Skinny Fabulous in action. (Photo: Norman Thomas)

All stops have been pulled out to ensure that the Soca+ Festival will be one for the books, according to event conceptualiser Andrew Bellamy.

"We've started the build-out of the venue. Our production suppliers and partners are working assiduously in executing all structural build-outs and the artisans, creatives, and supporting personnel are working to execute our d├ęcor plan amid the showers of rain we've been receiving each afternoon," he told the Jamaica Observer's Splash on Wednesday.

The festival will commence at 10:00 pm on Saturday, September 30, and run until 10:00 am on October 1 at Sabina Park.

Patrons are able to bring coolers from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am.

The event also features performances by Destra, Aidonia, Skinny Fabulous, and Najeeriii.

After performances, the event will have a "cool down" element with a water zone activated and complimentary breakfast being available at 7:00 am.

According to Bellamy, each act was intrinsically chosen to help bring the festival's concept alive.

"We have a wide cross section of patrons and each artiste appeals to a part of their entertainment needs. Destra is a part of the foundation of energetic soca performances. She is literally the Queen of Bacchanal on and off stage and we know she will get the performance vibes started. Aidonia has proven time and time again that he is a crowd favourite with his lyrically-potent performances so the 'Banga Nation' will be looking forward to that. Skinny Fabulous represents the new influencers within the soca genre. And, finally, our younger demographic gravitates to Najeeriii's sound. So it's soca plus diversity in the performance element of the festival," he explained.

In addition, soca lovers can expect a staging of the mega festival for years to come.

"For the foreseeable future: Yes, it will be. We believe a festival like Soca+ adds to the entertainment landscape here in Jamaica as Kingston is projected to be the fastest-growing tourism hot spot based on the creative output from the entertainment and culture and creative industry," Bellamy said.

Andrew Bellamy, conceptualiser of Soca+ Festival (Photo: Aceion Cunningham)
Bacchanal Queen Destra Garcia (Photo: Rory Daley)
BY KEDIESHA PERRY Observer writer

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at


  1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper; email addresses will not be published.
  2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.
  3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.
  4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.
  5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed:
  6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email:
  7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

Which long-term investment option is more attractive to you at the moment?