New LB5Q event unveiled

LB5Q organizers have revealed LB5Q Presents: Blackout.

Though not a replacement for LB5Q, which was cancelled in July after losing support from the University of Saskatchewan, the 19+ fundraiser will be headlining Edwards Business Students’ Society lineup of social events for the 2014–15 academic year.

Publicized via the LB5Q Facebook page, the event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Sept. 15 at TCU Place and will feature live music from four DJ’s.

Blackout is modeled after LB5Q Presents: White Out, which asks attendees to dress in all-white. With 1,600 tickets available, the reverse colour scheme Blackout is aiming to provide a similar evening on a larger scale than White Out’s estimated 500-person affair.

The Facebook posting announcing Blackout encouraged potential ticket-buyers to “Wear all black, get decked out in glow sticks, and have a great time!”

Lane Bannerman, who planned the event alongside co-director Brett Maerz and the EBSS executive, said that Blackout’s title was chosen as a way of acknowledging the past while setting out in a fresh direction.

“There’s the part of the tradition you want to live on… that’s why LB5Q presents is still in there,” Bannerman said. Blackout “is very much a new beginning, though. I don’t think I’m going to say that this event replaces the old event, because it doesn’t. It’s different. It’s new.”

LB5Q was cancelled earlier this year due in large part to pulled support from the U of S and, in turn, the loss of PotashCorp Way — commonly referred to as the commerce loop — as a congregation area where busses could pick up and drop off attendees. Without their usual central location, the challenges facing LB5Q in previous form proved insurmountable.

Tickets for Blackout will be available in the Arts Tunnel for $15 on Sept. 8 and 9.

Check out the next edition of the Sheaf for full coverage of LB5Q Presents: Blackout, hitting stands Sept. 4.