Spotify threw a party on Friday to celebrate Afrobeats’ Journey of a Billion Streams, and I’d like to thank my boss and colleagues for dragging me to this event. Between the dancing, drinks, and performances, I had the time of my life. Here are all my favourite things from the event:

The silent disco

The only thing I love more than a party with loud music is one with zero music, headphones on, and everyone listening to whatever they want. While a DJing was jamming inside the event centre, Spotify set up a cute corner outside where we could listen to whatever we wanted on the headphones before we got into the full swing of things.

The photo booths 

There’s nothing worse than going out as a baddie and coming back with zero pictures or videos to document your fit, so I was beyond elated to see the three photo booths Spotify blessed us with. Did I proceed to spend a good amount of time getting acquainted with these photo booths? Yes, I definitely did.

The performances

I’m not even going to lie. I knew this wasn’t a party I wanted to miss when I saw Fave and Shallipopi on the poster. But then I actually saw all the artists perform, and I really do mean it when I say it’s worth the hide and seek my voice is still playing with me.

The drinks

Believe it or not, the best part of the party wasn’t screaming “Men mount” at the top of my voice; it was actually the free drinks. All I had to do was ask for a drink when I walked into the party, and I got this passion fruit cocktail that tasted divine. Of course, I proceeded to have two more cocktails and a couple cups of champagne, but only because I was offered.

The DJ sets

It’s been two days since the party, and I still think about the transitions the DJs gave us. Every single DJ got on the stage with a vengeance, and I absolutely loved it because they kept all of us hyped AF. Sarz if you’re seeing this, call me, please.

The hosts

A party is only ever as good as the hosts, and they did the business. All MIA had to do was get on that stage and give us her legendary dance moves, and my seat never saw me again.

The people 

Lagosians never really need a reason to turn up, but Spotify gave us one, and everyone showed off and out. Everyone was dancing and having the time of their lives. At some point, the crowd formed a circle, and people just started dancing in it.

Hans & Renee

After screaming my lungs out and dancing till my feet almost fell off, I took a well-deserved break and went in search of yet another drink (don’t judge me). Instead, my lactose intolerance and I found the Hans & Renee ice cream stand, and it was worth all the discomfort and belly ache that followed.

The next time Spotify calls, I shall be there. But until then you can find me bopping to Shallipopi on the Spotify app.


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