Cropover (Barbados)

July 25, 2017

SOCA ON DE HILL Remains A ‘High’light of the Crop Over

Tens of thousands filled Farley Hill on Sunday afternoon. (PHOTO: Richard Grimes)

Soca On De Hill continues to be one of the events in the Crop Over Festival with the largest turnout.

Tens of thousands flooded Farley Hill on Sunday afternoon equipped with coolers and picnic baskets and eager to see their favourite soca acts perform.

So large was the turnout that patrons had difficulties trying to get through the single entry way of Farley Hill, with some complaining of lining up for over an hour. It was not the ideal way to start the outing, but when it came to the stage show, there was little to criticise.

Showtime was 12 noon and commendably organisers were on point with getting the show on the road.

Soca On De Hill 2017

Performances ran smoothly with Gorg, Jus D, Verseewild and Joe Cloudy, Kirk Brown, Joaquin, Holla Back, Leadpipe and Saddis, Ramses, Hypasounds, Fadda Fox and Sanctuary being the first to hit the stage, entertaining patrons as they settled in.

The tempo was increased from around 4:00 p.m. when Marvay, Peter Ram, RPB, Nikita and Edwin Yearwood came with exciting and dynamic performances each time.

Shanta Prince served her expensive liquor, urging patrons not to act ‘stushy’ as some regional performers were up next – Orlando Octave, Skinny Fabulous, Ricky T and The Ultimate Rejects.

An emotional Patrice Roberts brought her daughter on stage during her 30-minute performance, noting that she was pregnant the last time she was at Soca on the Hill.

As the sun set and the temperature got a little cooler, Marzville, Hardware, Stabby, Scrilla and Coopa Dan and Jagwa kept the stage hot during a mini Bashment Soca Segment.

Bashment King Stiffy switched it up a bit, bringing one of his biggest fans, Mara Rose, on stage as he dedicated his popular 2017 song ‘Mavis’ to her.

The event finished at around 8:45 p.m. with Lil Rick and family who welcomed Porgie and Murda on stage to ‘Shake and Shackle Out’.

DJs Mikey Dred and Bon, Slashsoundz, Salt, Peter Coppin, Jon Doe and Tami along with the L&S Band, Bass Ink HD and De Unit Band entertained patrons between performances.

Vayne and Daddy Fabian were the MC’s for the night.

Source: Rosemary Forde for Loop Barbados



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