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First EDM music festival ends on high note

Over 1,000 visitors from Canada and the US decended on Barbados for five-days of non-stop partying and activity at the first ever Vujaday Music Festival – an exposition of house and electronic dance music.

The festival, which ran from April 4 – 8, was held at six unique locations across the island: Nikki Beach in St Peter, Bellevue Plantation and Pirate’s Cove Bay in St Michael, the Tiki Bar in Christ Church, Cornwall House in Bathsheba, St Joseph, before closing off with non-stop partying and endless vibes at the Copacabana Bar & Grill. The festival featured over 20 electronic dance and house deejays from across the world; some coming from as far as Berlin and Italy.

Hundreds gathered at the picturesque Bay Street, St Michael beachfront for more than twelve hours of raving with a dynamic and eclectic grouping of international and local deejays.

The line-up included WtNy from Toronto and DJ D.Luxe from Barbados who led the afternoon session. Patrons also jived and danced well into four in the morning, to the infectious sounds of house music by All Day I Dream founder  Lee Burridge, Brooklyn-based duo Bedouin, Dj Tennis, Italian electronic deejay Francesca Lombardo and Ibiza party must have – Salome.

Organiser Joel Syme described the five-day festival as a roaring success and says there are plans to bring Vujaday Music Festival back to Barbados next year.

“Next year expect more people, more product and more support locally,” Syme promised.

Acknowledging that the house and EDM styles were unfamiliar on the island, Syme indicated that the music festival sought to introduce the genre to locals as well as showcase the beats and rhythms of house music.

“It’s about celebration, it’s about culture and that is what we bring to Barbados,” Syme noted.

Managing Director of A&B Supplies, Norman Barrow, who has been collaborating with the Vujaday team, indicated that he hoped that the festival would expand internationally in the future.

“I didn’t know too much about this house music before, but now I can see it is a whole separate culture and there are many people that follow this music and just want to enjoy themselves,” said Barrow. 

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