Major Lazer and friends boasts the largest annual convergence of EDM, Dancehall, Reggae and Soca lovers in Jamaica. A melding of music and demography under the celebration said music and the unity that comes from it. The sheer size of the audience was a telltale sign of the different sides of society that had to come together. Pulling up at the mas camp venue the pandemonium was apparent in the parking lot, as the crowds funneled through the entrance, the awe never really takes you until you enter venue and behold the sea.
From the baby to the elder and everyone in between, there were people of all ages present. The feat that’s worth commendation is the segmenting of the audience based on age, using bands that informed whether persons were old enough to drink. This opens the event to perhaps the widest of audiences, from parents and maybe even grandparents who have fond memories of their raving days, to their teenage children and even the young adult millennials who make a yearly tradition of the event. With a very high production value, the Lazers and their friends utilized such attractions as audio visual presentations, smoke, coordinated lighting, fire, bubble ball etc. If you managed to make it this year, chances are you had a full experience but a few things certainly stood out. So here are seven things you noticed if you attended Major Lazer and friends 2016
-An abundance of girls in booty shorts. It had me wondering if there was some kind of memo sent out about the dress code for ladies. I mean last year had its fair share, but this year had whole new levels. Just to be clear this is more of an observation than a complaint.
This was a hit among both ladies and gents, it appears to be just a general trend.
unfolding. More than anything else, this concert had huge media coverage from just the fans. Everyone was at it capturing their top moments, trying to get the right angles.
The event wasn’t just full experience, there were steps in place to ensure that it was captured in an equally epic magnitude. From flying camera drones to sliding rigs, we can all look forward to some wicked memories on footage.
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People who cannot hold their liquor.
As early as 10pm you could see some people tapping out, trying to sober up with water or food.
After firing up the crowd with a tight set and a surprise performance from cinematographer turned rapper Baker Steez, Chromatic was about to let dancehall icon Ding Dong loose on stage right before their set was cut. For reasons still unconfirmed, the promoters had them exit the stage, which definitely killed the vibe they had going.
Luckily Major Lazer revived it with their fire performance. I mean quite literally, they had fire on stage. From their high energy dancers, to their guests like Protoje, Chronixx, Richie Stephens and Garnet Jr(sons of the late great Garnet Silk). Perhaps the most anticipated of their guests was PartyNextDoor, a Jamaican born Canadian sensation performing for the first time here in JA. To his delight he was also joined on stage by Popcaan, the unruly boss himself. It was a fitting way to end a grand showing of music.