On Wednesday 26th of November amongst Venue 1’s grand finale, St Andrews bore witness to the pinnacle of pop music, a frantic throwback and a show fit for the closure of this somewhat legendary venue, the return of the Vengaboys had hit St Andrews.
With the music aside for one moment, you have to admit that Venue 1 is essentially steeped in St Andrews’ history. As the largest venue in our wee auld grey toon, the club cum discotheque has played host to an impressive and wide range of acts throughout the years. In recent years alone, we’ve seen the likes of José Gonzalez, Erol Alkan, Goldfish and Broken Records grace the stage; those who solely label it as a source of cheese and nostalgia could hardly be further away from the truth. For a small town, Venue 1 is essentially our beating musical heart, keeping an impressively varied roster of acts visiting and performing. There’s also the social importance of the venue. As I stepped into the room and looked around me, I realized that the history of the University was unfolding before me. I strolled over to the Venue One bar and bought a drink, and suddenly it dawned on me – all the relationships, friendships, hell even future marriages and families that had started out in this very room. Who knows, maybe Will first laid eyes upon Kate between these four walls as the royal pair shuffled to the Cha Cha Slide. The rest as they, say truly is history.
Nostalgia is an inherently important aspect of looking at Venue 1 and tonight was no execption. Venue One was blessed with a perfect send off, thanks to the mind-blowing headlining performance of the Vengaboys. It was the return of the 90s as the Vengabus rolled through the streets of St Andrews that night. I realized this was more than a band, it was a movement of our generation, this was the sound of awkward school discos and sugar crazed birthday parties, this was the 90s, this was our childhood. Kim, Denise, Robin and Donny took the stage and instantly entranced the audience with their dazzlingly bejeweled one-piece outfits and brilliant smiles. The band’s energy saturated the entire room, driving the densely packed crowd wild. From hits like ‘Boom Boom Boom’ to ‘Welcome to Ibiza’, and the anthemic ‘Up and Down’ the Vengaboys left St Andrews captivated, and created the perfect send off to a venue we all secretly love.
Words: Sophie Vandenbroucke & Charlie Jaco