Nigella Lawson, Bono and Pussy Riot are among the star-studded lineup set to visit Trinity’s biggest societies this year.

Another year, another list of exciting guests will be gracing campus with their presence. This year the University Philosophical Society (the Phil) will see some of the biggest names in baking, tennis, music and cinema enter the chamber to receive the much coveted Gold Medal and Honorary Patronage.

First up at the Phil on September 21st is Patrick Topping in an event organised with Dublin University DJs. Topping is an electronic music producer and DJ. Since his debut in 2013, he has secured seven different Beatport #1’s and was voted one of Resident Advisor’s Top DJ’s of 2016. Musical star Kristin​ ​Chenoweth will follow on​ October 23rd. The American actress and singer, who originated the role of Glinda in Wicked, has also appeared in musical theatre, film and television.

On ​October​ 26th, Jimmy Wales will grace the Graduates Memorial Building chamber. A prominent internet entrepreneur, Wales is best known for co-founding the massively successful site Wikipedia. In the run-up to Christmas, on November 2nd, highly acclaimed food writer Nigella Lawson, journalist and broadcaster, will speak to the Phil. She is best known for her popular cookbooks Nigella Christmas and How to be a Domestic Goddess. The final figure who has confirmed a date is American entrepreneur and philanthropist Sean Parker who shall be receiving the award in​ ​January​ ​2018.

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Other names to look out for throughout the year whose dates have not yet been confirmed include Great-British-Bake-Off sweetheart Mary Berry, who was due to attend last year. Tennis star John McEnroe, Russian feminist protest punk rock group Pussy Riot and the political operative and analyst David Axelrod will all also attend. The English actor Sean Bean and French actress and model Audrey Tautou are due to make an appearance during the year.

Also confirmed but without set dates for their talks are US comedian, actress, author, and TV personality Rosie O’Donnell, fine-art German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, former lead guitarist of Queen – now an astrophysicist – Dr Brian May, as well as Swazi-born English actor, screenwriter, and director Richard E. Grant. Award-winning novelist Zadie Smith and French economist Esther Duflo, the co-founder and Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and a Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are set to join the lineup later in the year.

Law Soc’s lineup celebrates some of the great names in law, politics and some fine figures from further afield. Their guests who have confirmed dates include Joe Brolly, the Irish barrister, gaelic football analyst and former player for Dungiven, who will speak with Law Soc on September 21st. Ivan Yates the Irish businessman, broadcaster and former politician shall make his presence known on October 20th. And then on November 13th, the highly established American lawyer Peter Neufeld will walk through front gates. Further figures whom have yet to confirm dates but who have been invited by Law Soc are Bono, the beloved Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and Natalie Dormer, the acclaimed English actress who has appeared in the likes of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones.