Popcaan, RDX for Shades Pon De Beach, August 2
Now only in its fourth year, the day and night event, Shades Pon De Beach, has grown quickly to become one of the most anticipated beach events for the summer, along the north coast.
Produced by Shades Nightclub in Ocho Rios, this year's event takes place on Sunday, August 2 at the usual venue, Sugar Pot Beach in Rio Nuevo, St Mary, a few minutes drive from the club itself.
Dancehall stars Popcaan and RDX make their debut on the show, which, this year, sees the return of Twin of Twins and also Rude Rose. Added to that line-up are Extreme Pushers, Shades Divas and the Bad Boy Entertainment crew, DJ Biggs and DJ Tourist.
The main acts will perform during the night segment of the event, with music coming from Hyperactive Sound Station, Flava Unit and Jugglements International, as they play throughout the event.
Popcaan, with hits such as Clarks, Only Man She Want, Unruly Rave, Hot Grabba, Party Shot, among others, has proved to be a crowd favourite and should excite the audience, which hasn't seen him perform in that part of the island in quite a while.
The dancehall duo, RDX, hasn't been seen in that part of the country in quite a while also. The 'Reggae Dancehall Xtraordinairs', made up of Renegade X and Delomar X, have contributed variety and creativity to the dancehall scene and should perform for their fans from their impressive repertoire which includes tracks such as Kotch, Bend Ova, Jump and Ride It.
During the day, patrons will be treated to lots of activities, including body painting, half-naked olympics, wet T-shirt contests, comedy show, amateur dance contest and other tantalising events.
"It's going to be the ultimate exotic experience," said Lloyd Cameron of Shades Nightclub. "This year, we have Bad Boy Trevor and DJ Chicken as hosts of the show."
Cameron expects an even bigger turnout this year, as the show continues to grow. "We expect this year it's going to be even better than last year. People are really waiting for it. Judging by the growth of the event since its inception, it's proof that the public appreciates it," he said.