A sea of people dressed in white and partying nonstop; the sounds of Big Bad Soca blasting from the speakers; complementary roti, popcorn and cotton candy with drinks flowing from the bar and huge smiles on everyone’s faces.
This was the scene at Tispy-The All-White Beach Party last Sunday at Daiquiri Beach. And although the event was sold out and organizers had posted a notice, it was still being sought after by hundreds of patrons desperately trying to get tickets.
But you could understand why if you were one of the lucky thousands to be a part of the festivities that started at 4 p.m. and went on till 1 a.m.
A slew of DJs, led by ace Bajan selector DJ Puffy, kept the place rocking all night. Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs Marsha Caddle were among the ‘who’s who’ at the fete.
Live performances started with Stiffy and Just D.
At 9 p.m. Bunji Garlin and the Viking Band hit the stage to the music of his 2017 Trinidad Carnival hit Big Bad Soca. His was an hour-long full energy set. The freestyle king captivated patrons as he sang a verse from his Bacchanal and Water about the fete having water next year.
Just around 11 p.m., Kes the Band came on stage and it would be safe to say they had the feters at Hello. The featured act had the re-energized crowd in the palm of their hand responding to their every command.
But it was Shal Marshall who showed that five or so minutes on stage could be way more impactful and just as entertaining as an hour-long set. A surprise act, the Trini literally mashed up the dance “fine, fine, fine” when he sang the 2018 hit song Splinters.
True to the words of his song there was “staggering” as they chanted: “We don’t have no behaviour / total disorder.” The thousands were thrown into a soca frenzy and it was “pure bacchanal, pure revelling”.
Shal ended the already hyped event on an even higher note and there was little for Kes to do after he left the stage.
The determined party crowd did not leave the venue until the end although there were some who were present from the start of the event.
The Tipsy vibe was that enticing. (IMC)