Saturday 25 September 2021

21:00 - 03:00

Founder's South Quad


£25.00 (Standard)

Freshers' Ball ft. ELLA HENDERSON & more

Dress up to the nines and round off Freshers' Festival in style as we throw a massive ball in Founder's South Quad where ELLA HENDERSON will be headlining the biggest party of the week.

Ella Henderson

Two-time BRIT Award nominee Ella Henderson is a fearless songwriter known for her debut single “Ghost” which reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart and quickly gained success at just 18 years old. She has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, appearing on hits produced by superstar DJ’s Kygo and Sigma, also taking to the live stage, touring with the likes of Take That, James Arthur and Rudimental.

Ella creates music written from the heart, sharing her personal experiences and turning them into something that can help others. Over the past nine years, Ella has ascended to a multi-platinum selling, 2 x BRIT Award-nominee, landing a No. 1 debut album (‘Chapter One’) and over a billion streams, all by the age of 25. Her recent track 'Let’s Go Home Together” featuring Tom Grennan charted at number 10 spending 25 weeks in the Official UK Singles Charts. Last year alone, she achieved her sixth UK Top 10 together with Nathan Dawes and KSI (‘Lighter’), and a platinum certification for ‘This Is Real’ with Jax Jones. Ella’s incredible songwriting, and stage presence is something we’re so excited to see as she headlines this year’s Freshers’ Ball.




German DJ, producer, and songwriter Jonasu has gained rapid success with his new single “Black Magic” shaping up to be one of the sounds of the summer and has already become Jonasu’s first Top 20 entry in the UK, racking up 11.5 million streams to date.

His music is often described as a joyful blend of house beats and tropical house-inspired takes on classic songs. It is without question that Jonasu has an ear for catchy melodies after his breakout single “Black Magic”s featured on Love Island 2021, resulting in the already charted track seeing a 198% increase in streams. Taking inspiration from his regular cycles around Amsterdam Jonasu says “In 20 minutes [on my bike] I can come up with a new melody or lyrical concept. Often I’ll arrive in the studio and have ideas ready to go.”

His songs and songwriting contributions have seen him accumulate hundreds of millions of streams and gain international recognition. We’re ready to see him take to the stage at our Freshers’ Ball 2021.



Lilly Ahlberg

Rising star Lilly Ahlberg has broken into the music scene with a bang recently hitting 50 million streams in a very quick time and rising. Currently featuring on the song ‘Closer’ on EMI with Sonny Fodera & Just Kiddin, which is tipped to be the song of the summer with strong early support from Radio 1, Joel Corry, Majestic & Diplo. Lilly is also playlisted on some of the biggest playlists on Spotify and Apple Music from Mint, to Dance Rising to New Music Friday across 30 countries, as well as Dance XL and New Music Daily.

Her music is described as “Delightful Pop” and “Stylish” and Lilly has recently released her debut EP. Bursting with ambition and a fresh twist of minimalist Scandi cool with indie folk pop influences, Lilly’s debut EP is drawn from moments of turbulence in her own life resulting in an EP that is honest, liberating and 100% Lilly. Her new single “Call on me” is written by Lilly in collaboration with Justin Tranter (a power behind Lady Gaga, Ariane Grande, and Linkin Park), produced by Jerker Hansson (who has worked with Charli XCX, Panic! At the Disco, Zara Larsson) and mixed by Anthony Kilhoffer (known for his work with Kanye West and winner of four Grammy awards). Lilly is most certainly a rising star in the music industry and we’re excited for her to showcase her talent at our Freshers’ Ball.



Ticket information

£25 Advance

£30 On the door

Individual tickets will go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 14 September.

Following the government announcement that the scheme for vaccine passports for entry to nightclubs and large events in England will not be going ahead, we've updated our entry requirements for events at the Union Venue and Founder’s South Quad.

Please read our Venues Entry Requirements Update for the full details.

Only current Royal Holloway students can attend our events at the Union Venue and Founder's South Quad, no guests are permitted.

Included in the Freshers' Festival wristband package

Entry guarantee

Tickets will guarantee you entry into the venue until 11pm, after this time entry will be dependent on venue capacity until midnight.

Cashless campus

All of our venues are cashless and will remain so in the 2021/22 academic year. We are aware that when starting university, some of you will not yet have a bank account and if you’re an international student, you may not have a UK bank account when you arrive in the UK to study. To facilitate this, all students will be able to top up their College Card account before arriving on campus, using Upay. 

Whilst we strongly discourage bringing large amounts of cash onto campus, we understand that some of you have do not have any other means to pay for essential items during your first few weeks. Therefore, up until 31 October 2021, if you are unable to top up your Upay account with a credit or debit card, you can load up to £250 onto your Upay College Card account in cash at either the Hub or Kingswood reception.


As your Students' Union, we're keen to promote equality of opportunity for people with disabilities and to take the necessary steps to meet their requirements - that's why we've ensured that everything we do is accessible to as many of you as possible.

All of our venues are wheelchair accessible via shallow ramps; you can find out more about our venues and view our AccessAble pages by heading to our Accessibility page.

If you or someone you know requires access to special facilities, please email and our friendly team will do their best to meet your needs.

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