Lonely Planet Writer

Anguilla debuts new 'Livin in the Sun' autumn music festival

Anguilla is most often regarded as a haven for the rich and famous, an ideal place to lay back and relax in the crystalline waters and warm sun, all with a dose of luxury. The island is turning up the volume this November, however, with its new music festival, Livin in the Sun. Those who enjoy EDM, world beats and beaches will feel right at home at this event, which focuses on bringing together some of the world’s best deejays in a rather unusual festival setting.

Anguilla.
Anguilla. Image by Getty Images

The festival features a series of evening parties at premiere hotels and hotspots across the island, including Anguilla Great House, located on the island’s famous Rendezvous Beach, and Dune Preserve, its best beach bar.

What really sets this festival apart, however, is its concert locations: on Saturday and Sunday, visitors hop on a speedboat to the uninhabited Sandy Island for one-of-a-kind concert experience away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. The festival concludes with an all-night farewell party at Nat’s Place, a restaurant at Junks Hole Beach  that’s well known for its excellent johnnycakes.

Walshy Fire of Major Lazer set to perform at Anguilla music festival.
Walshy Fire of Major Lazer set to perform at Anguilla music festival. Image by Getty Images

The lineup features major names in electronic music, including Walshy Fire of Major Lazer, DJ Krave, Supernova and Spirits in Motion, among others.

An all-access weekend pass runs US $500, but festival goers on a budget can buy entry to individual events, all outlined on the festival website (www.livininthesun.com)