SXMusic Festival Makes Spectacular Debut

Posted on March 23, 2016

Words: Iain Thomson

Words: Dan Mac
Images: Ded Pixel

It was with some trepidation that we headed out to St Martins for the first ever SX Music Festival. Mindful of how hard it is to get such a vast project off the ground, any concerns were immediately assuaged the second we arrived. We were greeted by a friendly team that gave us our wristbands, filled us in with tons of local knowledge and told us to head off and explore, so we did.

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The site for this festival is a blissful Caribbean Island that boasts a wealth of great drinks and cuisine and all of that was on offer to us throughout the five-day event. As well as that, the actual party locations really made the festival unique – Loterie Farm, a beautiful nature reserve with rock pool, lush green fauna and a raised DJ booth that enjoyed some killer sets throughout the week; Tantra, which offered a more eastern vibe with oriental decor, temples, Buddha heads and hanging vines making it a standout space in which to party. There was also a beach side space that allowed you to party with the sand between your toes and plenty of places in between to explore.

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The festival itself provided numerous stand out moments, sets from tech house titans MANDY on Wednesday and the Mixmag party with Bedouin and Thugfucker were early attractions for us. Both made a real point of stretching their legs and offering up a wide array of sounds that really put the dancers through their paces. For deeper sounds, Le Shore nightclub on the Dutch side of the island showcased stars like H.O.S.H, Jade, and Swiss pair Adriatique getting nice and freaky with their house beats. One of the real highlights was the Burning Man style party at Tantra with Blond:ish. Although rain dampened Maceo Plex’s Ellum Audio label mates, other events such as Lee Burridge and his All Day I Dream managed to escape the weather and deliver a memorable experience. This was a classy affair where everyone was on the same page and Lee was in fine form, dropping his dreamy, whimsical house and techno. Second best memory for us was the Paradise party with Ibiza legend Jamie Jones playing a sumptuously long set.

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All this, as well as the extra curricula activities, the melting pot of cultures and people and the detailed out-of-this-world production made this a festival debut to remember. SXMusic has announced itself on an extremely competitive global festival scene, bringing a complete underground sound from the world’s best DJs, producers and labels to a truly idyllic setting. Music lovers that enjoy partying with the sand between their toes and don’t’ mind clocking up air miles to do so, get this one in our diary for next year, you will not be disappointed!

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