17th August 2012, St. John’s Antigua- With Carnival fever still rife in the air, party lovers gathered at the decaying former BBC offices for a post-Carnival fete that was far from old. Put simply, “we come to fete” was epic, a word interpreted by today’s youth to mean extremely awesome.
Average age 25, those who came to fete partied like there was “no tomorrow” and what a way to end Carnival, just the way it started, with fetes.
The event, an all inclusive drinks party was organised by a group of energetic young men and women under the name WCF Promotions. They’ve been hosting the event for a number of years and according to one regular “be it rain, storm or hurricane” the event is always good.
The local was a bit “different” to put it lightly. The old relay centre of the BBC is not exactly where one thinks about when it comes to a party. However, organisers transformed the venue, complete with a porsche VIP section, guard rails on entrance, no less that three premium bars, and a dance floor smack-dab in the centre. The sound that emanated from the site was not world news but world beats fuelled by Trinidadian DJ Private Ryan.
Ryan performed at other events here during the Carnival, but on Saturday he was at his best; mixing local favourites with Caribbean “riddims” and international hits. The DeeJay even managed to put the reigning party monarch Tian Winter in the shadows and Ricardo Drue who also performed that night, did not match.
We come to fete ended just before sunrise on Sunday and for patrons that was the only complaint, they wanted to fete till the sunrise. The event went on with the threat of rain but without a hitch. Surely if any other activity took place that weekend, it went unnoticed as the estimated 3,000 people who attended the fete left thoroughly satisfied.