The Gates at the Belle was the hot spot for festival-goers at the first instalment of Music in Autumn. Before the official 2018 lineup was released, there were murmurs of the reunion of two popular local reggae bands who enjoyed an extensive touring career throughout the Caribbean and Europe, collectively.
There was a buzz from patrons as they streamed out of the venue just after midnight voicing their opinions: “magical”, “the highest standard of gospel concert production in Barbados”, “I partied from when the first band touch the stage ‘till Stitchie’”, just to mention a few.
The stage came alive thirty minutes after the proposed start time and there was a seamless flow of hypnotic visual displays and sweet reggae music from the start; topped with pyrotechnics and a fireworks display to close the show.
Makonem Hurley, lead singer of KDB, one of the bands that reunited after a 10-year hiatus, expressed his satisfaction saying, “Music in Autumn for KDB was an amazing experience. After almost 10 years of being off the scene to come back at a show of this calibre was an honour.”
Speaking about the overall production he continued, “The production was A-class. All of my band members were happy before and after the event. This is what the gospel community in Barbados has been waiting for… an event of this magnitude and quality.”
Artistes also on the cards included John Yarde, Nicovia, Samuel Medas (Guyana), Broadway Boyz (Trinidad), Tribal Roots, and Stitchie (Jamaica).
Highlighting the average turnout, Orange Mango Group’s Director Kevyn Callender shared that, while they would have enjoyed greater numbers, they were generally pleased with the response from patrons for their first event. He explained the show’s concept was modelled to resemble that of mega-festivals in the US (Coachella) and UK (Tomorrowland); and he believes that they hit the mark, exemplarily. The Group has already begun planning the 2019 festival, which will include an additional day and music genre. (BT)