Thousands of music lovers assembled at O2 Park in Chaguaramas on Monday night, as WETT Republic hosted the latest stop on Major Lazer’s “Free The Universe” World Tour. The team of popular DJs, includes Trinidad’s own Chris “Jillionaire” Leacock and has been making waves around the globe with their Caribbean-centric dance remixes, unpredictable all inclusive playlists and fun-loaded performances.
Their first show together in Trinidad proved to be a major success as fun-loving patrons from all sectors of society gathered to enjoy a ‘Jouvert-esque’ early morning rave from midnight to 7 a.m. Among the many highlights and attractions were: state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, dozens of high definition plasma screens, a bevy of beverages, snacks, treats and portable fun toys, in addition to a who’s-who list of guest and surprise performers and DJs.
Recent Major Lazer collaborators, Ian “Bunji Garlin” Alvarez and reigning Soca Monarch, Machel Montano also performed briefly with the trio in the wee hours of Tuesday morning at separate times in their set. Garlin complained of and appeared to be suffering from a sore throat/hoarse voice, but still delivered his trademark freestyle chant in between songs compelling the crowd to applaud his recent Soul Train Award Nomination. The four-time Soca Monarch also shocked the audience when he congratulated Montano on his nomination as well. He said: “Now allyuh know Mr Montano and I have not been seeing eye to eye for a number of years... But I am a big man and I give credit where credit is due. So I would like to congratulate Machel on his Soul Train Nomination as well!”
On hearing the statement, Montano, who was at the side of the stage interacting with his fans, flicked his lighter alight and held it up in the air while shouting: “That’s wha we sayin! That’s wha we talkin bout!”
During his brief performance, Montano performed the Major Lazer and Grand Theft remix of his Soca Monarch winner, “The Fog” and also previewed a new song he recorded with Major Lazer. Throughout the night, the entertainment was constant and this event made parking on the Chaguaramas peninsula a prime commodity. As night turned to day, Junior Sammy’s water trucks sprayed the weariness away with gallons of water, much to the delight of the restless party animals who remained there until the very end.