#ShannyValDiaries: I Love Soca…The Carnival 2017 Edition

I never knew I would ever step foot in another I Love Soca especially after my last experience at a Waterfront edition. It took Skinny Fabulous & Kerwin Dubois being billed for the event to convince me to purchase my ticket.


Being a work night, we didn’t get to Ocean Boulevard until about 10:30 PM; igloo, liquor & cup in hand. I get that our economy isn’t the best & that to have artiste of this calibre on board some serious money had to be spent but $3000 pre-sold to carry my own liquor or buy your own was absolutely crazy. Luckily for me, I got a student discount ticket (thank you UWI/UTECH links).

The DJ line up was amazing & I think all the sets I caught were cool.  I definitely got my Bajan Bashment soca fix.

It was my first time seeing Riggo Sauve & he totally didn’t disappoint. My favourite sets for the night were definitely from him & Lord Hype & Tony Cross. Barrie Hype did an excellent job hosting the event.

The performances were off the chain!

The King of Vincy Skinny Fabulous, Kerwin Dubois, Shal Marshall, Sekon Sta, Peter Ram & the King of Dancehall Beenie Man.

After the performances, I felt like I owed the promoters money.

At the end of the night, I headed to the food court for a Bad Dawg hot dog before heading across the bridge. I must commend them for setting up qa food court which gave patrons ample options for after fete bites.

No matter how hard I try to… I just don’t like the Waterfront as a venue.  Although, it’s by the sea it was hot as hell & the further we went from the main stage the harder it was to hear the music (simple Physics).

For me, the only good thing about the venue set up was the visibility of the stage. You could literally stay at the back & see it.

Overall, it was a good party & the performers were great.

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Until next fete!



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