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Soca fans brave weather for Intl. performers at VG festival opening

- Memory of Darwin George honoured
International artiste Denise 'Saucy' Belfon strikes a "go down low" during her teasing performances at the Darwin George Easter Festival Village on March 30, 2013. Photo: VINO
One of several booths that catered for family activities at the Darwin George Easter Festival Village. Photo: VINO
One of several booths that catered for family activities at the Darwin George Easter Festival Village. Photo: VINO
 Fans enjoying the international segment of the Easter Festival Village opening. Photo: VINO
Fans enjoying the international segment of the Easter Festival Village opening. Photo: VINO
Tian Winter during his first ever stage show in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
Tian Winter during his first ever stage show in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
The Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Committee, Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee and Government honoured the memories of Darwin George with the presentation of a trophy to his relative Carolann P. George. Making the presentation is Chairman of the VG Easter Festival Committee, Rupert Vanterpool Jr. At right is Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn. Second from left is Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee, Marvin 'MB' Blyden. Photo: VINO
The Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Committee, Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee and Government honoured the memories of Darwin George with the presentation of a trophy to his relative Carolann P. George. Making the presentation is Chairman of the VG Easter Festival Committee, Rupert Vanterpool Jr. At right is Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn. Second from left is Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee, Marvin 'MB' Blyden. Photo: VINO
VG Easter Festival queen Sylvanna Charles and relative of the late Darwin George, Carolann P. George, cut the ribbon to symbolically declare the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival open. Photo: VINO
VG Easter Festival queen Sylvanna Charles and relative of the late Darwin George, Carolann P. George, cut the ribbon to symbolically declare the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival open. Photo: VINO
Harmonix singers during their performance. Photo: VINO
Harmonix singers during their performance. Photo: VINO
Three patrons of the VG Easter Festival opening night pose for a photo for Virgin Islands News Online. Photo: VINO
Three patrons of the VG Easter Festival opening night pose for a photo for Virgin Islands News Online. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons present for the opening ceremony of the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival 2013. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons present for the opening ceremony of the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival 2013. Photo: VINO
SPANISH TOWN, Virgin Gorda, VI - Patrons to the much anticipated show at the opening of the Darwin George Festival Village in Virgin Gorda on March 30, 2013 had their hopes dampened as heavy rains poured but as soon as the rain clouds left so was the mood as the show would hit into high gear with the international performers and leaving the patrons fully satisfied.

This was following the opening ceremony of the festival village where coordinators of the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival were challenged by Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn to coordinate more activities that celebrate and promote the culture of the Virgin Islands as he took pride in declaring the festival officially opened.

The brief ceremony saw the committee honouring the late son of the soil Darwin George with a presentation of a trophy, which was received by his niece Carolann P. George. 

Many persons who had gathered at the venue patiently awaiting the performances of international artistes Denise 'Saucy' Belfon from the Soca Capital of the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago and Tian Winter from Antigua, were forced to seek shelter under small tents, the stage and any other possible place for approximately two hours as they were kept warm by the recorded sounds of Soca music from various artistes.

At approximately  1:45 A.M. Denise Belfon took to the stage and had the crowd partying to their fullest to some of her songs, including Wining Queen, Obsessive Winners, Wine and Bend Over, Panic, Pipe and Dance, among others.

Belfon took the opportunity to surprise her mother by announcing her birthday and presented her with a cake. Patrons then joined in the singing of the birthday song. Belfon's mother and mother-in-law were present at the show.

Though they had to wait for some time for the setting up of the band again, patrons remained patient for the first time appearance in the Virgin Islands of the Antiguan entertainer Tian.  The party vibes were taken to another level when performer Tian Winter took the microphone and set the Darwin George Easter Festival Ground with his songs Magic, Kick in She Back Door, Push Back, among others.

The crowd was one to be considered sizable and one thing for sure is that their wait was not in vain as several persons won cell phones among other gift items compliments of Digicel, which was one of the main sponsors of the show.

The rain started earlier in the evening but was intermittent and had given indications of getting worse during the live performance of Session Reload who had to stop and come again as they said 'water and electricity don't mix.

Among the locals who added to the flavour of the night were solo artiste Monique, VI Showtime Band, Session Reloaded out of Virgin Gorda, Lashing Dogs, which started the night, and the band of young ladies 'Harmonix'.

The 2013 Easter festival activities continue tonight at the Darwin George Easter Festival Village with the Calypso Show from 8 P.M. to 12 P.M. Guest artistes tonight will include Bunji Garlin and Faya Ann Lyons alongside the Asylum Band and Pumpa and the Unit.

8 Responses to “Soca fans brave weather for Intl. performers at VG festival opening”

  • state (31/03/2013, 09:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The line up for Easter festival songs like mas this year go VG
  • link (31/03/2013, 09:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    kool photos vino..the rain did not stop the show
  • foxy (31/03/2013, 09:57) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Hope the late start was not because they had to wait on the arrogant self centered Minister
    • weed (31/03/2013, 16:04) Like (3) Dislike (12) Reply
      Look at Myron he loves the camera trying to show up at EVERY TOP News article like he tis ah shining star, when CLEARLY he's NOT!
  • rattie (31/03/2013, 10:18) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    SHOUT OUT to our Sister Isle of Virgin Gorda!
    Peace!
  • ire (31/03/2013, 13:09) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    That was one heck of a night who didnt have fun is a dead soul. The rain ripped through but boy the people was not moved. they waited even with the children and Denise had to send away some of them children so she could perform big people style. Tian was so so, but VI showtime end the night rocking
  • Improvement (31/03/2013, 18:25) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Me did not know fat women could go so low!!!!


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