Festival extends beach welcome
Mark Titus, Gleaner Writer
Reggae Sumfest 2014 got off to a flying start at Sunday's official opening and welcome beach party, Ravin' in Rio. It was held at the Aquasol Theme Park in Sumfest's home city of Montego Bay, St James.
While only a handful of persons turned up to view the World Cup finals at the venue, an option the organisers provided, patrons began pouring in by the time DJ Crazy Neil, Coppershot, DJ Nicco, and ZJ Sparks completed their rounds of early juggling.
No one was left out, as party lovers from throughout the Caribbean, Europe and North America partied the night away, Miss Kitty leading the celebrations of Germany's victory over Argentina.
DJ Nicco is no stranger to Montego Bay, having spun for years at Margaritaville on the Hip Strip. He was at home with the demanding crowd, continuing the lyrical onslaught his predecessors had begun in the early stages.
He opened with Jamaican tunes from Buju Banton, Bob Marley, Kartel, Chronixx, and Mavado, before delivering a raft of shrewd selections representing several genres of music.
ZJ Sparks followed, but unlike last year's performance where she blazed with some cunning selections, she was just a flicker of her accustomed self, even as she championed the cause of the female patrons.
However, Coppershot and DJ Crazy Neil knew how to maintain the party vibe, bringing a lot of satisfaction to a crowd hungry for more as they signalled the start of Reggae Sumfest 2014.
Dancehall duo Twin of Twins, in true controversial style, entertained with their comedic social commentary in the live performance of the evening, which had patrons begging for more.
With Sumfest having whet the appetite of its patrons, anticipation is now high for the All White party tonight at Pier One, before the main courses of Dancehall Night on Thursday and International Nights 1 and 2 on Friday and Saturday, respectively, all at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.