Dandy Shandy to return to Miami’s Memorial Weekend line-up | Entertainment
Popular Florida-based event Dandy Shandy is ready to play with patrons after being off the calendar for over a year.
One of the party’s promoters, veteran selector Tarik ‘Jazzy T’ Thompson, told THE WEEKEND STAR that the team made a conscious decision to shelve all plans last year during the lockdown.
“Miami remained open to a point where we could have attempted to have the party in 2020 but in paying our duty as responsible citizens, it was decided we would put all our energy into planning for 2021. Safety comes first,” Jazzy T said.
The strictly ’90s to early 2000s-inspired outdoors event, which is held in Florida every Memorial Weekend in May, and Thanksgiving Weekend in November, usually attracts up to 2,000 patrons, and Jazzy T believes the US state is in great standing with many persons vaccinated.
“A lot of patrons, likewise promoters, are, as the saying goes, ‘ready like Freddy’, to experience our amazing event after being in lockdown, basically for over a year,” he said.
Jazzy T said that this year’s Dandy Shandy is conceptualised off of Jamaica’s Harbour View Drive-In, “in a fully spaced-out venue on the waterfront by the Rickenbacker Causeway.”
“We have included two types of cabanas, the ‘Ah My Place’ for six persons and the ‘Tek Weh Yuhself’ for 10 persons, for those patrons who want to be extra careful and stay within their bubbles. Mask wearing is still a recommended protocol and there will be sanitising stations across the venue at the entrance and at the bar,” Jazzy T said.
Since the event’s inception in 2013, the Dandy Shandy team, comprised of popular Miami promoters Tagyei, Jewelz and Timmy of HMV Sounds, have invited artistes like Wayne Wonder, Mad Cobra, Frisco Kid and Tanya Stephens as special guests. Top sound systems to perform include Renaissance Disco, Stone Love, Black Chiney, Bass Odyssey and Travellers. Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire is the host and New York’s King Addies will be on the line-up.
“It’s been phenomenal just watching the event grow with our teamwork. Our event allows patrons to relive the ’90s, we play nothing past 2005, and this time we’re calling it Dandy Shandy ‘Bruk Out’, whether people want to interpret it as breaking out of the pandemic with the opening of Miami or to ‘bruk out’ in dance moves and have a great time,” Jazzy T said.