Weekly Selections: SXM Festival, LDL with Fort Romeau, Making Shapes with Ivan Smagghe
Our top weekly event picks from around the globe.
This weekend marks the second edition of the highly anticipated SXM Festival on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. The destination festival will take over the entire palm-fringed island, hosting day parties on the beach, night time club events at carefully selected venues, and intimate afterparties at secret villas. This year’s stellar cast of artists will suit all tastes for underground music, with highlights including heavyweights like Nina Kraviz and Ricardo Villalobos all the way to up-and-comers like Montreal sensation Amir Javasoul and Beste Modus head Cinthie. Make sure not to miss XLR8R’s day party at the Beach Lounge of the Hotel Mercure, which will take place on Friday and will feature a headlining set from Visionquest mainstay Shaun Reeves. Saturday’s Dailycid party at The Refuge should also be top-notch, with performances from DJ W!LD, XLR8R favorite Dewalta, and a special live set from Ion Ludwig. The real treat will come on Sunday at the Closing Party at Happy Bay, where minimal masters Richie Hawtin and Ricardo Villalobos will close out the festival with a bang. For more information and last minute tickets, head to SXM’s Facebook event page.
On Friday night in Los Angeles, veteran West Coast party crew Lights Down Low will return to the warehouse district for a special collaborative party with Into The Woods Recordings. The event will focus on the deeper, melodic side of house and techno, with Sistrum Recordings boss Patrice Scott at the top of the bill. Running Back contributor Fort Romeau will also grace the decks, with Jimmy Maheras of Into The Woods and Corey Sizemore of Lights Down Low lined up for opening duties. More information and tickets can be found here.
And on Saturday, the underground event series Making Shapes will touch down again in Los Angeles, this time recruiting the eclectic French selector Ivan Smagghe for a headlining slot. Also on the bill is Kompakt contributor SONNS, Cosmo Vitelli, and Making Shapes’ own Jeniluv. A limited number of presale tickets remain; get them here.