Music festival’s good vibes

Judging by the atmosphere throughout the weekend of the first annual Heineken Cayman Islands Winter Music Festival, people are well up for more of the same.

It all kicked off on Friday, 1 April, with local-based bands playing a mix of sounds rooted in the Caribbean and further afield.

Stuart Wilson and Love Culture opened things up with the classic reggae sonics that the Caribbean is rightly feted for, and other acts including EZ Street Band, Local Motion 345, Ratskyn (playing as Loaded Peace), Backbeat and two sets from Charlie Goes Electric kept things rolling along to an ever-increasing crowd of revellers at Public Beach.

Saturday was all about the DJs, who had the crowd jumping with their spinning skills.

The atmosphere continued to be inclusive, energetic and full of excitement at the quality of the local-based and visiting artists, who certainly had a whale of a time.

Meanwhile, the crowd swelled to 1,500 over both days.

How could they not? There was music, there were smiles, dancers and one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Music brings people together at the best of times, but in a setting like the Cayman Islands you really can’t get much better. But don’t take our words for it… we were there, snapping away.

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When you forget your top, you’ve always got options.
Photo: Brian Wright


Stuart Wilson and Love Culture turned up the heat.
Photo: Brian Wright