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Summer Party is shelved after losing £157,000

The sun has set on Nottingham’s Summer Party for the last time. The Students’ Union has decided to axe the one day festival, which was once described as the “Student Glastonbury” by Radio One and attracted up to 8,000 students. Big names that have graced The Downs over the past couple of years include Example in 2011 and Labrinth last year. 

Figures obtained by Impact this evening (23rd January) show that the event lost the Union £157,000 over three years. Although the event lost less money after it was taken out of students’ hands in 2011 and run with help from Carpe Noctum, it still lost £44,000 in June of that year and just over £40,000 in 2012.

According to minutes from a meeting in July, SU Trustees had previously been promised that the Union would only lose £17,000 last year in the worst case scenario.

In an official statement, the Union said: “The Students’ Union Summer Party has run at a significant loss over the past three years, despite being enjoyed by those who attended, and having a great deal of student involvement from our Media groups and TEC.

“It is with regret that the Officers, Trustees and Staff of the Union are unable to sanction another event without first taking the time to understand the demands of our students, and the pressures on such an event from the current financial climate and other events scheduled for the same time,” the Union continued to comment.

There will be no replacement for Summer Party in 2013 because the Union says it would take too long to research and organise. This makes 2013 the first year since 1994 that a large summer event for all students is not being planned. In 1999, the event was cancelled after Steps pulled out.

Instead, students have been promised a summer event for 2014, as a part of the Union’s Centenary celebrations: “Your officers, with the support of staff, will be consulting with students, student groups, clubs and societies, together with key stakeholders such as the University, in order to plan and deliver an event which meets the needs of the students at Nottingham. Your input will be vital in this planning and delivery.”

Democracy and Communications Officer Luke Mitchell told Impact he was sad to see Summer Party shut down: “I’m gutted that we can’t run Summer Party this year – I loved it!”

“But given that it was losing so much money, I hope you’ll understand why the decision was made.”

On an optimistic note, Luke said: “I think we’ll put on a great event in 2014 once we’ve got some really good feedback from students.”

Impact’s music editor Ben James said: “You couldn’t pay me to see their line up. But that’s only my opinion. Even if everyone enjoyed it, they couldn’t justify the cost. A festival has to make a little money and entertain its audience. Summer Party did neither.”

Oscar Williams

Should Summer Party have been shelved? What do you want it to be replaced by?


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12 Comments on this post.
  • David
    23 January 2013 at 20:33
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    I’m still waiting on my Summer Party Rep advantage card. It’s been 3 years. I may live abroad now but I still want free entry to Ocean.

  • ‘Bout Time
    23 January 2013 at 20:49
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    Money losing waste of SU expenses and expertise that had little/no musical direction. Horrific line-ups saved by smart bookings by Detonate/Firefly in its dying years.

    Hope the money gets re-directed elsewhere.

  • Everyone ever.
    23 January 2013 at 21:01
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    Ben James seriously needs to bore off.

  • Louise
    23 January 2013 at 21:59
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    think of Grease the musical and the end of term party/fun fair thats what summer party should be replaced with, something everyone can enjoy no matter what their music tastes and budget

  • E
    24 January 2013 at 00:09
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    With acts like Wheatus headlining last year… Did the organisers think people were going to flock to it?

  • Ron
    24 January 2013 at 11:39
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    The Summer Party was a greedy piglet that suckled on the University’s teet until it had sore, chapped nipples.

  • Keyworth
    24 January 2013 at 14:41
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    Feeder year was decent, but that’s about it, and that was after a bottle of rum.
    Wheatus as a headliner was terrible for the prices charged.

  • Fred Astaire
    24 January 2013 at 16:52
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    Didn’t help that it clashed with parklife this year… an eminently better version of a student festival.

  • Sam
    25 January 2013 at 18:04
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    I don’t know anyone who went last year, the acts were terrible and it didn’t do anything a normal night out didn’t, except for being way over priced!

  • Heads Should Roll
    26 January 2013 at 22:22
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    Den Loses = £160,000
    Summer Party Loses = £157,000
    TOTAL = £317,000.00

    • Matthew
      21 May 2015 at 11:27
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      Writing all about the loses – Took up a few mins of your time.
      Discovering that ‘loses’ is in fact spelt, losses – Embarrassing to you and your parents.
      Your mates reading this and realising that you are a retard – Priceless.

  • J
    31 January 2013 at 15:35
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    It was the year that NDUBZ played that kinda ruined it. Then the year after, the whole selection process in running it was beyond a joke, with some fresher running it. It needed a huge change from what it was, not having crisis get involved.

    Personally, i think it serves the SU right for spending all these years acting as one big clique. I think the whole model needs sorting out.

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