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SXM Festival Reveals Phase One Lineup on Caribbean Island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten

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Ciara Graves

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For the past five years, SXM festival has been putting together the prime electronic music location on the shores of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten. Built from the culture of its beauty and Caribbean roots, SXM Festival has reveled as a journey of world-class music and unmistakable natural charm. The event has just unveiled the phase one lineup of an internationally renowned lineup for its return March 11th-15th 2020.

With the continuing evolution of the international dance music community, SXM Festival has crafted a scene that keeps this factor in mind. The result is a fusion of leaders in the industry and emerging acts from all over the world coming together to showcase sounds that push the boundaries of every genre.

The new limits of the European underground will most definitely be presented as SXM Festival, supported by the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Music On! boss, Marco Carola, Panorama Bar resident, Cassy, and the diverse sounds of Sonja Moonear. New SXM superstar Enzo Siragusa, will make his return to the festival, while fashion-forward tech house artist, Loco Dice is being brought on for his first session on the island. The international showcase continues with Crosstown Rebels mainstay Serge Devant, Lebanon’s Rony Seikaly, wAFF, and Britta Arnold.

Parallel to SXM Festival’s wide-reaching curation, the deeper side of the Burning Man influenced house and techno scene will find their place on the baeches of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten. Bedouin will bring their mystical sonics to the event, Blond:ish will return following a Happy Bay triumph in 2019. Phase one also includes SXM favorite Chaim alongside YokoO, Luca Bachetti, Holmar, Sabo, Jan Blomqvist, Parallells, Sainte Vie and more.

“From the debut of the SXM Festival concept we have been on a quest to find the perfect rhythm by which our attendees can experience the world’s best electronic music amongst all that Saint Martin/Sint Maarten has to offer. We believe that after four years we have found the ideal formula which carries dance music fans on an epic journey from sunrise to sunset while treating them to all the wonder that the island has to offer. While we have built our name on blissful dancefloor moments and the sense of escapism that comes with our musical programming, it remains the feeling of belonging to a global community that enables the well-being of its host destination which makes this a truly one of a kind event.” -Julian Prince, Founder of SXM Festival



These performances are spread across five days and remains true to the SXM festival experience. Attendees can find themselves on a rhythmic journey through the natural beauty of Saint Martin/Sint Marten, dancing on the shores of the Happy Bay, or feel as if they’re dancing in a premiere nightclub.

SXM Festival has furthered its connection with the island and its dedication to the needs of the local community due to the devastation impact to the island from a series of hurricanes in 2017. The festival created the Two Bunch Palms and les Amis du SXM Festival Foundations with the mission to raise funds to support those affected by Hurricane Irma to give back. The 2019 festival saw fans and artists join forces with the government to help rebuilt recreational areas, clean up the islands beaches, and raise money for the improvement of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten.

Due to the support of tourism revenue, volunteers, and foundations such as Two Bunch Palms and Les Amis du SXM Festival, Saint Martin/Sint Maarten has been coming back to continue its legacy as one of the world’s most sougt after vacation destinations. Those who have returned or are happy to hear that the resilience of the community and generosity of supporters has made a huge difference. With the spotlight on the global dance music community, SXM festival is on its way to creating the perfect medley of music, cultural adventure, and greater purpose.

Ciara Graves (Graveheart) is a DJ, producer, and writer for The Nocturnal Times based out of Wilmington, DE. She currently attends school at Elon University and is a thriving artist under Limelight Records, the on-campus record label. After graduating from Elon’s Music Production & Recording Arts Program this semester, she plans to take the industry by storm with her future bass sound and passion for the music business.

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