Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding Perform at Bacardi Triangle

Bacardi has a long-cherished tradition of throwing big lavish parties, at least according to their corporate brand executive who wears suits to poolside brunches in Puerto Rico. Last Halloween (yeah, it’s been a while okay), the liquor brand brought that merrymaking mentality to a private island in the Bermuda Triangle just a quick boat ride from the Puerto Rico mainland, where they hosted a music festival with Calvin Harris, Kendrick Lamar and Ellie Goulding.

The whole splashy ordeal was known as Bacardi Triangle, and I went to check it out. I met lot of music journalist types from the UK, had brunch with Ellie Goulding, snuck into a private infinity pool, hung out with Kendrick Lamar in his suite, danced to blaring EDM barefoot in the sand, but I did not get a chance to see Calvin Harris shirtless (because I got so fucked up that I missed my chance to kick it with him backstage, c’est la vie). So at least I still have that to look forward to in life.

quULnCZsFpLy80DNh5LVioz_0crx1zVSBMHlcUF0XXAI=w905-h603-noEllie Goulding sat down with us for a media brunch, before she went off and got into her hilarious Halloween costume.

Ellie Goulding during the media brunch, answering hard-hitting questions such as “When are you coming to Singapore?” Oh, and then someone asked her is she had ever performed on a private island before and she was like, “yeaaahhh.”

IMG_1218The view from Kendrick Lamar’s suite.

IMG_1219Secret infinity pool that was only supposed to be for the artists and their entourages.

IMG_1231Big mess before getting on the boats that took us to the island.

IMG_1254Greeted by world-class entertainment.

IMG_1280A bunch of local Puerto Ricans sailed their boats to the island and had their own impromptu bash on the beach.

IMG_1321Waiting for the festivities to commence.

IMG_1332On the other side of the island, there was this beautiful tranquil beach that not a lot of people bothered to try to find. Coincidentally, it’s also where this Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fight took place.

IMG_1324It started to rain a little bit, but these people came here to party, even in hurricane season.

Ellie kicked off the music festival and killed it.

IMG_1296Onstage, she was on fire.


Calvin Harris closed the show, with a ton of fireworks.


Calvin Harris. Not shirtless.

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