Having recently announced their third and final artist drop the stage has been set and time tables and scheduled have now been released for one of the most idyllic destination festivals of the year. More on the exciting news of one particular stage later in this article but SXM Festival are also taking huge steps towards the conservation of the local area in the island of Saint Martin.
Over the course of the festival between Wednesday, March 11th and Sunday, March 15th there will be a number of initiatives that attendees can take part in that will give support to the beautiful surrounding area that the festival calls home. Created in 2019 SXM Festival started a partnership with SXM Doet, the largest volunteer initiative in Saint Martin. The idea is that attendees are encouraged to take a break from the party and meet with the locals and other travelers to allow for a greater transfer of information regarding the area and the conservation of Saint Martin.
On March 13th and 14th, guests are encouraged to join the SXM Art Deco team and a number of festival artists including Amine K and Maga in two key charitable action projects. It will be possible to register to build a playground at Ideal Preschool or assemble an eco-friendly, recycled playground at Green Learning Academy. Long-time SXM artist Blond:ish, Toronto’s Summerdaze, and global dance music sustainability project ByeByePlastic to host a clean-up of the iconic Sandy Ground Beach. This continues SXM’s anti-single use plastic ethos and overall commitment to the protection of the island’s sensitive ecosystem.
To encourage mindfulness with regards to the global impact of traveling to such destinations festival-goers are encouraged to offset the carbon footprint of their travel by donating to Climate Futures’ Peace Boat Project though a $10 per month subscription, or a one-time $25 contribution. This will go some way toward SXM Festival’s net-zero emissions strategy and through their new partnership with Climeworks, the world’s first commercial direct air capture company, guests can now capture carbon dioxide from the air and turn it into stone in their name. Rounding up the full lineup for sustainable initiatives is their partnership with Ungalli Clothing Co. to deliver sustainable merchandise that is ethically sourced from Canada out of recycled and organic materials. Each item is produced in Canadian facilities where workers are safe, respected, and paid fair wages for their work.
Now to some exciting news on perhaps two of this year’s most exciting SXM Festival showcase and first is a showcase from DJ W!ld‘s Dailycid Music label. Having last year taken over Happy Bay’s Ocean Stage alongside SIT, DeWalta, Digby and WXC DJ W!ld returns to SXM Festival but will this time be taking over Lotus nightclub on Thursday, March 12th and this time there will be sets from Inessa Raum B2B Vector, Shaun Reeves, Dyed Soundorom and of course the man himself will be closing his own stage.
Next comes a label showcase from Maher Daniel and his The Other Side imprint and this year its a biggie. With last year’s party including sets from Dana Ruh, Gescu, Lamache, Sepp and Maher himself this year he has really outdone himself. Taking place at the Arc Stage at Happy Bay on Saturday, March 14th topping the bill will be none other than a b2b from Ricardo Villalobos and Raresh. With the pairing of Ricardo and Raresh lighting up message boards and news feeds as a result of their recent sets at fabric, ADE and of course their marathon set at Epizode this could very well be the party of the festival. There will also be a live set from Akufen, Sonja Moonear, TOS head Maher Daniel as well as Revah Brothers will be opening up the party. There will be a number of label showcases from around the world of house and techno but a b2b from Ricardo and Raresh is always cause for celebration.