Mas­sive Crowd En­joys Heineken Green Syn­ergy Grande Fi­nale 2018!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Dee­jays at the 2018 Heineken Green Syn­ergy Fi­nals, def­i­nitely “brought it on” on Sun­day Septem­ber 23, as they cre­ated an elec­tri­fy­ing at­mos­phere, en­ter­tain­ing the mas­sive crowd that turned out for the event.

The com­pe­ti­tion was held within the rus­tic am­bi­ence of the Fond D’or Her­itage Park in Den­nery. There, not only did or­gan­is­ers “am­plify the beat” they also upped the ante of dé­cor and pre­sen­ta­tion with at­trac­tive photo booths, sam­pling sta­tions, huge screens for view­ing op­tions as well as the sig­na­ture dec­o­ra­tive, red Heineken star.

Shortly af­ter 5 p.m. the MCs for the evening— Don­erville from Saint Lu­cia and Patrick “the Hype Man” from Trinidad & Tobago—took to the stage, wel­com­ing pa­trons to the Heineken Green Syn­ergy “bat­tle royale”.

The first DJ in the Skills com­po­nent was Fu­sion­ist Ata, a con­sis­tent com­peti­tor over the past few years. A new com­po­nent of the event this year was fea­tur­ing live per­form­ers and Fu­sion­ist Alta’s was in­spi­ra­tional Reg­gae singer, Maxwell.

X-Fac­tor, the de­fend­ing Skills cham­pion, blended his skills and tricks set with a per­for­mance by Den­nery Seg­ment artiste Freezy, while new­comer DJ Snow en­gaged the au­di­ence with vo­cal­ist and sax­o­phon­ist Rashaad.

DJ Cue, who is a sec­ond­time Heineken Green Syn­ergy fi­nal­ist, was able to thrill the au­di­ence with his dancers and his over­all stage per­for­mance, while Kerbz Extatic and DJ Omega per­formed with Yung Homie and Groovy King Arthur re­spec­tively.

New­com­ers DJ Vaze and DJ Coolie pre­sented Ezra “daFunMa­chine” and Pros­pere re­spec­tively dur­ing their sets, and for­mer champ Swall-I’s per­former of choice was soca artiste Im­ran Nerdy.

Den­nery Seg­ment artistes Fast Lane & Pablo came up in the mix for DJ Nedely while skills DJ and an­other for­mer cham­pion, DJ T-Boog, wrapped things up with a per­for­mance by fe­male soca star Sergie.

Ahead of the sec­ond seg­ment—the Clash Com­pe­ti­tion, the large and an­i­mated crowd was en­ter­tained by Mix Mas­ter Pauly of St. Maarten, a for­mer Re­gional Heineken Green Syn­ergy Cham­pion, as well as DJ Watty from Trinidad and Tobago.

In the Clash seg­ment, the first bat­tle fea­tured Star Run It Red vs DJ Wayne with Wayne emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous. The sec­ond clash saw DJ Ru­fus de­feat­ing DJ Shabba, while Hot Skull En­ter­tain­ment won over DJ Deal, DJ Ropey over DJ Erv and Twinz of Twinz over DJ Le­gend. The five win­ners plus last year’s cham­pion Kerbz Extatic, were then paired for the next round. Kerbz, who came up against DJ Hot Skull, won that round; Twinz of Twinz won over Ru­fus and Wayne over Ropey.

The three win­ners plus the best loser then clashed, with Twinz of Twinz and Kerbz Extatic mak­ing it through to the fi­nal round. At this stage the DJs were thrown sur­prise gen­res and artistes of choice by the re­spec­tive judges, a re­fresh­ing and wel­come ad­di­tion to the event.

With the crowd by then fully en­thralled with the Clash, Kerbz Extatic was able to wow them as well as the judges to take home the win over Twinz of Twinz who put on a valiant fight.

So, in the end, the Clash win­ner for the sec­ond straight year at the Heineken Green Syn­ergy fi­nals is Kerbz Ec­static with a prize of EC$8,000.

Sec­ond place Clash win­ners are Twinz of Twinz. And, also re­tain­ing his ti­tle in the Skills seg­ment and walk­ing away with EC$18,000 in cash and prizes is X-Fac­tor. The sec­ond place Skills DJ is DJ Cue.

On the night, or­gan­is­ers pre­sented tro­phies to win­ners as well as plaques to par­tic­i­pat­ing DJs and MCs. Spe­cial recog­ni­tion tro­phies were pre­sented to Star Run It Red for ten years’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in Green Syn­ergy and to head judge Toni Ni­cholas for fif­teen years of ser­vice to the com­pe­ti­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Mindy- Luquiana Chicot, Brand Man­ager at WLBL, the com­pe­ti­tion this year hit a de­vel­op­ment mile­stone and this was ex­hib­ited in the mu­si­cal sets of the DJs. “Ev­ery year we are tasked with the chal­lenge to in­no­vate and grow the event and we are elated to have ac­com­plished this with the ad­di­tion of the live per­for­mance el­e­ment which re­ally pushed the DJs to be more cre­ative. Af­ter fif­teen years we are hum­bled by the con­tin­ued sup­port for the event,” she said.

The 2018 Heineken Green Syn­ergy fi­nals, which was pow­ered by FLOW 4G LTE and Coco Palm, was the fif­teenth in what is now the long­est run­ning DJ com­pe­ti­tion of its kind in the re­gion.

WLBL con­grat­u­lates the win­ners and thanks all the par­tic­i­pat­ing DJs, MCs and Heineken Green Syn­ergy’s loyal pa­trons.

Clash duo Twinz of Twinz could not com­pete with the smiles of Chicot and the Heineken ladies.

WLBL’s Brand Man­ager Mindy-Luquiana Chicot (left) Clash Cham­pion Kerbz Ec­static.

Heineken Green Syn­ergy 2018 Skills Cham­pion X fac­tor (mid­dle) and his MC re­ceiv­ing the prize from Chicot.

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