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.
Ellie 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.”
On 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.
Ellie kicked off the music festival and killed it.
Calvin Harris closed the show, with a ton of fireworks.
Calvin Harris. Not shirtless.