Hello! You ready? We ready, we ready, we ready for the roooad! It’s time to hit the road to Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in Priory, St Ann where Bacchanal Jamaica will host the annual fete of fetes – Beach J’ouvert – on Saturday 31 March.

All is in readiness for the party. The venue is being prepared for the comfort of all revelers to facilitate easy access to food and drink. The stage is being strategically placed to give all fans a good view of the acts no matter where they are in the venue. There will be ample parking on the venue to accommodate all who plan to drive. The paint is in hand and the hoses for water are all in good working condition. This information was shared by Michael McMorris, Bacchanal Jamaica director.

And, as for the vibes? Patrick the Hype Man, who had the fans at Rum for Breakfast refusing to go home, promises to raise the bar even higher for Beach J’ouvert. He will be working with DJs Lantern, Nicco and Tyler all experienced soca spinners and who know just how to provide the rhythms to keep the fans dancing and gyrating. “Our lead act is Kes the Band. They never fail to excite the crowd,” says Nicholas Franklin.

This year Kes has one of the most popular songs for 2018 – “Hello”. It made waves even before carnival with some six million replays. It is a tribute to the culture of the ancestors – “Folklore is tradition. Folklore is culture. Folklore is we!” – and is a soulful mix of the calypso rhythm with a modern feel and sound. 2018 has been good for Kes, as one fan puts it, “Every song this man bring out for 2018 bad”!

“This is a premium drink inclusive event which means our bars will be stocked with the best. We do however remind the public that Beach J’ouvert is 18 and over and we want everyone to have fun, but remember to drink and enjoy responsibly.  As usual there is a paint free zone for those patrons who wish to enjoy the revelery of the paint mas vicariously and we urge our painted revelers to respect their wishes as we want all patrons to get the best from this party”, commented Michael Ammar 3rd.

Shuttles are being offered by RunPal Express and AI limited to ensure that patrons don’t have to worry about driving to and from the event.  “This means party all the way to the venue and back and first class treatment all the way”, commented Leighton Facey of AI Limited. 

Tickets are available at Ammar’s, Pita Grill, Mas Camp, Tutti Frutti (Manor Centre, Barbican and Sovereign), Genus Pharmacy and Signature Style (central Plaza). Ticket outlets in Ocho Rios are General Foods and Johncrows Tavern.  General admission costs $7,500 pre-sold and $9,000 at the gate; VIP $12,000 pre-sold and $14,000 at the gate. For further information visit www.bacchanaljamaica.com.