When the fastest cars in Sri Lanka and Grammy award winning DJs come together, it makes up for a thriller of a night. The exhilaration of the races fused with great music, the smell of burnt rubber and amazing light shows – a night to cherish. The Electric Peacock festival was held on the eve of the first ever Colombo Night races, where the cars took to the streets for the qualifying rounds.
The drivers had to begin the course from the Continental roundabout and then go past the Hilton, down Duke Street, passing Standard Chartered Bank, the World Trade Centre, past the Ceylon Continental Hotel and wind up at the Galadari. In the meantime the festival was held at the Light House, Fort, in close vicinity to the race track.
The cars revved up to a resounding crowd that had come in, and the festival kicked in to back the excitement. The course was certainly not the easiest to drive on and a few cars did niggle around the tough corners, but it was the exotics that stood out. It was a real treat to see the likes of Lamborghini’s, Porsche’s and Lotus’s steaming down the roads of Colombo. International drivers from Malaysia and India were a part of the races, some of the cars were specially bought down – including a showpiece F1 beauty belonging to champion racer Lewis Hamilton.
The festival kicked in with DJ’s Tim and Asvajit spinning to the crowds, while the wait was on for Felix B to take to the turntable. The goal behind the Electric Peacock Festival was to give a chance for the local crowds to experience Grammy award winning artists perform in our backyard, while the heat of the races picked up. The races itself were an enormous project that aimed at bringing in a large quota of foreign reserve to the country. It also puts Sri Lanka on the International racing map, with sights making this an annual event.
First to take to the streets were the 1600CC Sl-H cars, followed by the Ford makes and the 3500CC supercars. High hopes were mounting around racers Dilantha Malagamuwa and Shriyan Samuels to clinch the car and bike titles respectively. Indeed, the large crowd that was present witnessed exemplary driving and intense racing.
The Electric Peacock festival was gaining momentum in the backdrop of the races, when Felix B arrived at the turn table to take the party crazy people dancing into the dawn. The Electric Peacock Festival also present the first ever Silent Disco, 3D Mapping, an amazing Fireworks Display, Body painting, Stilt walkers, Fire Eaters, Dancers and a Canon photo booth.