Bacchanal Fridays opens with a bang

Observer writer

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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BACCHANAL Jamaica saw a significant turnout for its opening night at Mas Camp in St Andrew last Friday. The large crowd marked a robust beginning to the enitity's eight-event carnival season, which ends with the signature street parade through the Corporate Area on Sunday, April 8.

“The event was excellent — we actually ran out of tickets at the gate. The venue was packed, the vibe was pumping, and the music was creating the whole atmosphere for the season's kick-off. We can't wait to see what the revellers have in store this year,” Michael Ammar III, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica, told the Jamaica Observer.

The event featured a trio of DJs — King Taj, AJ Electronica, and fresh from Trinidad carnival the duo of Sinistar and Steelieback collectively known as the Miami Dream Team.

“Everything was good. The level of vibes was through the roof. People had a good time and partied non-stop as soon as they walked in and to the end. It was crazy. You could feel the carnival spirit in the building,” said hypeman Steelieback.

And party non-stop patrons did, as King Taj and AJ Electronica heated up the slowly growing audience in the earlier hours of the event. By the time Miami Dream Team hit the stage past midnight the crowd was primed to party, requiring multiple promptings to leave as the event shot past its scheduled 2:00 am close-off time. Such was the intensity of their set that it took turning off the music for fans to get the signal that it was time to go home. Steelieback attributed the atmosphere to several factors, including the quality of the 2018 soca songs and the knowledge of the Jamaican audience.

“As far as soca, everything is actually really that good this year and everyone has accepted it all at once, and the crowd actually knows a lot of the new music fast and it just came out — which is surprising. That's great. So by carnival in April it's going to be unstoppable,” he explained.

The sentiment was echoed by Ammar III as he looks forward the coming event schedule.

“Like we've been doing for the last couple of years, we really changed it up a lot this year. We kick-off with opening night, have Frenchmen Rise next week — which is going to be great. We have our signature Bacchanal Dancehall, which has been a stalwart in the Bacchanal calendar, then we have two brand new events in the calendar which are Bacchanal Baywatch, a water party right on the beach, and then our breakfast party, RFB, Rum For Breakfast. I cannot wait for those two events. And then, of course, in typical style, Bacchanal Live with live performances.”




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