Things to do: 9 events to ring in the New Year
Lil Rick and Mole are scheduled to perform at First Light.
-by Keisha Thompson
With the turn of a new year on the horizon, Bajans and visitors alike will be scouting for events to ring in 2020. We are here to keep you in the loop with a list of some of the hottest events happening on December 31, 2019 and Jan, 1 2020.
Estelle at Nikki Beach
Location: Port Ferdinand, St. Peter
Grammy Award winning & nominated British singer, songwriter, record producer and actress Estelle will be providing the live entertainment at this location on New Year’s Eve. The luxury beach club promises a night of elegance as they ring in 2020 with a spectacular celebration filled with champagne and live entertainment under the theme ‘Roaring ’20s’, in true Nikki Beach style. Patrons will also be wowed by a spectacular fireworks display. The action kicks off from 8pm and goes until 4am.
Toast! NYE: The Treasure Trove
Location: Charles Fort, Hilton Resort Barbados
Krosfyah will usher in 2020 amongst their fans when they toast to a new year together. In addition to celebrating 30 years of infectious soca with this top band, live entertainment will also be provided by the ever-popular 2 Mile Hill. Alvin Toppin, Blaqrose Supreme, John Doe and Vibe Nation will be the DJs on the night. Hosted at the luxury hotel, this glitz & glam event will include premier drinks and gourmet dining stations. Showtime begins at 9pm on Old Year’s Night and ends at 3am New Year’s Day.
Location: Roy Byer Complex, St. Michael
Billed as a ‘Red Carpet Affair’, those who opt to attend this event are encouraged to ‘dress to impress’. It runs from 8pm December 31st, 2019 until 4am Jan 1st, 2020. Entertainment will be provided by Rico Love, Supa Star, Surf Rat, Jerry Dan and Fadda Crab, among others.
Elevate Events Live presents Elevate Suit & Tie: Monte Carlo
Location: National Botanical Iconic Gardens, St. Michael
If you are looking to ring in the new decade in grand style then Elevate Suit & Tie promises an experience and ambience like none other. There will be a glam zone on site complete with a mini spa. This premium drinks-inclusive event will also provide a complimentary coat check for the gents while offering a shoe check service for the ladies who wish to relieve themselves of their heels as the night progresses. The DJ line-up promises some of the hypest ones Bim has to offer and the event begins at 9pm.
G-Syndicate at Hugo’s Barbados
Location: Speightstown, St. Peter
Looking for more of an intimate setting on Old year’s Night to spend with that special someone? Then this serene seaside restaurant could be among the options to consider. In addition to complimentary champagne, party favours and a 5-course tasting menu, patrons will be pleasantly serenaded by the soothing voices of G-Syndicate, the island’s premier vocal band.
Super Nova Cruise
Location: The Jolly Roger
Prefer to usher in the new year on the seas? Then this cruise may be just right for you. Boarding begins at 9pm on December 31st, but the boat sails from 10pm-2am. Surf Rat $ Menace, Jagwa The Champ, Big Red the DJ and Saga Boy will keep passengers entertained as they navigate the high seas. This event is a food-inclusive one but patrons are allowed to bring their stacked coolers or alternatively opt to purchase drinks from the premium bar on board.
Limerz Cruise- First Light
Location: Rockfield, St. Lucy
This will be the second consecutive year that the popular First Light will be held at the picturesque location in the north. The Breakfast Cooler Party kicks off after midnight fireworks, commencing at 2am. Patrons can enjoy what promises to be a great fete against the backdrop of the first sunrise of a new year. Entertainers for this event include Lil Rick and Mole along with popular DJ Riggo Suave, Level Vibes, Surf Rat & Menace and the Salt & Don team, among others. The action at Rockfield will conclude at 10am.
Esquire Entertainment & Copa Cartel’s Bliss Beach
Location: Copacabana Beach Club, Bay Street
This ultra-all-inclusive event takes place at the central location on New Year’s Day from 3pm-10pm. There is no need to be concerned about being glitzy as beach wear is the attire suggested. DJs Hutchy & Sizz, Mayhem Soundz, Scratchmaster and others will make up the entertainment package for the evening that promises ‘happiness in waves’!
Gather at De Bay
Location: River Bay, St. Lucy
This is an event that you can take the entire family to on New Year’s Day. Enjoy an ‘ole time’ picnic atmosphere at the official start to the We Gatherin’ activities of 2020. Entertainment will be provided by local gospel stalwart Sis Marshall and then later by some of the island’s most popular soca artistes, including Queen Alison Hinds. The event runs from 11am until 5:30pm.
In addition to the regular dining and party spots, these are but some of the options from which to choose to glamorously ring in the new decade or simply enjoy the company of friends and loved ones at the turn of a new year.