Hundreds of Barbadians relived the Afros, miniskirts, the bell-bottom pants, and the electric shuffle as they partied to the hits of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. It was the Ultimate Back In Time Party hosted at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Two Mile Hill last Saturday night.
The dance floor came alive as fun seekers, including former parliamentarian Reginald Farley and Inspector Wayne Norville of the RSPCA, partied to the music of Rose Royce, The Real Thing, Tavares and Cheryl Lynn, just to name a few belted from the speakers.
“We started doing this event in May of 2014,” Latoya Louizon, revenue manager with LESC told Bajan Vibes. “The Plantation would have closed; so we found it a good opportunity to have it.
“Looking at the attendance, it has fluctuated over the few months; but it is good. To be honest, I have seen people from age 20 and up here this evening [August 30]. Yes, we were originally catering to the older demographic, but then there are the young people who are coming out as well.
“Actually I have seen a few people that I haven’t seen in ten to 15 years, who don’t normally go out, and they’ve said that they wouldn’t necessarily be at any events; but they have said that they would come to this one, if they did decide to come to anything at all.
“So I think that we have had some success in bringing out persons who wouldn’t normally leave their homes –– at least once a month,” Louizon declared.
She stressed that one of the main goals of the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, was to be seen as among the top entertainment venues on the island, adding that there was more development taking place at the LESC aimed at achieving this.
“In the middle of the building was the an amphitheatre, but that was imploded and we’ve rebuilt offices; but we will get some additional space so that we can accommodate things like Back In Time and that other promoters can bring some of their events.
“That way we wouldn’t only be known for shows and events like bodybuilding, or for church services, but that we can strengthen our market position by being able to [be more diverse]. Doing so, we will be able to say that we can truly serve the community by being able to have different kinds of events,” Louizon explained, adding that events such as Back In Time served a critical purpose, particularly in terms of economics.
“. . . Anything that is on the landscape in Barbados that can employ people and generate revenue for people that own businesses, that can employ people as well, is something good. It also keeps people from off the streets; from being idle. It gives people an avenue to find something useful and to entertain themselves.”