Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Pan Trinbago will host the first-ever Groovy Soca Steelband Competition on Carnival Monday (February 10) evening from 6:00 p.m. to 12 midnight.
The competition will see participating steelbands perform any original groovy soca composition at ninety (90) beats per minute. Bands must play the tune on the move for approximately four to six minutes. Each band will be entitled to perform with a supporting posse (non-playing) not exceeding 50 persons complete with flags, rags and banners.
Bands will be judged in two categories, Single Pan Bands with 20 players and Conventional Steelbands of 35 players minimum.
Competition venues are defined in regions as indicated – Northern Region from Phillip Street across Park Street, west along Independence Square, up Besson Street into Piccadilly Street, Port-of-Spain.
For the South/Central Region - from Standard Corner, Coffee Street, west along Coffee Street to WACK judging point on Carib Street, San Fernando. In Tobago, bands will proceed from Milford Road to judging points at the Esplanade in Scarborough. The East Region has decided to forgo the competition.
Judging points will be as follows:- North- City Hall, Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain and The Greens, Piccadilly Street, East River. South/Central will be WACK 90.1fm judging point, Carib Street, San Fernando and Tobago on the Esplanade, Scarborough, Tobago. Adjudicators will be selected by the Regional Committees.
A total of TT $150,000. is at stake in each of the three participating Regions.
Registration is at the venues on the day of the competition.
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Desk of Pan Trinbago