Winter? Not so sure. Music festival? Definitely

DJ hero Judge Jules and reggae superstars Inner Circle are coming to the Cayman Islands. 

The musical forces are headliners at the 2012 Cayman Islands Winter Music Festival, which takes place over the weekend of Friday, 30 March. 

The first day of the event, Friday, takes place at Calico Jack’s and Public Beach and is all about the live music. Bands scheduled to perform are alternative Cayman band Suckerbox, cover outfit Loaded Peace, Charlie Goes Electric – with the greatest double bassist in the Caribbean – and Inner Circle themselves. 

The Circle is a Grammy-winning quintet who have been active since the mid-70s. Bad Boys is the theme of the Fox TV show, COPS and of course they had an international mega-hit with Sweat (a la la long), which they tell us is about dancing. Yeah, we believe you lads. 

Jean Eric ‘Notch’ Smith of the Cayman Islands Entertainment Association says the exposure for local acts can only be beneficial. 

“Events like this are hugely important for the local tourism industry as one of the greatest weaknesses in our tourism product is the lack of international events and calibre entertainment, period,” he said. “Inner Circle are a foundation reggae band and their influence has been proven and felt in practically every decade since before I was born so it should be an exciting show.” 


Dance spectacular 

The next day, Saturday, 31 March, is a 12-hour electronic and dance music spectacular. It begins with what’s billed as ‘the first ever multi-DJ music video. So if you wanna get on the box, wear beachwear, not a bad plan anyway; all that dancing is enough to make anybody, er, sweat. 

Ethan Manderson – DJ Beatdown – kicks it off, followed by Mark Cummings aka DJ Natural, before Jeffrey Bodden in his Snarfbeatz guise keeps it jumping. Billy Corduroy brings us the good stuff and then it’s time to reacquaint ourselves with the fab Lizzie Curious, whose production, songwriting, singing and of course DJing is always top class. 

Brooklyn Earick then takes the stage – he’s DJ’d at hot to trot clubs across the United States as well as sets at the Sundance Film Festival, the 2010 Winter Olympics and the World Cup in South Africa.  

His electro, house and dubstep-filled sets were heard in 2011 by more than 10 countries on his world tour. 

The headliner, Judge Jules, needs little introduction to dance music fans; he’s simply one of the most influential DJs of the last 20 years and continues to win awards the world over for his sets and popular radio show. 

The fun doesn’t end there; Sunday, 1 April sees the festival boat trip, in the company of Billy Corduroy, Lizzie Curious and Brooklyn Earick. This was popular in 2011 and looks set to be a great end to the Heineken-presented Cayman Islands Winter Music Festival 2012. 

Other sponsors include What’s Hot, Cayman Airways, Vision Marketing, Red Bull, Calico Jacks, Islands Oasis, Coconut Car Rentals. 


Tickets are available at SPIN FM, 
Calico Jacks, All Jacques Scott locations.
Prices (all in CI) $35 for a two-day festival pass in advance; $45 for a two-day festival pass at the gate; $20 for a one-day pass in advance; $25 for a one-day pass at the gate; $25 Sunday boat trip in advance; $30 Sunday boat trip at the dock (pending availability) 

Inner Circle

The legendary Inner Circle are coming to make Cayman sweat. – Photo: Submitted