High spirits at 'Dream' parties

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter

Sunday, August 03, 2014

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THE heavy downpour in Negril on Friday night did not prevent thousands of partygoers from turning up at the first two events on the 2014 Smirnoff Dream Weekend calendar — Beach Rave and Smirnoff Twisted Spiritz.

By 4:00 pm, some patrons had already redeemed their tickets for armbands and began filing into Wavz Beach for the staging of the Beach Rave. Stationed inside the venue was a large 'I Pledge' board, where patrons signed a pledge to drink responsibly.

Alcoholic beverages were however not the only things that kept the patrons in high spirits, as Chromatic Disco, DJ Jus Jay, and Kamal Bankay selected a wide variety of house and dub step music. For the majority of the females, it was all about waving and gyrating to every song selected, much to the delight of the male patrons.

By 11:00 pm, the party-hungry patrons poured into Cayenne Beach for the drink-inclusive Twisted Spiritz party. With sound system Coppershot, Dutty Dex, DJ Nicco and DJ Tyrone at the music booth, no one left musically displeased. Throughout their individual segments, the selectors fed the revellers with hit after hit of new and vintage music.

Decked out in their skimpiest outfits and masks, the women were the main attraction as they paraded to the music blaring from the speakers. The patrons in the Diamond section, located on a mini deck to the left of the stage, were just as lively.

"I have been a 'Dreamer' for four years now, as the vibe is just wonderful. The parties are usually incident-free. It offers a form of unity which is especially important in this time and age. Persons just party, not caring about class or race," said Los Angeles resident Cliffie Tomlinson.

It was close to 3:00 am when the Jamaica Observer team exited the venue. And, although the party was slated to end in less than an hour, there were still long queues of people making their way inside the venue.

On the outside of each venue, taxi bikers were kept busy transporting dozens of passengers to and from the beach parties, while craft vendors attracted international visitors, who were only too happy to bask in everything Jamaican. Some homeowners also used the opportunity to earn extra cash by utilising their yard space as car parks. Dream Weekend shuttle buses were also provided free of cost to the patrons.





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