New Wave ‘Block Party’ returns with a bang
Event and digital media platform New Wave, in collaboration with Di Lot, hosted the return of 'Block Party' on Sunday.
Coming off of a two-year hiatus post-COVID, New Wave has been slowly rebuilding momentum with a series of one-off, pop-up events. But Sunday marked the return of the brand's flagship event, 'Block Party'. Executed as a mini festival of art, food, music and good energy, the event celebrated these cultural pillars of Jamaica, all in one space.
"It was such a joy to finally be able to bring Block Party back! After two long years of restrictions and pent-up energy and creativity, it really was such a moment of gratitude to finally be able to bring this experience back and to curate a space for our creative and cultural communities that can really bring us all together," shared Lindsey Lodenquai, director of New Wave Jamaica.
The return of the event saw Di Lot transformed into a 360-degree experience for the festival. DJs Brush 1 the Road Marshal, Bloodline Franco, Heatwave Fatalic, Laing D, Fyahmatic and Circa Fatman kept the crowd moving all night, with a surprise appearance from popular dancehall dancer Energy and the Get There Squad that got the crowd moving in unison to the latest dances. The night also featured vendors Bumble Beauty, Rachael Lane and Braata Box with their Jamaican-made products on display for patrons to browse and purchase. The experience was topped off by an exhibition from local visual artist Joshua Solas, also known as 'Solas Ink'.
"Di Lot was really an ideal venue for the return of Block Party. The concept of Block Party is really rooted in combining several different experiences cohesively into one space, all celebrating some special aspect of our vibrant culture," Lodenquai said. "We're really just always so grateful and blown away by the support that our ever-growing New Wave community has for everything we do, and that's a big part of what pushes us to continue to think bigger."
"We at Di Lot felt that collaborating on this event was a perfect synergy for us. The energy, the vibe, the people, New Wave brings the ideal audience and experience to our space and it's a joy to be part of an event where people can come and really enjoy themselves, while celebrating our culture and what makes us unique. We're looking forward to working more with the New Wave family in the future," Craig Phang Sang, owner of Di Lot, said.