byTATIANA SY < @TatianaSy_ >
Consider this a confirmation that nobody disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle this past weekend!
From the moment Bacardi announced the #BacardiTriangle concept, there has been a healthy combination of enthusiasm and sheer bafflement that lasted well into everyone’s arrival on the island. 1862 lucky people flew on one of three chartered planes to Puerto Rico, checked into the Waldorf Astoria’s massive property in Fajardo, and were encouraged to imbibe poolside… gratis. The second the New York charter started reading off the cocktail menu at 7am to the minute we received maps laying out all of the pools and hot tubs, there was a pretty consistent air of This is insane.
The weekend’s poolside lineup included gems like Sinden, Jacques Renault, and Jubilee. The first evening was riddled with jetlagged travelers looking for a pick me up and Tensnake was definitely up for the task. Once "Coma Cat" blasted through the main pool area, people started to really embrace the weekend.
On the final night, everyone boarded ferries to the privately owned Palomino Island to see Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar, and Calvin Harris bring the extravagant affair to a close. Ellie confirmed this as her last gig for a while as she is currently working on her next album. There are no further details at this point beyond her enthusiasm to have new material. Her diverse taste translates well on stage as she smoothly navigated reggae-influenced tracks like "Burn" to big tent EDM staples like "I Need Your Love".
The moment Kendrick Lamar arrived to Puerto Rico was apparent as TDE brought the good vibes everywhere they went. Their camaraderie on stage compliments an already undeniable Kendrick. His set was seamless from when his engineer and DJ, Ali delivered a hard hitting hip-hop and electronic warm up to when he brought Jay Rock out to perform their new release "Pay For It".
Calvin Harris pulled out his classic stops for the end of the night with fireworks and big tunes ranging from his own "Summer" to Route 94’s "My Love".
Overall, Bacardi Triangle was an incredibly unique contribution to increasingly popular immersive music and travel experiences (i.e. Holy Ship) and it was one crazy way to spend Halloween. It will be interesting to see how their future lineups will evolve and diversify. From the sounds of it at the media briefing, Bacardi already has big plans for their next party. Count us in.