Pan Trinbago will host the first ever Groovy Soca Steelband competition on Carnival Monday from 6 p.m. to midnight.
The competition will see participating steelbands perform any original groovy soca composition at 90 beats per minute. Bands must play the tune on the move for approximately four to six minutes. Each band will be entitled to perform with a supporting posse (non-playing) not exceeding 50 persons complete with flags, rags and banners.
Bands will be judged in two categories—Single Pan Bands with 20 players, and Conventional Medium Steelbands of 35 players minimum.
Competition venues are defined in regions: Northern Region from Phillip Street across Park Street, west along Independence Square, up Besson Street into Piccadilly Street. In South/Central, from Standard Corner, Coffee Street, west along Coffee Street to WACK judging point on Carib Street. In Tobago, bands will proceed from Milford Road to judging points at the Esplanade. East has decided to forgo the competition.
Judging points will be as follows: North- City Hall, Frederick Street, Port of Spain, and The Greens, Piccadilly Street, East Dry River. South/Central will be WACK 90.1fm judging point, Carib Street, San Fernando, and Tobago on the Esplanade, Scarborough, Tobago.
Adjudicators will be selected by the regional committees. A total of $150,000 is at stake in each of the three regions. Registration is at the venue on the day of the competition.