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Colour Fest excites!

Published:Thursday | October 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Photos by Winston Sill showing snapshots from Colour Fest.
Photos by Winston Sill showing snapshots from Colour Fest.
Photos by Winston Sill showing snapshots from Colour Fest.
Photos by Winston Sill showing snapshots from Colour Fest.
Photos by Winston Sill showing snapshots from Colour Fest.
Photos by Winston Sill showing snapshots from Colour Fest.
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Colour Festival has arguably cemented itself as one of the must-go events on the local entertainment scene, this as the second staging at Hope Gardens in St Andrew, last Sunday, reflected a massive growth in the turnout.

Rain threatened to literally dampen the excitement at various intervals during the nine-hour fĂȘte. However, patrons were not fazed by the occasional drizzle, as they continued to jump, gyrate, scream and drink for the duration of the Kingston 8-produced event.

DJs Kurt Riley, Sanjay and the experienced Titan from Trinidad were responsible for delivering the musical package, and they each brought their unique flavour to make Colour Fest a memorable one.

Mr Killa's Rollie Pollie and Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball in EDM style had patrons in a frenzy, as they chanted the words, while dancing with hands in the air.

The venue was beautifully decorated, utilising colourful lights, illuminated signs and large flat-screen monitors. The organisers had advised patrons to wear white clothing, and this they did; however, as the powder-throwing got started, those white clothing quickly became multicoloured.

Colour Festival also boasted a new sponsorship from Smirnoff, and with the new addition and an improved bar service, promoters could do no wrong. It was also evident that some patrons over-indulged in the offerings, but one thing is for certain, there was no shortage of fun. Needless to say, the DJs would occasionally remind patrons to 'think and drink responsibly'.

Amid all the fun and excitement, however, thieves made off with cell phones, wallets and purses, but the swift action of bouncers and security personnel saw them being nabbed. Some patrons would later retrieve missing items.

Organisers of the event, Kingsley Cooper and Matthew Greenaway, told The Gleaner that the festival shows great promise in Jamaica, and also disclosed that there were plans to host similar events in other Caribbean countries in the near future. However, last Sunday's event was the final staging in Jamaica for 2014.

"It's just amazing, because Jamaicans know how to party. It was raining and they still danced in the rain and that is simply amazing," said Greenaway.

The venue also boasted booths by Listerine, Jamaica National, Tutti Frutti, among others, and a food and medical station.

curtis.campbell@gleanerjm.com