It’s that time of year again when Cup Match fever sets in, as we look ahead to the annual two-day classic to be held at the Somerset Cricket Club this year.
As the popular soca song goes: “It’s Cup Match Time in Bermuda!” And this year, unlike many others, this year saw the return of CultureShock 18 – celebrating their 25th anniversary.
The show, held at Snorkel Park on July 7th was way beyond belief!
First of all the sound system was on point and off the chain!
Then there was the local line up of star-studded artists representing Bermuda’s best, back by none other than the DIA Band, and they too were slamming!
It was clear early in the day, from the set up, to the sound check around 4pm, that this massive crew pulled together to put on this show were tight.
In hindsight, CultureShock founder Keith Simmons said: “It was a great success because Bermuda was ready for a good concert.
“The way the patrons responded and the way they enjoyed themselves, I’ve never seen so many people never stop dancing from start to finish.
“Every artist gave 100 percent – especially the local artists. They were top quality and held their own – I was highly impressed!”
And he’s absolutely right!
As far as this reggae music fan is concerned, the local acts could have stood on any international stage line up all by themselves. And that’s not to take anything away from the international acts.
And on top of that, this was a show that last way into the wee hours until nearly 4am finishing up with the top billed performance by Popcaan.
In hindsight, the final tally shows roughly 3,000 on the gate count, as thousands flocked to the west end that night, for a show that was jammed packed and air tight!
From start to finish with the line up of local DJs on lock to greet the crowds when the gate opened at 7pm th rough to 10pm when DIA Band took the stage to lead off the local acts, right through to the final act – this show was one not to be forgotten.
And we’re told that even when it was over, it wasn’t over for the VIP crew who sat in until way after 8am the morning after.
After 25 years doing what he does best, Mr Simmons admitted that he was “concerned about the numbers going into this event”.
“Judging on my past experience as our island wasn’t in a peaceful place … but this time around, I felt something different in the air. And it was time to unite the youth through music.
“It was a great success we had at least 3000 patrons who attended.”
On that note, he said: “This was a great moment … not just for us, but to see youth enjoy themselves at an incident-free event.
“There was not one complaint – nothing but positive feedback and wanting more,” he said.
“They danced until 3:40am!
“So im encouraged to continue this movement trying to bridge the gap. We need more CultureShock, and I’m sure they will say the same thing.”