Fete After Fete After Fete Part II……..Mashing Up Fete Is We Name

24 11 2007

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Thursday January 31st, 2008
 

* Michael Headley’s All Inclusive Fete

Heard great things about this fete and have yet to check it out because of the logistics involved with time and distance.  This is a daytime to late evening affair.   There is also a very popular night affair (UWI Splash) to attend.  MidNight Robber swears by this fete.  This is his take on it:  “After you make the 2+ hour trek to the eastern side of Trinidad, through winding unpaved roads and little villages hidden n the countryside, you arrive at the Estate overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Food!! Unlimited..drinks…topshelf..unlimited drinks……..did I mention it was topshelf and unlimited.  Patrons even get a little gift as they come through the front.  The crowd is mature with a very nice mix of lively older people and a mature younger crowd. This fete comes highly recommended despite the price tag”.

* Beach House Carnival All Inclusive Fete

This is the other popular daytime to late evening affair.  I have attended this fete and the 1 thing I could say, BAR CANNOT BUSS.  The other thing I could say, they must do better with the food.  Not quality but quantity.  Dat appetizer food station thing they had going on last year nah go work.  Set in the Valleys out in Maracas-St. Joseph off a winding road.  Where cell phone reception is non existent. So calling yuh transportation when its time to go is a lost cause.  You will walk 3 miles back into town to meet yuh transport b/c the narrow road will be blocked off by police for incoming traffic or by people making u turns to head back out.
 

* Alternative Thursdays

Never been, but that Alternative word and Down D Islands doesn’t make me feel comfortable..

* Tribe Ignite

Tribe Fete usually runs up against UWI Splash on Thursday night.  The stoosh Tribe faithfuls will be in attendance. Nothing special here, the usual performers will make their round robin of appearances (i.e. Machel) 

Friday February 1st, 2008
 

* Island People Girl Power

Never went to this thing because of the reported stoosh factor.  Now I have a bit ah stooshness in meh, in that I like to party with civilized folks.  But at d same time I like rell bachannal.  Well supposedly this fete was d sleeper fete last year and it was good. 

* Blue Range Cooler Fete

Never went but hear it suppose to be good.

* Rise All-Inclusive – Never went

* Cooler Fete – Pier 1

This was a yearly pilgrimage for me in my youth.  Nothing better dan taking yuh alcohol on road wit yuh.  But fight after fight after fight is a rell vibes killer.  So this fete was eliminated from my itinerary all together.

International Soca Monarch Finals

Bring yuh crew!!, arm yourself with weapons, and go with a Rambo mentality. It’s survival of the fittest if you are down on the field.  Think 300 Spartans. This event is an All out war set to live Soca music. I have visions of an old 1970’s (yes, I’m showing my age) Gang movie based in NYC called “The Warriors”. Attending Soca Monarch Finals can literally be you and your crew against the world and your job is to make it back to Coney Island alive with everyone in tact. You might lose some members of your crew along the way but that’s the chance you take for fukkin with the wrong crowd.  Every psycho, heartless, criminal minded individual in TnT will be here.  VIP isn’t really VIP being that they are 150 Yards from the front of the stage.  They do get a perfect view of the bacchanal going down on the field though.  They might root for your survival. Ah remember meh pardnas from d old neighborhood telling stories last year of how d bar buss because it was robbed, dey see men in d crowd wit full case ah Stag and ting.  And yeah d brawls in d crowd was like a scene from 300 Spartans.  “Caaaannn youuuu Diggit and Lets get Ready to Rumblllllllle”.   Very appropriate battle cries for this fete.

 

 

 

 

Saturday February 2nd, 2008
 

* Panorama Finals

Pan is sweet.  And people should attend.

* Island Style Insomnia Fete

This fete was the mother of all fetes.  It was the 1 fete that I always looked forward to in Trini.  This fete was the ultimate test of yuh endurance and would verify yuh as a true warrior.  But as the years have passed, this fete has passed my liking.  I have become displeased with the quality of performers and the fighting.  And NO I not going to pay for no overpriced VIP.  Performers would come give yuh a quick ting and den dey gone.  I got use to seeing d sun come up wit Machel performing, last year no sun.  I eh really see no foreign acts either except for the MC from Brooklyn who in Trinidad asking Brooklyn people to show d crowd how Brooklyn people does do it. 

* Trini Posse All-Inclusive Fete

Cute fete, dey look like dey does be having a good time.

* Sunny Side Up All-Inclusive Breakfast Party

Heard it’s a very well put together and intimate fete.

Sunday February 3rd, 2008 (Carnival Sunday)
 

* Moka All-Inclusive Fete

Never been there.

* Brian Lara All-Inclusive Fete

The reports are this is the Bourgoise/Stoosh fete of the Carnival season.  If yuh is somebody, think yuh somebody or want to be somebody, then empty yuh pockets and go push yuh nose up in d air wit yuh people.  Will never see me.  NEVER.

***Coming Soon:  Super Scalpers……Friend or Foe***

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17 responses

24 11 2007
Crissy

Well good article as usual a pleasure to read, but I have two disagreement with you.
1) Girl Power from every year experience I really don’t see it being the stoosh party as most people describe it to be. It’s becoming one of those parties that is a must go every year b/c it’s off the chain, you may want to reach at 2am when the party is now starting to jump off.

