The usually serene environment at the historic Farley Hill National Park was transformed into a kaleidoscope of colorful rags, tents and a multitude of soca lovers yesterday for the highly anticipated Soca On De Hill.
From as early as midday, thousands packed into the St Peter venue ready to party.
Not even long lines and traffic jams seemed to deter patrons, as everyone appeared to be in a jolly mood. And from all reports, when the show came to an end at 8:45 p.m., everyone was happy with the most talked about show, dubbed “the greatest soca party on earth”.
Waiting, though, seemed to be the order of the day as patrons had to wait for some time between sets. But again, they didn’t seem to mind and the deejay music by 95.3 FM deejays kept them thoroughly entertained.
From early, the soca lovers jammed to the music from the Energy Band and local acts Faith Callender, Shanta Prince, Mole, Lady Essence, Don Trent, Red Plastic Bag, Damien Marvay, Biggie Irie and much more.
Soca Queen Alison Hinds proved why she was and always will be the queen. Performing in a highly suggestive outfit, she took fans back in time with hits from her Square One days before treating the crowd to some of her newer hits.
This was set the stage for headline act, Patrice Roberts of Trinidad and Tobago. The expectant mother did well to hype up the crowd even though many agreed that her set was a bit too short.
However, they jammed along with her to Money Done and Old and Grey.
As the day grew old, the crowd was now ready to party, never mind a few scattered showers. In fact, many used them as a means of cooling down as they enjoyed performances from Mr. Blood, Lyrical, Ricardo Drue, Skinny Fabulous, King Bubba, Lil Rick and the Hypa Kids, and Peter Ram.
Bashment Soca King Stiffy was in fine form. It seemed his many fans saved just the right amount of energy for his performances as the proceedings moved into a higher gear as soon as he touched the stage. He was soon joined by two other bashment soca artistes — Coopa Dan and Scrilla — on stage as the fans went into a frenzy.
All in all, it was a good package musically, and organizers of Soca On De Hill can take a bow. The Royal Barbados Police Force should also be commended for their good work, as no physical fights or major disruptions were reported.