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Monday, August 24, 2009

Tribe UK launch 2009

Hi Saucy!
So Saturday night I went to the Tribe UK launch in London. Now I went to this event last year too and had a nice time, but I was vex registration was cancelled this year and so went to this event with a rather negative attitude. It was also on the same evening as a couple of other big soca events in London. However, I had a great night!

The venue was the Fire Station in Hammersmith, which was a nice enough venue (much better than last years venue), however I thought it was a shame it hadn't been decorated at all for the occasion. At one side of the main area, there was a TINY stage in front of the DJ.

When we arrived at around 9 pm, the venue was quite empty, but a lot more people than you would normally expect for that time in the evening! The reason for this is there was free food until 10. Now you know Trinis and free food... oh gosh. Hasan De Four (one of the best Caribbean cooks in the UK) was cooking BBQ chicken wings and pholourie, and when the trays of food came out, suddenly half the club was crowded around the tables. I didn't have the food but my friends tell me it was good! It was also a drinks all inclusive (rum, beer and vodka only) and the bar had been provided with Trinidadian rum, however the queues for the bar were pretty long! Needless to say, the free drinks soon took effect on the crowd and there were more drunken people there than I have seen in a long time!

So at about 10.30-10.45, with hardly any announcement the first costume suddenly appeared on stage. There were nine backlines (Osage, Lapis Lazuli, Zari, Charmeuse, Tyrian Purple, Xi Ling Shi, Habotai, Eri and Mulberry), no male costumes and no frontlines. Mystery of Loulan, Serica, Silk of Rajasthan and Threads of Morocco were not on display. Most of the models did a good job, except the woman modeling Tyrian Purple who looked like she was bored out of her mind. As soon as the costumes had gone off stage at about 11 pm, Iwer George appeared and did the shortest performance ever, he was on stage for about 20 minutes, a lot of it with a crazy woman from Couva who leapt on stage and was VERY drunk!

The rest of the evening was then spent dancing away until it finished at 2 am, quite an early finish, but given the drunken state of most of the people, probably quite a good idea!

In conclusion, a better venue this year which lead to better vibes, but last year's performances were far better. We did not get our money's worth for the performance, but we drank it instead! If Tribe hold this event next year I will definitely be going again!

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