The Arts Ball in 2016 will be giving you more music, more choice and more craic than any other ball for the best price with the only multi-stage NUI Galway Ball. We will be serving you sweet delicious music and have allied with the west's premier music venue Róisín Dubh to put together an impressive Arts Ball Line-Up. There will be music for everyone's taste and a few suprises on the night. The Ball is aiming to raise a large amount of money for COPE Galway and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).

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Pre-Party in the College bar with Drinks Promos and finger food before buses leave start leaving @ 5:45 (Full-Tickets) & 9:15 (Afters-Tickets). Full and VIP ticket Holders holders will be treated to a salubrious champagne reception upon arrrival in the Salthill Hotel and sumptuous 4 & 5 course meals.

There will be 2 stages with entertainment to cater for everyone. The Arts Ball remains the only multi-stage ball in NUIG with the variety to match.

Entertainment Featuring:



On day two all Arts Ball wristbands will all be given special promotional offers for the College Bar and free admission into #DayTwo in FourFour on 11/02/2016.

Tickets are required to gain admittance to the Ball. By attending the Arts Ball guests agree to adhere by NUIG code of conduct.


The Arts Ball is, and always has been, concerned with not only raising money for charity but giving students a night to remember at an affordable price. We have managed to keep ticket costs below that of other NUIG balls and with a top class line up.

Afters Tickets: €25
Full-Tickets: €50
VIP Tickets: €55

- Full & VIP Tickets go on sale to Final Year ARTS ONLY on from 1.15pm Tuesday January 26th, In Áras na Mac Léinn.
- Full, VIP and Afters Tickets go on general sale from 2.15.

There is no online booking system. Tickets are going on sale on a first come, first serve basis. You must provide a student I.D. to purchase tickets. You may purchase as many tickets as you wish.

Queue early to avoid disappointment as tickets are expected to sell quick due to high demand.

Cash payments only.

Table arrangements shall be organised after tickets go on sale.



Harry & Alfie Hudson-Taylor are brothers from the outskirts of Dublin who write captivating folk-pop songs. The brothers gained recognition in 2012 before getting signed, with their debut EP Battles reaching no. 1 on iTunes Ireland, and no. 14 on iTunes UK. Following on from this, they have released three further EP's - Cinematic Lifestyle, Osea & Battles II. The band have toured extensively playing the festival circuit, headline shows and have supported the likes of Jake Bugg and Kodaline. Their releases have sold over 60,000 copies to date and they now fix their attention towards releasing their debut album in 2015. Hudson Taylor are gearing up for the year of their lives.


Based in and from Dublin O.R.B (The Original Rudeboys)were formed in March 2011 when a unique realisation occurred between all three members. Offering a distinct and refreshing sound with a combination of acoustic guitar and ukulele blended with soulful and hip hop voices, The Original Rudeboys have created a new fusion of music whilst continuing to respect their different influences. They are notable for the single "Stars In My Eyes", which hit number 2 on iTun es and has received national airplay. They have played such venues as The Olympia Theatre and have also played at festivals such as Oxegen and the Reading and Leeds Festivals. The band's genre has been described as a cross between hip hop and indie.


One of Ireland's hottest musical prospects at the moment, The Academic have already supported bands like The Pixies, Kodaline and Little Green Cars and are blazing a trail with their infuriatingly catchy debut single 'Different'. Forming in their early teens ,The Academic have been building quite a reputation for their live shows and with the band still in their teens , the future looks bright for this new indie outfit from Mullingar, Ireland. Creating an infectious blend of indie rock /pop , this young band have an astonishing ability to craft scores of songs that make people want to sing and dance. With an inherent charm that shines through, 2015 looks set to be a busy year for the midlands based outfit.


Seeing Hermitage Green live, you can expect hard-hitting rhythm sections driven by the tribal combination of bodhrán and djembe, rhythmic guitar lines with dobro meolodies and soaring four-part vocal harmonies. Hermitage Green have spent the last couple of years touring relentlessly, winning over legions of fans and selling out shows in Ireland, the UK and Australia. Incendiary live performances and a curious arrangement of instruments help give Hermitage Green their distinctive live sound. Captivating audiences and earning the respect from music pundits. Hermitage Green are not to be missed at Arts Ball 2015!


The world now famous Silent Discos in the Rósín Dubh and on the street are the stuff of pure legend! If you have never been lucky enough to experience one, then you're in luck as the incredible Silent Disco is happening for the first time ever and exclusively at Arts Ball 2016, another NUIG Ball first. The Music will be lead by none other than DJs in chief Gugai & Ted who man the decks every tuesdays at the Rósín, so expect those beautiful tunes that you know and love.


