Let The Ground Shake

Swansea Summer Ball is one of the best events you’ll attend all year.

We bring you some of the biggest names in music, with huge stages, productions, a selection of street food and drinks, as well as local talent from across the city.

This event sells out every year, and for good reason. Check out this website to see why…

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17 June





The Main Arena

As our flagship event of the year, we strive to provide the best experience possible for you. That’s why we’re bringing a huge stage with fireworks, pyrotechnics, incredible lighting, effects and so much more. With a MASSIVE line-up of incredible talent showcasing some of the greatest names in the UK right now. Brace yourselves; this is going to be an event to remember.

The Rum Shack

When you approach the Junk Yard, the first thing you’ll notice is the sound. The pumping, reverberating sound of corrugated metal bouncing across the wooden supports of our Rum Shack. You’ll experience the best in underground music, blaring through the subs, from our talented resident DJs. With a wide selection of tasty rums, and our friends at Red Bull will be bringing the décor, you may find yourself spending much of the day here…

Decks On The Beach

In loving memory of Ben Rees, a talented DJ and events co-ordinator for the Students’ Union, we bring you the WORLD’S BIGGEST (yes, biggest) Bouncy Castle! To make this even more wild, there will be DJs playing you tunes as you bounce, from our best and most popular brands, Sink & Rise. We also have our special Decks On The Beach cocktail at the Beach Bar here to quench your thirst after your bounce.

The Gin Garden

Here at the Gin Garden, we take your enjoyment and happiness very seriously. We’re supplying you with the best local live music talent that Swansea (and beyond) has to offer. There will be comfortable seating, a wide selection of Gin cocktails and beverages, as well as a killer stage and sound system. This is the place to be when it comes to resting your feet for a while.

The Hay Garden

Come on down to the hay garden, where you can expect some chilled out vibes giving you space to temporarily escape the hustle and bustle of the arenas and hang out with all your mates. Whether you’re sipping a refreshing glass of prosecco, enjoying a nice cold pint, or even a summer’s day glass of Pimm’s, here you can unwind and allure yourself in the live music.

The Funfair

For those of you adrenaline junkies out there after a little more of a thrill, we’ve got you! At The Funfare you can defy gravity, embrace g-force and take to the sky on our highflying rides. If that wasn’t enough, all rides are FREE!


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DJ EZ (Pronounced DJ EEE ZED) is widely regarded as being one of the best DJs to grace planet earth, he can only be described as a charming music phenomenon. Saluted by the industry for being one of the most creative mixers with instinct and technical prowess, not forgetting the mentions of owning one of the quickest fingers in the trade with his trademark cue action displays during his sets! A set of decks simply isn’t the same without DJ EZ.

Professor Green

Firmly established as one of the crossover superstars of British music, the Hackney born and raised rapper otherwise known as Stephen Manderson has released two Top 3 albums and amassed a career tally of over 2.5 million combined sales in the UK alone. He has completed four headline tours and performed on the main stages of countless festivals such as Glastonbury, V Festival and Wireless. Signed to Relentless/Sony his new new single “Unruly” dropped Feb 16th. read more…

Lethal Bizzle

Lethal Bizzle first exploded onto the British music scene in 2003 as part of More Fire Crew, whose debut single, the Garage anthem Oi, charted at no. 7 in the UK singles charts. Since then as a solo artist he has released three albums and twenty singles, including the Grime anthem Pow (Forward); become a MOBO award winner; and embarked on two sold out headline tours in addition to supporting the likes of The Enemy and Babyshambles on tour, performing regularly on the UKfestival circuit and appearing at the final Live 8 concert in 2005. Read more…


Kelli-Leigh is a star in the making, having worked with the likes of Duke Dumont, Jax Jones, Second City and James Hype to create some of the past 4 years biggest tunes, she has now stepped out into the world as a solo artist, releasing her debut single ‘Do You Wanna Be Loved Like This?’.

Hailing from South London, this singer. songwriter and producer has 2018 in her sights as she looks to step out from the shadows and take control of the airwaves.

Watch. This. Space.


Rock and roll, rhythm and blues. Original music from Wales, Bigfeat put on a rip-roaring live show that’ll leave you with tired feet, a full heart and a head full of tunes you won’t be able to get rid of!

