The crowd might have been subpar but the soca was certainly sweet for days at Checker Hall, St Lucy for the Hott 95.3 Mega Cavalcade, kicking off Crop Over 2017.
For the first and last such event of the three-month-long festival season, the numbers gathered on the playing field savoured every last drop of soca offered by the line-up of seasoned artists and newcomers.
The Mega Cavalcade introduced fresh faces like Aidan to the public. Also known as the 2017 Banks Calendar Girl Nadia Holmes, Aidan is not entirely new to being on stage. She brought incredible zeal and boundless energy to her performance of Life Nice.
Reggae artiste, Makka Tree, was an unfamiliar face to the crowd but his performance was such that it earned him loud applause from the appreciative audience.
Despite the cooling northern breeze, things really started to heat up when the bashment soca artistes hit the stage. As soon as the song by Jah Reddis and Hardware was teased, there was a rush to the front of the stage.
Young and old were ready to Up de Ting! To the delight of the crowd, the duo gave high energy performances of their hits Tic Toc, Siddung and Popdown.
Their energy was evenly matched by the next act, Scrilla, who got the crowd hyped with Gyal Drop and his 2017 entry, Wood. Scrilla also brought on to the stage Faith Callendar who performed Gimme – Callendar’s first attempt at the genre.
Marzville and Stabby gave patrons an impromptu performance of R&B love music, singing hits like Thinking of You and Let’s Get It On to the delight of the crowd. Unfortunately, that aspect of their performance was cut short due to time constraints and the duo quickly moved on to Oops and Peep Back which had the crowd in an uproar.
Also a crowd favorite, 2016 Bashment King, Stiffy, gave a powerful reminder why he holds the crown. He worked his magic on the crowd, and had them singing his medley of songs word for word.
In his turn on the stage, Groovy Soca monarch, Edwin The General Yearwood, had his troops chipping and pelting waist to past and present songs.
Damien Marvay, who burst on to the scene last year, romanced the crowd with his sweet vocals and boundless energy. One of a few performers to introduce one of their Crop Over 2017 songs at the Calvacade, he sang the newly released Antidote and previous hits Survive The Weekend and I Know the Face.
Closing off the cavalcade with a bang, the ever-energetic Hypa Dawg, Lil Rick, had the crowd begging for more with Iz A Bajan, Way Up and All Iz Rum.
Even as the crowd lined up to go home, small groups gathered on the field reluctant to leave, confirming that the Mega Cavalcade was a good party and that they had a good time.