One of the biggest Crop Over shows, the MQI/98.1 The One Soca Royale battle is already underway.
Thousands of patrons, locals and visitors alike have been making their way to the Bushy Park racing circuit, which has been transformed, into an entertainment area, to enjoy some of the best songs from the Party Monarch and Sweet Soca competitions.
It was a picnic-like atmosphere from as early as 3 p.m., when the gates were opened.
Patrons brought umbrellas to shade from the scorching sun, picnic baskets, fold up chairs and coolers for the evening of soca.
Some of Barbados’ most well known Deejays including 98.1 The One’s Timeless, Mikey Dread , Verseewild and Ras kept the growing crowd engaged and entertained in the lead up to the Pre-Show.
The likes of King Bubba and the FM Band with Jawga , Leadpipe and Saddis , Joaquin , Hypasounds and Marzville and DJ Indian and Chris Gayle were tasked with keeping the soca mood alive for an hour before the battle royale begins around 6:50pm.
Nine artistes will be looking to dethrone six-time Party Monarch King Lil Rick who has already captured one title for the season when he took the International Bashment Soca crown at Phenomenal Friday on July 6. He has his eyes set on creating more history tonight when he performs sixth.
Newcomer Chrissy D will be the first to grace the stage giving the Rum and Bass. Having lost his bashment crown, Stiffy will be hoping he can get sweet revenge but he will have to find out who tell the most Lies in position number two.
Another debutant, Ashawnya will perform third in an effort to create a Mess, before Mac Fingall attempts to share Blows.
Mr Blood and IWeb are at position number five, while the reigning monarch Hypa Dawg will be requesting the ladies to bring the Mudda Sally.
Mikey will perform seventh with My Kind Ah Party then Nikita will try to journey in Going The Distance after finishing runner up in the Sweet Soca competition last year . Mistah Dale will conclude the first half of the show with Bold and Brave.
In the Sweet Soca competition, no Red Plastic Bag? no problem! A new king or queen is definitely guaranteed and the competition will be keen.
Bo Bo is first up with Rain and he will be followed by Imani performing All Day Long.
Mikey is in third position hoping to bring the arena together as one big Feting Family ahead of Damian Marvay At Large.
Adrian Clarke (AC) will take to the stage in fourth position with Soca You.
Up next will be Biggie Irie singing Country then Rick who appears in both competitions will serve Breakfast in Bed into the night time.
Depending on the price of the breakfast, he may have to ask Sanctuary Vibez who will follow for a Fete Loan and then IWeb will sing the Best in Me to bring the curtain don
The points system is as follows – a maximum of 25 points for performance and melody, a maximum of 20 points will be allocated to arrangement and lyrics and a maximum of five points for presentation and crowd response.