It would not be a stretch to say Bajans have been suffering from carnival tabanca since last Crop Over. If there was any doubt, their mad rush for early bird tickets to some of the island’s hottest events for the season should be indication enough.
One such event highly anticipated and on the tip of everyone’s tongue is the Flow Soca On De Hill, which comes off on July 17 at Farley Hill
In an exclusive interview with Bajan Vibes, promoter Rudy Maloney confirmed the early bird tickets for the show had been sold out in just one day. And this was following constant requests for the line-up to be announced. Maloney said he was humbled by the amount of love the show was receiving.
“I won’t say I am surprised; but I definitely am humbled. I think the show is a quality show. I think we have great overseas acts; and the Barbadian artistes have done a good job this year at producing quality music.
“It makes me feel very good as a promoter. To see people supporting their own and a local event is fantastic,” Maloney added.
He dispelled any notion that persons had snatched up the tickets to sell them back at a higher price.
“. . . When you talk to a lot of other people out there, they are saying they are bringing groups to the event, and I think this is why patrons are buying in high numbers,” Maloney explained.
And in light of the recent surge in violence in the country, the promoter said he trusted the Royal Barbados Police Force to keep everything in check.
“We always pride ourselves in having adequate security. The police do a fantastic job in protecting the guys. I think people should just leave at home all their weapons and all their anger, and just come out and have a good time. But I do believe we have an excellent security and Police Force; so I put all faith in them,” he said.
Maloney promised patrons coming to the show an excellent time. The local artistes will be backed by D Unit and The Energy Band, while Patrice Roberts and a few other acts will be backed by the HD Band, that which usually backs Machel Montano.
“It’s going to be an excellent production. Everyone should come out and enjoy the show. It’s going to be a spectacle,” the promoter gave the assurance.
And in celebration of Barbados’ 50 anniversary of Independence, Maloney said there was something special for the patrons.
“To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Independence, 4D Entertainment and Flow are giving one lucky patron 50 $100 bills, which equates to $5,000. Another lucky patron can also win a whole kitchen set valued at $10,000 from Standard, and Frigidaire which is a Miami company,” he revealed.