The south was calling this weekend as the Air Committee hosted their Out In South Cooler Fete on Friday 15th. The evening was abuzz with excitement as the crowd lined the streets to the venue at the Southern Academy of the Performing Arts (SAPA).
This was the third Out In South event to be hosted by the Air Committee, and the SAPA Car Park was transformed into an amazing venue, that grabbed the attention of the 4000 plus patrons that walked through the gates. Cranes, pyrotechnics, dancing girls, you name it, the South had it.
Parking was easy for those that ventured out to San Fernando , with the neighbouring Skinner Park grounds being utilised to great effect. There was ample security with regular patrols, making patrons feel safe before they set foot into the venue.
Inside the many sponsors of the event had their elaborate booths giving away promotional goodies and keeping one moving from one area to the next to see what was to offer. At 10pm the DJs hit the stage and enticed the scene. DJ Lord Hype, DJ Private Ryan, DJ Ultra Simmo and others, kept the crowd moving and in a zone until the performers came out to blow everyone away.
The line up at Out In South was spectacular. The likes of Preedy, Ravi B and Shal Marshall, graced the stage with their presence, delivering fantastic performances. There was more to come as 5 Star Akil, Olatunji and Salty got in on the action. And when one thought that that was enough many other artists that weren’t carded to perform decided to make partake in the festivities with small cameos. These included Alison Hinds, Dawg E Slaughter and Orlando Octave, all showcasing their variety in delivering their own songs as well as free styling to the beat.
And speaking of freestyle. The Viking King and Queen themselves, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons finished off the show. Breaking out onto the stage with lyrics that grabbed your attention, Bunji and Fay-Ann stole the show, turning SAPA into their own personal workout session. They had the crowd jumping and bubbling to their every rhyme and song, both the old and the new.
Finally, as the event closed off at 4:00am, it became ever more tangible that Carnival was almost upon us as the Siparia Rhythm Section, like a pied piper, lead the crowd out of the SAPA car park to the beat of the drum as if it were J’ouvert morning.
“It was real good! As it is every year!” said one satisfied patron, “I’ve been coming here every since they had the event for the first time”
“It’s just getting better and better, I really enjoyed myself like always” said another.
“This is the first time I’ve come to this event and I really had a time. It was bess and I’m definitely coming back next year”
Out In South and the Air Committee seems to have done it once again with the crowd enjoying their experience. Patrons are looking forward to the Committee’s next event.