Holy Home Video

Holy Home Video are a folk duo from Swansea, who have spent the last year playing all over the UK and recently released their single A Love So Sweet (I Can Taste It) which has since been featured extensively on BBC Radio. You may also recognise them as hosts of JCs Bar Open Mic Night every Tuesday. If you’re into tight harmonies and country vibes, be sure to catch them!

Pick Heads

2018 South Wales battle of the bands finalist playing a mix of upbeat acoustic covers and original music.

HMS Morris

Yn ddiweddar eginodd perth bop rhywle yn yr aer rhwng Caerdydd a Llundain, cyn plannu gwreiddiau dwfn ym mhorfeydd seicadelig Cymru. Gyda’u cynhaeaf o ffrwyth melodig a hadau synthetig gwrthryfelgar gall HMS Morris gynnal gwleddau gorfoleddus o gerdd.

Pop songs that grew up in mid air between London and Cardiff are now settling down and embracing their Welsh psychedelic heritage. Containing hooky melodies warped by rebellious synth loops and unexpected vocal harmonies, HMS Morris take you on a voyage like no other.

Eleri Angharad

Eleri Angharad is a Country/Pop artist from South Wales combining influences of Welsh songstress Cerys Matthews with US artists Emmylou Harris and James Taylor ‘freshening… full of light and life’ – Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales Latest EP All I Can Do was funded by BBC Horizons and seamlessly weaves its way between Country and modern Pop tones. Tracks include Nashville inspired guitar driven ‘Stuck On You’ and ‘Fuel’, a piano led ballad.

Big Band

Big Band consists of some of our most talented Swansea University students! Incredibly well rehearsed, very experienced musicians, and a great way to start the day!

Choral Society

Swansea University Choral Society aims to be a vibrant, versatile choir, singing arrangements from many genres and decades.

Tom Martin

22-year old singer-songwriter Tom Martin returns for a fourth summer ball straight. Guaranteed to whip up a crowd into a singalong, you come for the Marvin Gaye covers and stay for ’Unisex.’

Reuby and The Doobies

Forged on the streets of Swansea, this 7 piece funk mafia’s mix of biting brass, melodic bass and heavenly vocals packs a flavoursome punch of classic and contemporary tunes to get you boogieing.

DJs from...

Sink, Hustle, Tooters, Sin Savers, Rise, Polymer & Bermuda!

We’ll have many more supporting acts on the day!


Swansea Summer Ball is a fundraiser for Swansea University Students’ Union

Summer Ball Ticket


  • Entry into our main event
  • Access all arenas
  • Free funfair rides
  • Included in Freshfest #SUF17 Priority package

Finalé Package Sold out!


  • ← Includes everything from the standard ticket, and free entry to our finalé events of the year listed below
  • Sin Savers
  • Tooters
  • GWA
  • Hustle
  • Sink vs Sin
  • And more!
  • Included in Freshfest #SUF17 platinum package

Retirement Package Sold out!


  • ← Includes everything from the other packages!
  • Graduation Ball – 25th July 2018
  • Swansea University Students Only

Summer Ball FAQs

Please ensure that you have your ticket barcode ready to be scanned. We will give you the wristband(s) that you have purchased, and you must keep these safe as they will not be replaced if lost or stolen.

Friday 8th June

JCs or 52 Degrees

Midday - 5pm

Monday 11th June — Friday 15th June

JCs or 52 Degrees

Midday - 2pm

PLEASE NOTE: It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you have the correct number and correct type of wristband. Once you have taken the wristbands, you will not be able to change them/request more or have them replaced if lost.

The Abbey Meadow, situated on Swansea University’s Singleton Park campus, beneath the University’s historic Singleton Abbey building.
Up to a week before the event starts, you may pay the difference between package prices to upgrade. Please contact us if you’d like to do this.
Yes, provided they are over 18 years of age and have photographic identification. Make sure they have purchased their own ticket, because we will not be selling on the door!
No, all purchases are final.
Yes, we have a wide variety of vendors who will cater to your needs.
Yes, the rides are free.
Yes, you must possess photographic identification. This may be a UK Drivers' Licence, passport or other photographic identification with the PASS hologram. If you do not have ID that meets these requirements, then we might refuse entry. Please contact us in advance if you have an ID that is not a passport or drivers' licence, to check if we will accept it.

Where To Go

Abbey Meadow
Swansea University
Singleton Park

Phone: (01792) 51 3024
Email: events at swansea-union.co.uk