gorillaz at such an event, I’m not sure that’s too likely. But a band or act suited to a more intimate venue such as Summer Ball would make it an event to remember. Fickle Friends would be my pick, but I will be happy to watch anyone as Summer Ball is sure to be a day that will live long in the memory.

RAYE (or Dua Lipa)

Nerve Now Lifestyle Editor Hannah Gibbins

Anyone who is in the charts and makes me feel like I want to sing would be great – exams will be over and summer is coming! Ideally I would love to see some women on the stage – looking at the past lineups I think they’re lacking a little bit. Raye, known for catchy hits like Decline, would be a great addition to Summer Ball and would definitely get everyone dancing. I really want to say Dua Lipa but I think that’s just wishful thinking…

I have a feeling it’s going to be someone like J Hus or Krept & Konan who aren’t my thing but they’ve both had nights in Bournemouth clubs so it’s a possibility. Summer Ball is great regardless, so as long as it isn’t a DJ set again I’ll be happy.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if any of us are right… Who would you like to see at SUBU’s Summer Ball this year?