My top 3 events in Barbados during Summer 2010
There were a vast number of events which occurred in the time leading up to Kadooment Day 2010 which eventually took place on August 2nd. Every weekend there would be something on. People would work hard during the week and carry out their normal day-to-day routines, but once it was Friday night when work was over until Monday morning, you knew what time it was! Below I will give my overall thoughts of a few of the events which I attended whilst attempting to keep it short and sweet.
Party Monarch/Soca Royale at Bushy Park – This was the first Crop Over event which I attended, where I witnessed several well known acts perform a few of their songs in a bid to win over the crowd and the judges. The winners were set to take away brand new cars as well as a lumpsome of money at the end of the night. When it begun, the Sun was at it’s hottest and shining brightly. However by the end of the event, the only sources of light were the stage lights, stadium lights and the natural source of Moonlight. Now it doesn’t take a genius to work out how long the contest went on for! TC was crowned winner of one event, whilst Blood was crowned winner of the other. It was the 1st time that this venue hosted the contest and certainly shouldn’t be the last as it made the most of the space available and the nature around it; whilst still delivering an excellent day/night out.
Friday Nights at Oistins – This is literally a free party which takes place alongside one of the most popular,golden sand beaches on the Island. I’m unsure of what time the night actually begins as I’m not usually an early person when I’m venturing out for the night.There are food outlets in their masses ensuring that you don’t get hungry,a number of DJ’s on rotation playing the biggest and most requested music of the times,and arts and crafts stores where tourists and locals can purchase items such as souvenirs. If you don’t wish to spend a lot of money, but do want to go out somewhere where you can hear upto date music and have a good time with tourists as well as the locals…I’d definitely recommend this night.
Cohobblopot @ The Kensington Oval – My favourite Crop Over event by far (apart from Kadooment Day,) which saw Krosfyah celebrate 20 years in the Business. For the 1st time ever, all of the performers were Bajan so it was a celebration of real homegrown Bajan talent. This took place the night before Kadooment Day so I did end up having a lack of sleep before the long awaited day, but it was worth it every minute. Unlike at the other events, the performers performed more than just 2 songs and went back to some of their classics. I never expected for one minute, to witness TC performing ‘Who de hell is Kim’ which so happens to be one of my favourite all time Soca tunes, but it seemed as though the event organisers had other plans. The crowd got a real treat and the beauty of the venue went hand-in-hand with the quality of the event. I’d recommend this event to anyone that happens to be in Barbados at the time! It was worth every penny and according to Peter Ram, there wasn’t only action on the stage, but also backstage! ‘Hit it,hit it,hit it…’ is all I will say on the matter!