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Soca night minus the Soca

- Sterling performances from VI's Monae & USVI's Rock City
Rock City put on a stellar performance at last evening's August 7, 2017 performance. PHOTO: VINO
The Virgin Islands top female artiste Monae was a crowd favourite. Photo: VINO
The Virgin Islands top female artiste Monae was a crowd favourite. Photo: VINO
Many turned out last evening for the International Soca Night but some were disappointed with the number of soca performances. PHOTO: VINO
Many turned out last evening for the International Soca Night but some were disappointed with the number of soca performances. PHOTO: VINO
Virgin Islands artiste Tino Marks warming up the crowd. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands artiste Tino Marks warming up the crowd. Photo: VINO
Scenes from International Soca Night at the Neil A.
Scenes from International Soca Night at the Neil A. "Mr Melee" Blyden on August 7, 2017 in Road Town, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Soca Monarch Eustace
Soca Monarch Eustace "Boss" Freeman performing during the International Soca Night. Photo: VINO
Antiguan singing sensation Tizzy during her high-energy performance. Photo: VINO
Antiguan singing sensation Tizzy during her high-energy performance. Photo: VINO
Scenes from International Soca Night at the Neil A.
Scenes from International Soca Night at the Neil A. "Mr Melee" Blyden on August 7, 2017 in Road Town, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Scenes from International Soca Night at the Neil A.
Scenes from International Soca Night at the Neil A. "Mr Melee" Blyden on August 7, 2017 in Road Town, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Scenes from International Soca Night at the Neil A.
Scenes from International Soca Night at the Neil A. "Mr Melee" Blyden on August 7, 2017 in Road Town, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Scenes from International Soca Night at the Neil A.
Scenes from International Soca Night at the Neil A. "Mr Melee" Blyden on August 7, 2017 in Road Town, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Scenes from International Soca Night at the Neil A.
Scenes from International Soca Night at the Neil A. "Mr Melee" Blyden on August 7, 2017 in Road Town, Tortola. Photo: VINO
Scenes from International Soca Night at the Neil A.
Scenes from International Soca Night at the Neil A. "Mr Melee" Blyden on August 7, 2017 in Road Town, Tortola. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Neil A. "Mr Melee' Blyden Festiville recorded yet another sold out crowd on the second night, August 5, 2017 that was designed for straight partying from sun down to sun up.

Saturday night, according to the calendar of activities published by the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIFFC), was titled "International Soca night", however, real soca junkies who went out to party, were disappointed. 

"Now is soca we come for where the soca party at? After every one soca [song] we getting 10 reggae and dancehall, now tell me what the heavens I doing here… this suppose to be soca night, give we what you promise nah," said one irate patron, whose comment was supported by several others around her.

On stage for just about one hour, was the real deal of soca entertainment, or so was expected. “The All Star Band backed the artistes including the sensation Tizzy, Orlando and Rupee was not too bad," said the woman.

"But we expected more. I still waiting to hear some of the latest soca hits, I guess I have to go home and bun my data and listen to them," chided in a man on the side.

He continued , "Well when you pay your hard earn dollar to buy fancy gears from head to toe and buy your ticket to come in here expecting sugar apple and get sour grapes with no possible refund, you just have to sour up your face eat and jump and wine like everybody else doing."

Notwithstanding the absence of many soca artistes, several Virgin Islands' artistes ensured that the crowd still got a dose of good music.

There were Deejays Millennium King, Burtram and Dre who were the go-between the likes of B'More, 2017 calypso Monarch Eustace "Boss" Freeman aka Colosso, Monae and Tino .

The final act that graced the stage was the duo from the United Virgin Islands (USVI), Rock City, who delivered an award-winning performance belting out many of their top songs and kept the crowd entertained to bring down the curtains on the evening's performances.

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