This is a photo I took on my phone from of Saturday night’s Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project —> Jamaica meets London.
Whoever came up with this Exchange idea deserves a medal. While I was dancing away and singing along (badly) to Ms Dynamite, it made me feel all warm to think that simultaneously there are unique parties going on in 50 other countries around the world. New Year’s Eve - eat your heart out, this was way better.
The UK did very well - there ain’t no party like a Kingston party…. The line up was wicked and the carnival procession whipped everyone into a dancing frenzy (or maybe it was Toddla T’s DJ set - hard to tell).
I had the pleasure of meeting (the very smily, tall and chatty) Professor Green as well as speak to the legendary Jolly Boys and Jamaican dancehall talent Assasin. The whole event was incredible and perfect for people, like me, who get easily board and have high standards for gigs.
The line up was off-the-richter-scale, my favourite point in the evening was when Ms Dynamite, The Jolly Boys and Assasin got together to sing One Love. As well as the music, I distinctly remember there being dominos that you could play and Facebook keys that meant photos where uploaded straight to your page every time you flashed it in front of a lens - the attention was in the detail at this event. Weirdly - I later ended up sharing a taxi with the inventors of the Facebook key and it turns out the company behind it is Fish Technology - I also remember saying 'thank you my fishy friends' as I got out of the taxi, which would not be my normal line to two respectable and intelligent technology executives… ahh well - I blame the Jamaican inspired cocktails for that.
As with all good parties the VIP area was the ultimate look over your shoulder affair, these are the people I spotted while waiting for my friend to come back from the loo -> Labrinth, Sway, Francie Boulle (Made in Chelsea), Kaya Scodelario (Skins), Peri Sinclair (TOWIE!!!!) - which is pretty good stats for 5 minute look about.
It was a fun night, really this video sums it up.
Loads of people on their twitter hashtag too —> #SmirnoffXchange