Vujaday Closes Out Successful Debut In Barbados With Justin Martin, Green Velvet, Lee Burridge, Cassy, DJ Tennis And More
During the week of April 4-8, the breathtaking 21-mile-long Caribbean island of Barbados experienced something completely new—the house and techno driven Vujaday Music Festival. Taking place across six picturesque venues situated all over the island, the weeklong dance marathon amassed over a thousand attendees during year one. Being a culture that is better known for its soca, calypso and reggae music, icons of the house and techno underground converged on the tiny island and established a new subculture that was beloved by locals and visitors alike.
The festival kicked off on April 4th at the picturesque beachside venue Pirate’s Cove where festival-goers worked out their calves while dancing in the sand. The event included a wild B2B set from Latmun and Solardo, who warmed up the crown in advance of Dirtybird favorite Justin Martin, Chicago house and techno legend Green Velvet and Toronto resident and Hot Creations signee Nathan Barato.
The energy escalated into day two as attendees spent the festival at the resplendent Bellevue Plantation Estate. Built in 1735, the verdant 100-acre property was one of the first plantations on the island and has since become an ideal location for weddings, yoga retreats, polo matches and now—music festivals. Complete with pool and bougainvillea, coconut, and mahogany trees, you may even catch a glimpse of wild monkeys bouncing in the canopy. Bellevue experienced a Crew Love takeover that included The Fitness & Pony, Nick Monaco, Wolf + Lamb, Lonely C (Soul Clap) and more.
Day three took attendees back to the sand at the Copacabana, along with an exclusive VIP party at Nikki Beach Barbados earlier in the day. Copacabana saw acts such as the inimitable Lee Reynolds and Mikey Lionof Desert Hearts, Vienna based DJ Cassy, the legendary Mark Knight, and 3D (Dave Seaman, Darren Emerson, Danny Howells) closing out the night together.
Bellevue Plantation felt hard to top until arriving at Cornwall House for day four as picturesque vistas of sea and jungle made for a stunning backdrop to the festival. The day offered another solid set of house, techno and disco artists such as Lauren Lane, YokoO, Nitin, Lee Foss, and Behrouz. The night finished with a sherbet sunrise which bleary-eyed onlookers enjoyed from the bluff.
The final day returned to Copacabana and closed out the weekend with an onslaught of pulse-quickening sets. Providing attendees with their final dose of house music before resuming their regular lives was San Francisco based house DJ atish, Italian sensation Francesca Lombardo, All Day I Dream founder Lee Burridge, a crowd-pleasing concluding set from DJ Tennis and more.
Additional venues include Bellevue Plantation, which was built in 1735 and features spacious grounds, a large swimming pool, a beautiful bar area, and lush gardens surrounding the property. Finally we have Copacabana, which features beach chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, a stage on the beach, and an epic dance floor.
Vujaday Music Festival would like to thank everyone who made it out to Barbados for the inaugural adventure. Keep your eyes peeled for more news from the Vujaday team as they continue to grow and plan for future events. Rest assured, they are only just getting started.
Vujaday would like to thank their sponsors on the festival: BTMI, Sun Group Inc, Bryden Stokes (Grey Goose, SKYY, Dewar’s), Mount Gay Distilleries / Remy Cointreau (Mount Gay, Remy Martin, Luc Belaire), Banks Breweries (Banks Beer), and Island Ice Limited.
Vujaday also sends a big shout out to Permanent Vacation, Dr, Linhart, BN3TH, PKG Shop, and Valia Gabriel for the amazing gifts they provided to guests and artists that performed at the festival.