Far from being a magical experience, Pandora’s…Magic City All Girls party felt more like a technically competent fete. It was as if we had been promised a trip to Paris, Barcelona or even Emerald City but ended up in Singapore a nice destination but definitely not magical. Yet such is the soundness of the technical and engineering party model being employed by the Couture Elements Kru (Elements) that, here at PINK the feeling is that the issue is less about what went wrong with this party and more about what did not go right!
To be fair to the management of Elements, in just two short parties they have nailed down the art of developing a concept and a brand. From the moment one stepped through the doors of the location, it was evident that the intention of the management team was to provide an experience that was incomparable to anything ever seen on the local Rainbow circuit. The decor of the venue was high end, high quality, first world -if not other-worldly; without being gaudy, pretentious and vomit inspiring. It was very clear that the party organizers sought to strike a fine balance between recreating the Avatar theme whilst giving off a club vibe. This they achieved as the decor did not over-power and more importantly- did what they were expected to do which is set a mood. Furthermore, the Lights show and the smoke machine helped to enhance the club vibe and completed the effect of recreating the Planet Pandora.
Yet even though we are into the third paragraph, we cannot get over the decor. The party organizer’s were so meticulous with space planning that the bar rather than being in an awkward and Back-o-Wall position, as we have grown accustomed to, was placed within easy reach of spacious and relatively clean bathrooms. Now anyone who has anything to do with the ladies must know that clean, well located bathrooms are an organizational necessity when planning any event in which they are being catered to. Simply put ladies do not have the luxury of equipment that facilitates the art of Zip And Fly.
Notably, whilst we were impressed with the location of the DJ station what wowed us, was the fact that even though there were two dance floors the music flowed seamlessly. No one at the party could complain that one dance floor was the poor relation of the other. The acoustics on both dance-floors was excellent. However, dance floor number two owing to the fact that it had lounge chairs et al lent it self to more of a loungy, relaxed vibe whilst dance-floor number one had a higher energy.
It is a distinct possibility that the reason the party missed the mark was owing to two reasons, namely:
- A technically weak DJ
- One too many dance floors
In dealing with the first matter! This fete illustrates that the key ingredient to a having a good party is DJ quality. It does not matter how good the location, the quality of the decor, or even the acoustics of the venue what is important is the music. The DJ at this event, requires much practice as on the one hand her song selections were excellent but the switch between musical genres was choppy at best and terrible in the main. In fact if playing a song too long was a crime, this DJ was a repeat offender.
The two dance floors scenario would have worked better if there were more persons to populate them. As it were, there was simply too much space making it impossible to Build A Vibes. Indeed the high point of the evening was the several paparazzi shots of persons in attendance and not the actual dancing.
This party was an eye opener and a lesson for us here at PINK. In the first instance we arrived at the event at approximately 2:50 a.m. If this were an average Rainbow event catering to men this would be a good time to arrive. However, owing to security considerations, women have been and are socialized to leave home and return early. This we admit may have negatively influenced our assessment of the vibe level in relation to the population on the dance floor. Moreover, we missed the performance by Neyritiri which we have been advised by several of the persons in attendance as being simply off the chain.
Judging from the beauty of the women we saw in attendance, PINK has begun to realize why so many persons in hetero-society are so cross as of late. Quite frankly, the women were of the quality that only a gay man can appreciate and another lady could show love.
We recommend to the party promoters that that they keep their focus on the ladies i.e. maintain their NO MEN POLICY. Yes we recognize that the argument for this position is that some elements within the community are perpetrators of violence at Rainbow events. However, the finer demand point is that the women, Element’s constituents, really just want a space free of men.