Saturday 28 March, 2020

WATCH: Highlights from Digicel Beach Party 2017

Konshens brings the party to first event for 2017 Digicel Barbados Reggae Festival.

Hundreds of dancehall lovers packed Daquiri Beach, Pirates Cove last evening as they came out to see their favorite local and Jamaican acts perform on the big stage.

Overall, it was a solid lineup of artiste and DJs, but something seemed to be missing from what is usually a rocking, energetic event.

Local acts Madd Dog, Jah Reddis and Scrilla got things going as patrons filled up the venue. Mole and Lady Essence continued to warm up the crowd as the sun set, making way for raunchy viral sensation Natalie, SK and Pumpy Doo who woke up the crowd with their performances of "Dirty Harry" and "Every Back Bend".

Rounding out the local acts were Marzville, Stabby, Jagwa and reigning Bashment Soca King Stiffy whose notably short performances brought the party vibe and kept the crowd asking for more.

Speaking to Loop News after his performance, Shane "Stiffy" Atkinson admitted that he was "feeling good" following his performance.

"The energy was there and I had fun! It's always fun to be with the Reggae crowd, you can express yourself and they will accept you."

Masicka was all about the "gangsters" in his near 15-minute set, but it was Demarco and Konshens who stood out among the Jamaican artistes in finally getting the crowd into full party mode.

Demarco gave patrons a fun performance from start to finish as patrons sang along to many of his popular songs "Puppy Tail", "Fallen Soldiers" and "Sort Them Out", to name a few. 

Hitting the stage last, Konshens really got patrons to free up and "Bubble" and "Bruk Off Yuh Back" during his 20-minute set.

After his performance, a contented Garfield "Konshens" Spence told Loop, "Whether it's Reggae On The Beach, Reggae On The Hill or a show in a club it's always a good vibe to be in Barbados. It's been a long time now. The last time I had a show here and there were serious issues which caused the show to be cancelled [even though] I was actually here so that hurt me, but it's always a good vibe."

DJs Monstapiece, Indian and Chris Gayle, Mikey Dred and Bon, Infamous, Hollywood HP, Ras and Chasey and DJ Puffy kept the crowd entertained throughout the evening.

During his well-received set, 2016 Red Bull Thre3style World Champion DJ Puffy took the time out to thank Barbadians for all the support they have been giving him so far in his career.

"To everyone whose been supporting me I just want to say thank you guys so much! You done know I will always bring it back home!" he said as he walked to the front of the stage to be closer to patrons.

Take a look at the video to see all the action.

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