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2 shows to start season

NATANGA SMITH, [email protected]

2 shows to start season

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It will be pure soca tomorrow.

Two fetes have branded themselves as the first fetes to “officially start Crop Over and, based on their line-ups, there is enough soca to share.

There is the return of Soca Ignition which was first launched in 2016 on the first Saturday in June. There was none last year, but it is back this year with a stellar line-up of local and regional acts.

“We have booked all the acts we want. There were some who were unavailable due to contract commitments but the ones we have we had no issues booking,” said Vilmore John, advertising manager of Starcom Network Inc., the entity behind the fete.

“The line-up is all about royalty . . . . All of these artistes would have won crowns, or did massive tourings or are well-loved by the public and people across the Caribbean,” he said.

“Soca Ignition 2018 at Bagatelle, St Thomas,is the party to start the soca season,” he stated.

King Bubba’s Illuminate is celebrating its second year straight.

“To be honest I don’t see the events as a clash. Both will do well and have different crowd demographics. Last year I branded my event as the official start of Crop Over and that’s what I’m pushing every year. This year’s focus in on Caribbean unity . . . .  I have a flag for each country representing. It’s gonna be beautiful when it’s done. This year will be even better than last years’ production.

King Bubba, an artiste and producer, said he annouNced the date of June 2, 2018, from last year December and he already had the date and acts for next year locked and booked.

“For tomorrow I got all the acts I wanted . . . . I have 26 on the bill and the cream of the crop is Beenie Man from Jamaica.”

Illuminate will be held at Copacabana Beach on Bay Street. (NS)