May Ball Review: Trinity Hall – Fusion

Lucy Plint 6 July 2009

‘Fuse the cultures of the Orient. Infuse your senses,’ proffers the Trinity Hall June Event, Fusion. The theme is good as far as decorations – hanging lanterns and a Chinese dragon – but seems to get lost somewhere when it comes to food and drink. There are generic ‘Asian’ noodles and naan with chicken tikka, but the plastic cups of cherry VK and hog roast don’t seem particularly exotic… I can’t remember finding waffles and candyfloss on the Khao San Road, and there is no sushi or sake to be found.

In fact, drink in general is a bit of a letdown. Small plastic cups of G&T, vodka and orange, rum and coke seem to be the main offerings; and, bar the welcome shot of sambuca, it takes me a good thirty minutes to locate my next drink. Poor form.

The ‘Full Moon Party’ which had so much potential (give me some glo-paint and I’m in seventh heaven) is also disappointing, running out of buckets by midnight and with only a few token glow-sticks for its ravers. But, the silent disco (Tokyo – duh) is where it’s at, even with the queue for headsets.

The shisha tent is popular, if standard, and the sumo wrestling is a nod to the theme. Music-wise, Shlomo is back (is it just me, or has he played this event before…?), as well as local staples SUAD.

Fusion was a great night out, but did it really ‘escape occidental boundaries’ as its programme claimed? Not so much.

Lucy Plint