If you were looking for an enchanted wonderland to visit this Crop Over, Lost In Paradise was it. Kudos must be given to the organizers for the execution of this first time all-inclusive event.
The Bellevue Plantation was transformed into a mystical forest that enticed and bewitched socaholics last Saturday night. It was a perfect venue for the event and the decor added to the tropical enchanted forest theme.
The five-hour fete included soca tunes from Barbados and throughout the region with top deejays such as DJ Puffy, Jus Jay, Scratchmaster, Riggo Suave, DJ Charlotte, Hutchy and Sizz and DJ Payou mixing the tunes.
While the deejays contributed to the high energy and vigour among the patrons, the fete reached its optimal levels when the likes of Lil Rick and Skinny Fabulous got on stage.
This year, Rick copped four titles under his belt and his ever increasing popularity was evident as Barbadians and visitors “pelted” waist to his hits such as Sugar Lump, Mudda Sally and True Story.
All “stush” behaviour was left at the door as patrons thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Around 12:25 a.m., Vincentian soca artiste Skinny Fabulous graced the stage and ignited a new fervour in the audience. He performed hits such as Worst Behaviour, Watch Thing, Party Start, Lights Go Down and Happiness Man Alive by Machel Montano. It was when he came into the crowd during his performance of Burn that the party truly erupted. Like a bullfighter, he led the crowd and instructed them to charge upon his command. There was a mad rush as patrons jumped, waved and danced in a circle to Skinny’s electrifying performance.
Another highlight was the surprise performance of Funky Business by Vincentian artiste Rimba which sent the crowd into a frenzy. In unison, the crowd chanted ‘Mind Ya Funky Business’.
Lost in Paradise was a hit among the patrons. Originally scheduled for a 2 a.m. finish, the vibe was so good that the deejays gave patrons an extra 30 minutes of partying before they set them off home.
Co-organiser Mario Greene from Elevate Entertainment told Bajan Vibes that his team was extremely pleased with the positive response from patrons.
“Based on the feedback that we have been getting from the show, we are definitely looking to do it next year and make it bigger and more innovative. We are really hoping that this will become a staple for Crop Over Saturday,” Greene disclosed.
“We are trying to offer something that has international as well as local appeal so we just conceptualized how we market Barbados while also including Crop Over and all the elements that bring together the region,” he added.