2) Brian Lara All Inclusive – Another amazing party to kick off carnival monday and Tuesday, I personally think everyone should attend even if it’s once. The stooshness doen’t really exist when the sun goes down and the bands are on stage, everyone is usually haveing a blast in de man backyard, food is always exceptionally really well and the bar is always stocked with yuh favorite unlimited premium drinks that NEVER ENDS 🙂

24 11 2007
law

Oh My God! I literally spit out what I was drinking when I read your review about International Soca Monarch Finals — Spartans, Rambo, weapons, The Warriors . Never been but heard enough horror stories and your take sounds quite to the point. My little American-born cousin, who comes from a very quiet peaceful neighborhood, knowing nothing about feteing in Trinidad decided he goin Soca Monarch one year. Just land and gone fete wid he American passport and all he money. Do I need say anything more. At least he came out alive and uninjured.

24 11 2007
Canboulay

Crissy ah might have to put meh comments in reverse a little bit because I have seen how my feting practices have evolve the past few years as I have aged. Ah does try to keep an open mind to new experiences, just to have the experience under meh belt before ah really give meh full objective opinion. I did hear good things bout GP last year for the 1st time so you might be half-way right. As for Lara……..blah…..we go see.

24 11 2007
Canboulay

Law I eh kno nah pardna. Soca Monarch suppose to be 1 of those events that showcases Soca at its finest. But it apears that a lot of “ghettoists” take this opportunity to display their craft instead. Its really ah shame.

24 11 2007
xenobia

Love, love, love your article.
In regards to Soca Monarch my brother who is in the US military loves this fete. He is 6/4 and built like a refrigerator. Him and his military buddies are really reminiscent of the spartans and I think they go to Soca Monarch just to work off their aggression.

25 11 2007
Crissy

Canboulay…sweet of you to respond.. Lara…Come on Give it a try just once. If yuh love yuh belly and yuh alcohol you will love this fete 😉

25 11 2007
Princessredz

Well I must be rel stoosh in truth, cause Girl Power and Lara are my two favourites! Not that I does be doing any social wining…

And I have a Yankee cousin who had almost the exact same experience in Soca Monarch a few years back. Sparta! I nearly dead when I read that but the truth must be spoken!

Love this blog by the way. Keep it up!

25 11 2007
Robber Talk

I enjoy Lara, its good to switch up from every now and then from the bacchanal to the stoosh. Matter of fact, a few hours after lara, yuh go right back to getting on dutty and stink during jovert. Its just the $900 or So T&T to get in that makes Lara hard to swallow year after year.

25 11 2007
squuezle

That Soca Monarch review hit the nail on the head!
“Warriorrrrrrs, come out to pla-ayyyyy”

The closest I ever came to that fete was liming at the (now closed) Cricket Wicket pub across the street from the Oval. The fighting OUTSIDE the Oval got so bad that the owner had to close the gate and lock his patrons inside for their own protection. Since that experience, I like to put at least half a mile between myself and Soca Monarch.

26 11 2007
allison

i agree with yuh crissy, girl power is off the hook. i find it was better than insomnia.

26 11 2007
D Sprit

Love the blog & comments…..

I myself have never been to Lara fete, since ah does litterally cah do nothing Sunday evenin after waking up bout 6 o’clock Sunday evening and usually in who ever house I pass out in, from Diamond Vale B’fast party (which was not mentioned).. Now what a fete, what a fete!!!! If yuh lucky enough to get tickets which does usually sell out by Christmas with only a few being released the carnival Sat morning, then yuh in for the time of yuh life. Be that as it may, based on the above comments ah go try hard to go Lara next yr.

As for Girl Power, always hear people say the same thing about it being a social affair…. Not for me, I does have a Time… Missed it one yr to go Rise, I eh doing that again. 2k7 was off the chains though, and I think Machel gave his best performance of the season (ok from AC come fwd) that nite, or should I say 6 o’clock in the morning…

26 11 2007
tacariguagyul

love, love, love this column…I agree with your take on everything……you should check out d’vale breakfst party for 2k8 it is highly recommended. Keep up the good vibes!

26 11 2007
Mas In Yuh Ass

Catch me in de people & dem Soca Monarch???!!!! Neva. My mudder’s first born and best effort will not meet she maker in dat jam. But seriously, I always have a blast at Girl Power & Lara (relllllll vibes). Check them out for 2K8…I’m sure you’ll be surprised.

30 11 2007
dajewel

ah luving dis blog!!! keep it up!! what happened to the article about “what a man really wants in his goody bag”?????

30 11 2007
Canboulay

Pressure dajewel Pressure. We have 3 topics dat r over-due. Pressure girl. We like to talk shit eh, but good quality shit wit substance that people can understand d big picture within the shit talk. So we trying not to rush tings and lose d substance, but still satisfy our readers requests. Wit dat said…….we gonna have something new by Sunday god willing…..but we taking special care wit dat goody bag topic. Laterz

1 12 2007
shells

great reviews, lets add a couple
1. Girl Power – has been great every year that i went. The one year i didin’t go it apparently was even better…great way to begin the Carnival weekend, reach about 1am (i.e. around when Machel himself comes on stage and you’ll be in heaven)

2. Blue Range Cooler Fete – 2007 was the first time that i wen this, and it was great. If you used to go Pier 1’s cooler fete and miss it, then this is a great event to make up for the coller fete for Carnival.

3. sunny side Up – GREAT fete. great food, great drinks…strawberries/peaches and champagne, need i say more? ok then… of course to complete the experience there’s the required water hose, and foam cannons…. think i’ll be there for 2008.

6 12 2010
Eloquence, Inc.

wow…in shock at the Soca Monarch experiences/reviews!

I was looking forward to it as part of the cultural side of carnival but now I think I will avoid like the plague! Just get the results at Girl Power!

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