The full lineup was announced this evening on Trinity FM.
Basement Jaxx have been announced as the headliners for this year’s Trinity Ball. They join a host of Irish acts including Walking on Cars, Krystal Klear and Le Galaxie.
The announcement was made on Trinity FM by current ENTS officer Finn Murphy tonight. Reaction to the headliner was generally positive on Twitter, with one student saying that they were “completely sold” on Basement Jaxx and the lineup as a whole.
Murphy said on-air that he would “let the act speak for themselves” before playing several songs from their extensive back catalogue.
The ball, now in its fifty-sixth year, has worked with promoter MCD in recent years to bring the mini-festival to TCD. Past acts include Muse, Ellie Goulding and homegrown talent such as The Coronas.
MCD's involvement in the ball has been criticised in recent years with one student I spoke to considering the "iron first" of the promoters on the ball's lineup.
The full line up is as follows, with more to follow in the coming days: Basement Jaxx, Walking On Cars, Years and Years, Krystal Klear, Le Galaxie, The 2 Bears, Kidnap Kid, Lxury, Kormac’s Big Band, Wyvern Lingo, Ryan Sheridan, Book Brass Band, Electrodecks, Havar and Luna.
Criticism has also been aimed at Trinity Ball in recent years for its emphasis on dance acts. A student mentioned to Campus.ie that dance music is "fun but not for everyone". Another student hoped for "less electronic music and more live stuff" this year, saying that the lineups of past years haven't been "hugely appealing".
Tickets go on sale this Wednesday at 9am. Tickets are expected to be priced at between 70 and 80 euro and are available through the college shops and dedicated website trinityball.ie.
Like previous years, the ball will take place on TCD's city centre campus on the 17th April and is expected to sell out.