Winter? Maybe not. Music festival? For sure

Heineken presents the Cayman Islands Winter Music Festival which starts today, Friday, 1 April, with sets by Cayman’s finest live acts.

Based around Calico Jack’s and Public Beach areas, this red-hot event also brings international DJ talent to the Island for the duration of Saturday, 2 April.

Handel Whittaker is the owner of Calico Jack’s and the guy behind the popular beach bar is buzzing with anticipation.

“We are more than excited to be hosting the first-ever Cayman Islands Winter Music Festival and are working very closely with SPIN radio station to make it happen. Nothing like this has been done before in the Cayman Islands and we are hoping that this will become a successful annual event to be enjoyed by not only those that live in the Cayman Islands, but by many visitors too.

“With the huge success of the Winter Music Conference in Miami every year and with this festival being held on the following weekend, we believe that as this festival grows, tourists who make the trip to Miami will also come to Cayman,” Handel tells us.

Public Beach

The stage is on Public Beach, provided by Lions Productions, and as well as food and drink, there will be tattoo and airbrush artists, plus artists playing live. There will also be full security for this 18+ concert.

Anne Mason of sponsor What’s Hot says that the company is delighted to be involved in such a great event.

“What’s Hot is proud to back the Cayman Islands Winter Music Festival, which truly showcases the talent of Cayman plus the Island’s ability to attract top names in live music and some of the world’s best DJs.

“We’re looking forward to the unique atmosphere of the event – music sounds way better with your feet in the sand.”

Of course, refreshing yourself responsibly is also important, and Findlay Wilson of Jacques Scott and presenting sponsor Heineken said it was a “no-brainer” for the company to become part of the festival.

“A music festival on the beach – who doesn’t want to be involved in that? Party-goers in the sun all day will need plenty of cold Heineken to keep them cool. Although we have a huge amount of talented musicians in Cayman, it’s always a treat to get some international acts on island. House music made Ibiza famous; hopefully we can do the same here in Cayman.

“What I am looking forward to most is seeing how the different DJs work the crowd, especially Morgan Page – and obviously a few ice cold Heinekens on the beach!”

As for SPIN FM, Kenny Rankin said, “We are very excited to be a part of the first-ever Cayman Islands Winter Music Festival as it is a very important event for the future of entertainment in the islands.”

Boat trip

A boat trip leaves Safe Haven at 2pm Sunday, featuring DJ Brooklyn, Lizzie Curious and Billy Corduroy.

There’s limited space and tickets cost $25. Email [email protected]

Tickets are $15 per day in advance or $25 per day at the gate. Two-day passes in advance are $30 or $50 at the gate.

The boat cruise costs $25. Tickets are available at Calico Jack’s, Spin and Vibe Studios, all Jacques Scott locations and through 


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