From Saturday night into Sunday morning, the Vaucluse Raceway in St Thomas was a spectacle as over 2,000 revellers gathered at Powda for endless hours of soca.
The event kicked off at 11 p.m., however, patrons were still trickling into the venue well after 3 a.m. Many arrived in white outfits but left the venue in a rainbow of colours thanks to the never-ending supply of paint and powder.
No one escaped unscathed from either the random blasts of paint or the raging water hose that drenched the venue.
Organized by Jump Promotions in association with Lucky Horseshoe, the cooler J’ouvert, now in its second year, has cemented itself on the annual Crop Over calendar. Powda was ‘good vibes’ as everyone came to party, not pose. The deejays, including Monstapiece, Indian and Chris Gayle, DJ Ras, Mickey Dread, Jerry Dan and Penthouse 2.0, kept the partiers energized.
With a lineup of local bashment artistes and special performances from Trinidadian soca artiste Iwer George, there was no time to rest.
Stiffy kicked off the performances around 12:20 a.m., singing some of his 2017 and 2018 Crop Over singles such as ‘No Boring Girls Allowed’, ‘Lies’, ‘Mavis’ and ‘Tip and Ben Ova’.
Bashment soca artistes Mole and Lady Essence performed their collaborative hit ‘Ish’, which had the crowd in a frenzy. Mole also brought ‘Boom Flick’ and ‘Do It Fuh Daddy’ to the delight of patrons. Leadpipe and Saddis were also present keeping the pace with ‘Ah Feeling Ah Feeling’, ‘Come Down’ and ‘No Behaviour’. The second female to grace the stage was the orange-haired songbird Nikita who melodized into the heart of soca lovers with singles like ‘Same Way’ and ‘Journey’.
Marzville brought a sprinkle of lovers rock to the grassy field, also performing his 2017 song ‘Jus Give It To Ya’. The Hypa Dawg Lil Rick also got the Vaucluse Raceway crowd fired up with back-to-back hits of old and current music. His Crop Over 2018 singles ‘Mudda Sally’, ‘True Story’ and ‘Ben It’ were hits with partygoers who were pelting waist when the beat dropped.
The last performer on stage was the “Water Lord” Iwer George, who shook the grounds with ‘Savannah’, ‘Water’, ‘Take a Bathe’, ‘Jump & Dunk’ and ‘Carnival Come Back Again’. His set was so good that patrons were reluctant to see the back of the Trinidadian artiste.
Even when the party finished at 7 a.m., small groups of patrons were reluctant to leave the muddy grounds, still dancing and singing as they exited the venue. [email protected]