Every year, it gets bigger and bigger and this year was no exception.
The annual Puff of Colour (POC), put on by the Chelsea Boyz, is unlike any other party on the Crop Over calendar.
Patrons party to top Crop Over hits played by top local DJs, with plenty paint, powder and water. And here’s the kicker . . . . the night time action takes place in the open air, in the middle of a quarry.
“Puff of Colour has grown from strength to strength from back in the days of the Harbour Master, down to when we were at Carlisle House and to here where we are right now in Searles Quarry in Christ Church,” said Kirk Phillips, a member of the organizing team.
“There are a lot of people asking us ‘can you top this?’ Of course! Yes, we can top this! Every year we have [topped it]. Look out for POC 10. That is going to be the big one,” Phillips told Bajan Vibes.
As he spoke in the wee hours of last Sunday morning, thousands of patrons crammed the venue to hear the likes of Lil Rick and Frog, RocFresh – the deejaying duo of Scott LeRoc and Mali Fresh –– Infamous & Lil Paul, Salt & Don, Vibe Nation and Jon Deesy.
Each DJ was each given a one hour set and it went down well with the massive crowd. The only downside was that some DJs played the same songs as those who performed before them.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Stephen Lashley, was among the party-goers, estimated to be in the region of over 6,000. For him, it was an incredible experience.
“I have been in the crowd and have been a part of the crowd. I want to really congratulate the organizers for coming up with what I believe is a very excellent brand. I did not envisage this kind of scene. I’ve heard a lot about Puff of Colour and this is my first year of being here in a quarry,” Lashley said.
He went on: “I believe that this is a world brand. I don’t believe that you can find in any part of the world where you can have such a sizeable party in a quarry. I think this is a phenomenal thing. I think that for the Barbadian entrepreneur to come up with this brand is indicative of what the cultural industries is all about.”
As the sun rose slowly in the East over Searles Plantation and its rays shone into the quarry, it was a sea of pink,blue and purple as the partying continued. When asked what was missing from the experience for them in 2017, one patron said it was the rain. Another said it was more powder.
However, the one thing on which patrons were in broad agreement is that Puff of Colour 2017 was simply epic.