Bacchanal makes a few changes

Published: Tuesday | February 19, 2013 Comments 0
Bacchanal Jamaica kicks off the 2013 carnival season with the official opening of the Mas Camp and first Bacchanal Fridays Fête, held at Stadium North, National Stadium complex, last Friday night. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
Bacchanal Jamaica kicks off the 2013 carnival season with the official opening of the Mas Camp and first Bacchanal Fridays Fête, held at Stadium North, National Stadium complex, last Friday night. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

Sadeke Brooks, Staff Reporter

Bigger booths, a seemingly wider venue and lots of revellers were the order of the evening at the opening of Bacchanal Fridays at the New Mas Camp, St Andrew.

For the second year at the relatively new venue, there was a bit of difference. Booths for companies such as Matterhorn, Smirnoff, Digicel, Appleton, Pepsi and Pure Country appeared larger than previous years. The venue seemed as if it was widened and most of it has been covered with asphalt. There were also digital screens that lit up the large stage with flashing lights.

Sanjay from Coppershot Disco made patrons dance to some soca but included Psy's Gangnam Style in the mix. The dance music was short-lived and there was a swift return to soca songs like Bucket, Misbehave and Duracell.

Seemed like a lyme

While some patrons danced, it seemed more like a social gathering or lyme for others. While he played soca, Sanjay also played dancehall and reggae, even awkwardly dropping Konshens' So Mi Tan and Damian Marley's Affairs Of The Heart in the midst of his selections.

But with the exception of a few songs such as Bunji Garlin's Differentology, patrons did not react to the newer soca songs.

As the night progressed, DJ Private Ryan joined Sanjay on stage with more of the same until RDX's Jump and Lil Rick's Go Dung were played.

With 15 minutes left before the scheduled 2 a.m. end to the event, the patrons really started to dance despite the repetition of soca songs.

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