Mark Ronson will be headlining the Balliol College 750th Anniversary Commemoration Ball, he announced on his website earlier this week, prompting the ball committee to make the same announcement on their Facebook page.
 
The Balliol Ball Committee had intended to keep the headline act a secret, posting on Facebook on 22nd April, “THE HEADLINE ACT [will be revealed] ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE BIG NIGHT!”
 
Mark Ronson is a DJ and producer, who has worked with artists such as Amy Winehouse, Jay-Z, Adele, Bruno Mars and Estelle, and has had 5 top ten singles, 2 top five albums and been awarded GQ’s most stylish man.
Ball President Tessa McGuire told Cherwell that the committee “are absolutely thrilled that Mark Ronson will be performing at The Commemoration Ball.
 
“The Ball is a celebration of 750 years of excellence and it is only fitting that we should have someone as outstanding as Mark perform on the night.”
She also said, “We were delighted that Mark posted the details on his website and it was only inevitable that word would get round about such an exciting headline act.”
 
Others were distressed that their personal favourite had not been chosen. Marcus Watson, a second Year historian and Balliol JCR Entz Officer told Cherwell that he “had everything crossed for Frank Ocean. He moves me in ways I’ve never been moved before: frankbynamefrankbynature.”
 
One Balliol student told Cherwell that they were “caught off-guard by the committee’s choice. It’s been years since Mark Ronson did anything famous, and that was just a cover of a song by the Zutons.
 
“That said, I’m just glad that they didn’t choose Macklemore or something – that would have ruined the night!”