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Excitement, powder filled the air at Colorfest

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMCurtis Campbell
Feeling the vibe!
The soca train rolls out at Colour Festival 2015
Powder colours the night sky as patrons dance up a storm.
The Gleaner's Colour Powder Station supplied the goodies!
It was all fun and excitement for these ‘socaholics’ at Color Festival 2015.

Intermittent showers threatened to put a damper on festivities at Color Festival. Despite the inclement weather, scores of patrons converged at Hope Gardens to witness a show many would not soon forget.

A few glitches caused by rain threatened the show's proceedings. However, through it all, hundreds of faithful patrons refused to leave the excitement. At midnight, when the organisers concluded the event, like the rain did in the early stages, it was colourful powder that poured down on patrons. For that aspect of the entertainment package, they did not seek any shelter.

The night of fun-filled entertainment came to a climax with exciting sets from DJ Kurt Riley. DJ Sanjay and Titan Sound from Trinidad.

DJ Sanjay arguably played the best set on the night, going against expectations to play dancehall selections. No stranger to the Color Festival stage, he kept the audience sweating profusely by juggling major hits from the likes of Elephant Man, Vybz Kartel, Ding Dong, Bling Dawg and Assassin, among others.

Color Festival is known to dabble predominantly with soca and EDM genres.

However, hip hop songs such as We Dem Boys, by Wiz Khalifa, and Hot Boy, by Bobby Shmurda, had patrons grooving on the dance floor. Popular EDM single, Harlem Shake, also had patrons in a frenzy, as they threw Smirnoff branded cups into the air.

The venue was decorated to give patrons a futuristic feel, outfitted with huge screens baring moving images. EDM is a relatively new genre to the Jamaican market. However, patrons familiar with EDM music made sure their presence were felt by jumping childishly, performing break dance moves or simply scream atop their voices.

Color Festival was sponsored by The Gleaner, Digicel, Tutti Frutti, Red Bull and Smirnoff, among others.