Soca Ignition was dubbed the unofficial, official start of the Crop Over Festival 2018.
The ‘Soca Kingdom’ as it was nicknamed, didn’t get started at the call time of 9 p.m. but got underway just after 10:30 p.m. However, DJ Tami and Jon Doe kept the early birds engaged until the five-hour show got started, while Leadpipe and Saddis performed a full set of their biggest hits.
Kirk Browne picked up where they left off and kept the crowd entertained with help from the Dancing Africa group. The audience, made up of mainly mature persons, showed that they still had their moves as they danced the night away to performances from the star-studded line-up which included Alison Hinds, Sanctuary, Hypasounds, Red Plastic Bag, Lil Rick, Edwin Yearwood and international acts, Ravi B, Lyrikal and three-time International Soca Monarch Voice.
Promotions officer at Starcom Network, Julie Jones told Bajan Vibes the event was a success after capturing a large crowd who packed into the Bagatelle Great House on Saturday night. She said they aimed to have 1, 800 persons attend.
Jones said, “We are very excited about the show, this is the second installation of Soca Ignition. We had the first one in 2016 and we took a break last year but we are back with royalty.”
She said, “The response has been great, it really picked up in the weeks leading up because we really increased the momentum with the artist coming into the studio. We really let the people know it was a top-class event.”
Some of the patrons at the event reported that they had a good time. One woman told Bajan Vibes “It was a great show and I will be back next year. My favourite artist was Voice.”
Another patron said, “Even though it started late, the show was a great start to Crop Over. I am definitely looking forward to the other events, it was good clean fun.”