Grad Ball 2018

Saturday 02 June 2018 / 7pm - 11pm

ICC, Birmingham

Grad Ball 2018

Aston Students' Union presents Gradball 2018!!

Final Years, don't miss out on your last event as an Aston Student. The night will entail a champagne reception, three course meal, entertainment, and the promise of priceless memories from an incredible event! 

Your evening of glitz and glamour will begin on arrival, with a full red carpet entrance, paparazzi and champagne reception.

The evening's proceedings will once again be expertly hosted by BBC Presenter, Phil Upton, and we'll have live performances throughout the night from our house band, Miss Kiddy & the Cads; putting a vintage Hollywood spin on some modern classics.

An incredible ensemble of acrobats and stage performers from Area 51 will delight and entertain, with a cast that has appeared at the likes of Glastonbury, Bestival and Jonathon Ross’s legendary halloween parties. Expect the unexpected!

Plus we'll have the Aston Lottery, with 100’s of free prizes to be given out on the night, and DJs Tom G and Dom to see us through to the finish.

The ticket price also includes:

  • FREE TAXI to and from campus/the ICC (see full details here)
  • FREE Cloakroom at the event
  • Pre-Parties and After-Parties...and After-After-Parties!! Details below...
  • Discounted tickets for Final Fling (just take your Grad Ball purchase confirmation email to B4 Bar to buy your £10 ticket)

Table Plans

Table Plans will be on display at the ICC when you arrive. If you would like to know your table number before the event, please click here and look for your name.


Time: 5.30pm - 7pm

Locations: FREE ENTRY at Felson’s (Broad Street) and the Slug and Lettuce (Brindley Place).

Here you will receive exclusive drinks deals listed below.

Slug & Lettuce drinks - 4 bottles of beer for £10, 2-4-1 cocktails and £13 bottles of house wine / prosecco.

Felson’s drinks - Bottles of Gancia prosecco for £15.33. Bottles of house white wine £11.95, red and rose £12.95 and free use of pool tables and shuffleboard subject to availability on a first come first served basis.


On arrival at the ICC you will be given a wristband to get you in FREE to Walkabout and Popworld after the Grad Ball. 

The AFTER-AFTER-PARTY will be in B4 Bar, open 10.30pm until the infamous (and last ever!!) Survivors' Photo at 6am on the SU steps. Entry is free with your Grad Ball ticket purchase email. Last entry is at 2am.


Moroccan halloumi samosa - torched cucumber & gem heart - smoked tomatoes - broad bean guacamole - sour cream

Main Course:
Your choice of...
- Salt & pepper cured short rib of beef - chive infused potato - pencil leek - charcoal tomatoes - sour cream - hickory bbq jus
- Roast chicken supreme - sweet potato dauphinoise - creamed greens -  sesame shitake mushrooms - spring onion - ginger root jus
- Asian roast paneer - cauliflower pakora - Chana dal fritter - sweet potato dauphinoise - coriander yoghurt - masala oil  

A trio of shot glass desserts (Raspberry Eton mess, Mango & passion fruit panna cotta with pistachio & ginger crumble cake, Banoffee pie)


Vegan Menu

Heritage beetroot & carrot textures - purple cabbage chutney pumpkin seeds - wild rocket puree

Main Course: 
Lemon marinated cauliflower pakora - pressed sweet potato - vegetable kofta lentil & rice biryani - pimento oil

Caramelised peach & brioche bread pudding – raspberry compote


Gluten-free Menu

Buffalo mozzarella pearls - charred vegetable salad - cheese filled sweet peppers - balsamic caviar

Main Course: 
Roast chicken supreme - sweet potato dauphinoise - creamed greens -  sesame shitake mushrooms - spring onion - ginger root jus

Caramelised peach & brioche bread pudding – raspberry compote