OK! finally I can get my thoughts together ( I should really get to reviewing the previous parties but each event wiped the memory of the next from my mind),
Looking back at 2014 I would say critics were right, this was the year Jamaica’s Carnival season matured and reached a level I havei never imagined! It was more than just “fete after fete after fete” it was pure quality after quality!. This year had new names, new concepts, and even older concepts improved to such a high level making this year a year to remember!
Our team only made it to a few of this year’s Carnival events including Opening Night, Club Soca, Soca Village,SvD, Beach Jouvert, Sunrise, a few lymes and Road March (all except maybe opening night, which we look forward to attending next year!). From what I’ve seen and heard about numerous parties I missed, I think we need to plan to add more to our party list for next year. However lets give some shout-outs to some people I think deserve some recognition, though they’re already getting it!!
SunNation – It was made very clear this year that if you want value for your money during Carnival, you should spend it at a SunNation event! I say this knowing their events tend to be on the “pricier side” but once are there you will gladly get your money’s worth!. Sunset Cocoa Jouvert looked amazing and (up until that point) was said to be the best Soca party people have ever experienced in Jamaica! (some possibly drunk patrons said it was the best Soca party ever, even compared to Trinidad)! We Didn’t make it to that event but the pictures and feedback proved that it was nothing short of an amazing event which left its patrons quite happy. Now for the big one, Sunrise Breakfast Party!!!! I don’t want to say “Best of the Year” but it had the best presentation I’ve ever seen in Jamaica! The liquor, the venue, the food, the set design, the performances, the DJs everything was put together perfectly! a special shout-out for those cold wet minty rags, they gave us life in the burning sun! So when budgeting for next year’s Carnival season, just set aside a couple dollars for the SunNation’s account.
Ceaser’s Army – Honestly I felt a little ashamed that I’ve never heard of this team before this year, sadly I’m only a domestic Soca Junkie…but once we did some research we were happy that such a well recognized Trinidad team was willing to party in Jamaica. The concept of A.M.Bush was totally new to me and once I heard about it, I seriously thought it was crazy, ridiculous and brilliant in 1! It however turned out to be just that! The concept? Apparently if you set a bunch of “Socaphiles” loose on a Cane field you will have a great time! From the pictures and reports it was a night of crazy fun! We didn’t attend this year but I hope Ceaser’s Army will make an effort to return, I know the 300 would appreciate it!
Digicel – Confused? Let me explain! In Road March Digicel has never really stood out among the rest, they’ve had good costumes before but usually pretty normal costumes that doesn’t sum up to $300 US, their lunch time food and service was satisfactory, so at least you weren’t starving right? and sometimes Digicel had the worst truck for Music, that’s if you go to Carnival for Soca anyway, they usually had a ZJ who played the same 10 Soca songs then switched to Dancehall. This year however they excelled in all categories: Firstly they had one of the best costumes this year! it had a nice Front line style didn’t cost $400 US. Their lunchtime section was pretty good, they had a full sized box, with decent amount of choices except Frenchmen had coffin boxes. They had a make up artist who gave the ladies a touch up while they sat in a massage chair. The greatest deal of all was their music, I didn’t get to see all the DJs, I remember seeing DJ Sanjay, Barrie Hype(the loud gentleman on the Supa Soca mixes) and I think Back to Basics. The important part was they nailed it, good music all day, throwback segments, songs we didn’t hear all year, just great! Digicel is now responsible for my worst and best Road March experiences, hopefully they keep it up.
Lastly Bacchanal, I cant really speak to their weekly fetes, I understand some were great, others not so much,Nonetheless I’m glad that Island Vibes hosted it, which was a good decision. Pertaining to Road March,this year was much much better, security was on point in removing invaders, the trucks didn’t leave revellers behind too much ,and the last “hurrah” was great as usual. Costumes didn’t seem to sell quickly this year, hopefully they find some way to remedy this, maybe do discounts or price cuts, but hey! here’s to another year of Bacchanal!!!!
So that’s it for 2014’s official Carnival season, so what now? I guess for some “Crop Over” and for others “out of season fetes”
(sorry for the long post, I couldn’t stop myself)