Pembroke College May Ball
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Revel in the fourfold roots of everything

Prepare yourself for a night of revelry and festivity in Pembroke College, Cambridge on Wednesday 17th June 2015.

Previously described as “a quintessential May Week experience” (The Tab 2013), Pembroke May Balls are a highly anticipated event. This year Pembroke’s gates will be thrown open for an evening of indulgence, feasting, and celebration to mark the end of the academic year. Expect to dance your way from dusk to dawn with carefully selected foods from all over the world and a dizzying choice of drinks available.

“This unpretentious June Event blew John’s – the night before – out of the water. Atmosphere is not something money can buy.” The Tab 2014.

“This event’s biggest mistake was ending.” TCS 2014.

Tickets are sold out and the waiting list is closed.

Please note payment for tickets must be made in full before 23:59 on Tuesday 24th February 2015. Please see ticketing terms and conditions for more details.

Name changes may be made using the link below. The first name change per application is free if made before midnight on 10th May. Each subsequent name change costs:

Before midnight on 23rd May:


Before midnight on 12th June:


After midnight on 12th June:

£100 at the discretion of the treasurer

Food & Drink

Take a trip through the elements to find an exquisite array of dishes, both traditional and contemporary. From well-loved flavours to food with an exotic twist, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy throughout the night. This carefully planned menu includes magnificent main courses, delicious desserts and much more, so you will find something to your taste whatever time of the night. Dining guests can savour a scrumptious 4 course meal to further enhance the culinary experience.

Start the night with a fantastic champagne reception before moving through a dazzling array of drinks. Enjoy a smart Gin and Tonic or relax with a speciality pint in the Ale Tent. Watch expert mixologists crafting cocktails or take a break with something refreshing and non-alcoholic. Whatever you feel like during the night you will find something to enjoy and savour.

Music & Ents

Straight off the back of their UK tour celebrating the release of their new album ‘Hope is just a state of mind’, and before they head off to Reading and Leeds Festival, the kings of ‘kitchen sink indie’ will kick off the night with their classic indie hits.

Having risen to prominence on the first series of The Voice, Becky broke into charts with a number one hit, ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’ with Oliver Heldens, also appearing on Wilkinson’s top ten hit ‘Afterglow’ and Rudimental’s ‘Powerless’. Having rocked the crowds on the Varsity ski trip this year, and having been nominated for MTV’s Brand New for 2015 award, Becky is sure to get the party started.

Following the enormous success of his remix ‘Reckoning Song/One Day’, which reached number one in eight European countries and has been viewed on Youtube over 158 million times, this Berlin-based DJ entered the top ten in the UK charts with the remix ‘My Head is a Jungle’ with Emma Louise. In between gigs in Indonesia and Iceland, Wankelmut is here at Pembroke to keep the party going into the early hours.


Charitable donations will be split between three charities this year. 50% of donations will be given to Camfed, one of Pembroke’s PemWomen@30 committee’s chosen charities as well as the JPC’s chosen charity. The other 50% will be donated to the Cambridge May Ball Presidents’ Committee charitable fund. The Presidents’ fund will be split between Afrinspire and Student Minds.

Camfed is an international non-profit organisation tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Camfed invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Camfed’s innovative education programmes have directly supported over 1,202,000 students to attend primary and secondary school, and over 3 million children have benefited from an improved learning environment.

Afrinspire supports indigenous development initiatives across East Africa. Working closely with community leaders to understand the development needs of communities. They provide anything from computers and educational materials, to funding for schools and scholarships, or disseminating sustainable agriculture techniques. Afrinspire believe in lasting development led by local people to fight poverty.

Student Minds is the UK's student mental health charity. They believe in peer interventions and deliver research-driven training and support to equip students to bring about positive change to student mental health.

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