Good and bad of Bliss
by NATANGA SMITH
Esquire Entertainment has gotten some negative reviews on their Crop Over event Bliss held last week. Patrons vented about what they said was a poor park and ride system, long lines for food and drink, and dismal bathroom facilities.
The team, which is celebrating ten years of Bliss, apologised to their patrons first onstage at the event, then afterwards on Facebook.
The team further reached out to WEEKEND BUZZ with another apology: “We apologise for the park and ride system. We will be rectifying that in our upcoming events. It was an internal matter. The buck stops with us. We will fix it.”
This is about my experiences as a media person covering the event.
Negative: The park and ride was a logistical nightmare. Based on the rain the party was pushed back from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. We were stuck in a line from Redmans Village and only got to the event the time we did because we diverted via Holetown. The lines were very long at the parking location.
Luckily for us we were in a marked media vehicle and were allowed to park at Apes Hill Plantation. Unluckily for paying patrons, they had to park on the highway after the parking site was closed because the rain had made the area unstable for vehicles. Then those who knew the “secret” location tried to make their way into Apes Hill Plantation, further hampering the shuttles which had legitimate claims to be on that road.
Some of the reviewers on Facebook said they had no problem with the park and ride as they got there early enough. They also had no issue with food and drink. Those who got to the location after 7 p.m. would have encountered the park and ride issue.
My honest take on the event was that it was a well-attended and enjoyable event. I had enough food (lobster, KFC, rabbit and so on) and drink as there were tents strategically placed around the venue. If you got to one and encountered a long line, you had options.
There were cooling fans and water stations for when you got too hot. Rain, which abated and hour before the doors opened, had made the ground was soggy. But patrons who wore flats were not hampered.
The dance floor was packed but the spacious grounds had ample room. Large tents and cabanas provided shelter from the on-and-off-again drizzles.
The ladies and men were on top of their fashion game and the live performances of Stiffy, King Bubba FM and Marvay blended with the DJ music.
At 10:15 p.m. people were still coming through the doors (I heard it was still a park and ride issue) and would have gotten a little of the ambiance as the show closed off at midnight. (NS)
The ladies fashion game was on point. (Pictures by Nigel Browne.)
The fireworks illuminated the sky and went on for six minutes.
The dance floor was packed.
She repping her Bajan flag.