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Anguilla’s Must-Visit Music Festival, Moonsplash, Is Back

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - March 1, 2019

By Dana Niland
CJ Contributor

Anguilla’s Moonsplash Music Festival is back.

The legendary music festival will take place under a full moon at the legendary Dune Preserve on Rendezvous Bay from March 21-24, 2019.

The event returns after being suspended last year for the first time in its 27 year history, due to venue repairs in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Some of the biggest names in reggae music have graced the Moonsplash stage, including Steel Pulse, Jah Cure, Gregory Isaacs, Sugar Minott, Marcia Griffiths, Bunny Wailer, Inner Circle.

Popular music artists like Jimmy Buffet and John Mayer, and award-winning rappers Nas and Q-Tip have also made appearances through the years.

This year, Moonsplash returns to its roots as the “Coolest Beach Party in the Caribbean.”

Timed to coincide with the first full moon of the month, the evenings unfold at the rustic Dune Preserve, producer and creator Bankie Banx’s legendary retreat.

The space doubles as a beach bar by day and a dance party each evening.

The newly renovated beach bar now accommodates 500 persons on decks and another 500 under a temporary beach extension.

Highlights of this year’s festival are two celebrations– Sheriff Bob’s 80th Birthday Bash and Third World and Friends’ 40th Anniversary celebration. 

— CJ

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