'Four Galwegian ruffians, birthed from a milky cauldron of woozy vocals and toe-tapping garage pop melodies. Now under the guise of Field Trip, let the tandem union of sharp lyricism and smooth guitar with a sucker punch bring you for an enjoyable ride. Although somewhat under the radar, Field Trip’s swaying, infectious tunes are not without energy; coupled with engaging words and plucky guitar. This cheeky quartet are a tangy cocktail of all the juicy y of Irish garage pop music today. Throw in some Mac DeMarco, a bucket hat, and a catchy hook and you’ve got yourself a trip to remember.'
- Rebekah Rennick


Beginning in 2010, Irish indie label 'Popical Island' released their first compiliation, which included Squarehead's 'Fake Blood'. This caught the attention of Villagers drummer James Byrne, who released it via his Any Other City label. The success of the release lead to support slots for Black Lips, No Age, Deer Tick, Male Bonding and Titus Andronicus. Fake Blood was voted Song Of The Year 2009 by Nialler9. Squarehead's debut album 'Yeah Nothing' was released in 2011 by The Richter Collective. With an overwhelming response from media and fans alike, the band toured Ireland and the UK extensively, also appearing at Eurosonic, SXSW and CMW and a short tour of Boston and New York. The follow-up to Yeah Nothing is 'Respect', an album that takes the band a little further from their surf-pop roots to a grungier sound. The hooks that romanced so many of their fans on the first album are still plentiful but sometimes they're presented with snarling vocals and thrashing guitars.

DJ James Kenny


A staple of the craic filled Arts Ball diet. Trad Soc. ; One of NUIG's biggest societies and certainly best loved of all. No-one ever regrets heading down to one of their sessions down at the crane on Tuesdays. They always deliver and start proceedings off with a bang. The Arts Ball just would quite simply not be the same without Trad Soc.



The Sing N Tonics are an auditioned small mixed group singing acapella music. Normally between 8-12 members, the Sing N' Tonics sing a mix of styles and tackle more complex musical arrangements. This group is open to alumni as well as students and traditionally also has a staff representative in the group. The Tonics were established several years ago to bring higher quality music to singers. T They meet once a week for two hours and are directed by Peter Mannion.


Step ONE: The College Bar

This one is simple. After enjoying and partying to the wee hours of the morning, drag yourself out of bed safe in the knowledge of what is before you. #DayTwo in the college bar. This is pivotal to the Arts Ball experience. The day after is legendary and tradition. To sweeten the deal there will be all day breakfast and a special reduction for Arts Ball wristband holders. We'll have a DJ banging out the choons to put you back into gear. You haven't really done the Arts Ball unless you've done the College Bar. And lads don't forget to come suited and booted.

Step TWO: FourFour

This is the climax to 2 or maybe 3 days of solid partying. But, you're still looking for your fix of craic. We've come to a special agreement that gives all Arts Ball attendees with a wristband shall be given complimentary entry before midnight. It's because we love you. As ever we'll be offering a choice and music to suit all tastes. On the Ground floor: Byrno & Ben Carty will be laying on the delicious, delicious music and Upstairs: Simon McDonagh.

Arts Ball 2016 . . . #DayTwo #TwoStepProgramme



COPE Galway has been providing Social Services in Galway since the 1970s. Originally called Galway Social Service Council, the organisation was established by the Galway Diocese. In 1996 the organisation became a limited company and the name changed to Galway Social Services Limited. In 2000 the name was changed to COPE and in 2008 the organisation was re-launched under the name COPE Galway, to signify that all the services are provided in Galway city and county.

COPE Galway employs over 100 people in a wide variety of roles including social care professionals, childcare workers, community support workers, chefs, cleaners and administrative support staff. Our employees are supported in their work by a committed team of over 150 volunteers. We could not deliver the full range of services without the generous support of these volunteers.


MSF exists to save lives by providing medical aid where it is needed most – in armed conflicts, epidemics, famines and natural disasters. All these situations call for a rapid response with specialised medical and logistical help. But, we also run longer-term projects, tackling health crises and supporting people where the need is greatest. We currently have projects running in over 60 countries.

MSF uses doctors, nurses, engineers, logisticians, technicians and project managers from a wide spectrum of career backgrounds to do their vital work, bringing medical aid to those in most urgent need. In the course of this work they often enter humanitarian crises other organisations consider too dangerous.

Terms & Conditions

*Don't Act the Maggot*

Code of conduct at NUI Galway Society Balls for student attendees and their guests

- Full ticket holders must be there by the reception at 7:00pm.
- Afters ticket holders must be there by 10pm.
- There will be strictly no admittance 20 minutes after above times.
- Management reserve the right to refuse admission.
- Anyone attempting to consume alcohol not purchased on the premise will be asked to leave.
- Alcohol may not be brought into the premises you will be asked to open bags etc.
- Strictly no admittance to persons under the influence of alcohol.
- You must adhere to the University Code of conduct at all times, this is a University event and your conduct reflects on the University, code available HERE.
- Student ID is essential.
- Each student may have one guest on their ID their name must be given at time of purchase.
- You must not jeopardize your own health & safety or that of others.
- If consuming Alcohol you must drink responsibly, and in a manner which will not endanger your own safety and health or that of others.

*By purchasing a ticket you are agreeing that you and your guest, if any, will abide by these rules.