In September 2017, the Caribbean and southern United States were ravaged by two catastrophic hurricanes – Hurricane Irma and then Hurricane Maria. The two caused billions in damage, killed thousands and devastated communities in ways many we haven’t seen in decades with winds up to 180 for Irma and 175 for Maria. One of the islands devastated by Hurricane Irma was St. Martin, which has started to see a turnaround from the hurricane, but the scars are still there. SXM Festival has called St. Martin home since 2016, but in 2018 it had to cancel the festival because the island was not ready to host an event of that magnitude and they felt it was better to focus their time and resources on the recovery. 2019 will mark the return of the festival and we chatted with founder Julian Prince to learn more about that, their commitment to the environment and his recommendations on how to start a destination festival.