OUSA ORI '14 in Review
Orientation is a week-long event (with an added night of the After Party) that takes a good 6 months to plan and organise. It is absolutely a team effort and could not happen without the support of our 100 strong team of volunteers. These guys give up their days and nights to help pull the whole thing together and are an invaluable asset worth their weight in gold.
This year’s Orientation has really set a benchmark for the events we run. It is our biggest week by far. The addition of Grammy award winning artist Macklemore to last year’s bill set a precedent that we have worked really hard to match and better. To be honest it was a daunting feat to secure a lineup that would match such a colossal artist. However, I believe we have absolutely done so with what we have been able to offer this year.
In terms of numbers we hosted the largest crowd to a hypnotist show in New Zealand with a strong crowd of over 2500, Toga Party once again was a huge hit with the freshers pulling in a crowd of over 3000, 7 Days was obviously a huge success selling out at over 4000, international artists Chet Faker & Hermitude attracted a strong crowd of over 4000 as well, and the winning combination of Summer Thieves, David Dallas & the Daylight Robbery, and Six60 attracted the largest crowd we have ever hosted of almost 6500. After all of this there is still the After Party featuring international heavyweights and festival headliners Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status and Sub Focus.
Working with 7 Days to put on the largest comedy show that we have seen at the stadium and the largest crowd they have hosted is something we are immensely proud of. The 7 Days comedians put on a great performance and the show in general was received strongly by the audience. It was great to see a strong Dunedin flavour to the show with the iconic backdrop of Forsyth Barr, plus we had local MP David Clark and local talent Summer Thieves all adding to the night.
The addition of Chet Faker & Hermitude was a personal highlight. Picked as one of the breakout artists of 2013 by numerous critics and publications Chet Faker brought a style, depth and flavour of music not previously offered to such a large crowd during orientation. Their reception really validated the important role that festivals such as Orientation can have as taste makers and as a medium to push newer acts through to the student population.
It is more than fair to say we would be nothing without the support of Otago students and the Dunedin public. They are the reason that Orientation has taken off and we are able to host the calibre of acts we have. Sales illustrate the support and keenness of students to attend our events and the reception has been great. We work closely with the DCC, St Johns, the SDHB, Police and emergency services to make sure that our students and event goers are as safe and as well looked after as possible. The general behaviour was great! Students are at our events to have a good time. Sometimes this does result in a few to many drinks but violence and aggression are always only a very minor problem, and for that we are thankful. It’s about getting out there, meeting new people and having fun with your mates.
Overall we are very proud with Orientation and the way it ran. It is contiunally growing, as is our team, and we can’t wait to host the After Party and provide another solid event for students and Dunedin.
Submitted by Jason Schroeder