SXM Festival cancels 2018 event, moves show to 2019

SXM Festival this year on Happy Bay Beach.


PHILIPSBURG–SXM Festival announced on Monday that it has postponed the third edition of the House Music Festival. The organisers said that despite the devotion of partners, they fall short of the number of hotel rooms and operational flight routes needed to make the Festival a reality.

  “Due to the rising popularity of the event, we cannot match the demand in 2018 and are forced to postpone. This will allow more time to rebuild the infrastructures needed to stage the event and for the restoration of all air routes to St. Maarten that are required to welcome festival-goers. 

  “It is our hope that SXM Festival will promote our gorgeous island and its brand-new, fully-functional infrastructure and show the world that it is open for business.Our ties to the island of St. Maarten are stronger than ever. It has always been our mission to support the global promotion of the island in order to attract more tourists to our friendly island paradise,” stated organiser Julian Prince on Monday.

  “We want to thank, with all of our hearts, the incredible community of electronic music aficionados in St. Maarten and our trusted local partners in the hospitality services.

  “We are deeply touched and overwhelmed by your messages and by the love you expressed for our project. We promise to come back even stronger than before and to raise the bar again and again, year after year, adapting the festival to the music market and to continue to be recognised as a world-leading event.”

  The Daily Herald understands that the organisation needs about 2,000 rooms, and hotels on-island continue to renovate their businesses since the passing of Hurricane Irma in September. Festivals such as St. Maarten Carnival events and Heineken Regatta will go on as planned for 2018. 

Source: The Daily Herald