Music and paint at 3D-X
Bacchanal 3D-X Summer J'Ouvert kicked off the summer party season in fine style on Saturday night as bacchanal lovers turned out in droves to soak up the soca fun at Mas Camp, National Stadium grounds, St Andrew.
The organisers of the annual event served up another spectacular event. Boasting the addition of J'Ouvert to the party experience, 3D-X came alive to the beats of EDM, soca, hip-hop, and dancehall music. At a few minutes after 11 p.m., the venue was sparsely populated, but, within the hour, that quickly changed as the partygoers turned up in their numbers.
Donning short shorts and ready to display their 'worst behaviour', patrons enjoyed the early juggling by DJ Cruise. Playing mostly hip-hop selections with an occasional dancehall track, Cruise had the crowd in warm-up mode and, whenever he teased with a soca song, it was clear what the Mas Camp revellers had come for, They were served a full dose as soon as Trinidad native DJ Nuphoric hit the stage.
The Trini proved to be just what the doctor ordered. Nuphoric could do no wrong as he spun his soca web, dropping hit after hit. The party-goers welcomed the change and obeyed Nuphoric's every command for the duration of his set. Patrons let their inner party animal loose as they gyrated to some popular Destra tracks. Selections from Machel Montano, Skinny Fabulous, 5 Star Akil and Mr Killa had the crowd in a frenzy, as they worked up a sweat.
Just when one thought the energy level couldn't get any higher, it went up. And just in case anyone forgot the party had a J'Ouvert theme, they were quickly reminded, as Nuphoric called for the paint distribution. Those who wished not to get messy were instructed to move to the back of the venue, but even there, it was hard to avoid the paint as it was thrown everywhere.
Soca lovers were encouraged to use their bodies as human canvases and they did, clearly letting loose and having fun. Caution was thrown to the wind as many rolled in the colourful liquid on the ground. When the selector drew for Angela Hunte and Machel Montano's Party Done, there was a resounding 'no', as patrons were clearly in no mood to leave.
And so when Kamal Bankay entered the stage ready to get the EDM party under way, patrons were as pleased as punch, 3D-X continuing into the wee hours of the morning.