Carnival Cups took place on 29th January at The Anchorage. It was my first time attending this cooler fete, so this one was a new experience.
Price ($250) – $250 for a cooler fete? Where do I sign up? All jokes aside, with the cost of feting sprinting upwards (see Soaka), finding a cooler fete for under $300 was a pleasant surprise. Let’s see if this holds over to next year. (4 out of 5).
Music – There were a couple of live performances by Preedy and 5 Star Akil. Otherwise, this was a DJ-driven fete. The DJ’s were on point though, and kept the crowd moving well enough. Jugglers, Nuphoric and DJ Adam all maintained their usual standards. (4 out of 5).
Bar – There was a fully stocked bar available, carrying all the usual staples: JWB, White Oak, Puncheon, beers, chaser. Nothing special there. The shot specials being offered by the Jose Cuervo and Smirnoff girls were a nice touch, and helps to bump this score to slightly above average. (3.5 out of 5).
Food – Free doubles and corn soup have now become a staple at these events. Both were passable, though they didn’t help ward off the effects of the vodka sour shots. (Seriously, what is it about vodka sour shots?) (3 out of 5).
Amenities – Anchorage hasn’t changed in the near 5 years since I last attended an event there. That statement goes for better or worst with regards to the facilities. Credit goes to the staff for keeping the bathrooms clean all through the night. (3 out of 5).
Location – Not much was done to spruce up the Anchorage. The same comment that applied to the amenities can apply here. There is one notable though. I found that the sea could give off a gawd-awful smell on occasion. The liquor soon took care of that problem but still, wow… (3 out of 5).
Experience – There was a decent-sized crowd. And the crowd did have vibes. The question I am still struggling to answer, is exactly what kind of vibe was it? The crowd was more laid back and relaxed than hyped, giving the fete more of a lime-atmosphere. It was cool, but can both work for and against the fete. If you like your fetes more “chillaxed”, then this is the one for you. If you live for the hype, on the other hand, you may find yourself wondering if the money was worth it. (3 out of 5).
THE POST MORTEM:
In my humble opinion, Cups was a fete of untapped potential. The strong DJ line up and low price point should make this fete a must attend next year. In theory. However, something kept this from being an epic event, and I cannot quite put my finger on what it is. This was a good fete. And that is the problem. There are already several great fetes on the calendar. For now, I’m rating this one as average. You honestly can’t go wrong with $250 for a cooler fete, but even at that price, and with all that they offer, you sense that they could do something more.
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5…