The biggest music festival in India, Sunburn Goa returns for its eighth edition at the end of December. Synonymous with unadulterated fun, Sunburn Goa’s exhaustive list of Indian and international acts from electronic and dance music has made it one of the most popular year-end events, and it promises to live up to the hype yet again.
In 2013, the festival featured superstar DJs like Tiesto, Hardwell, Afrojack,Swedish House Mafia, Nicky Romero and Avicii across seven stages. This year’s festival is said to be even bigger with eight stages and 150 artists from various genres of dance music. The main stage is spread over 200 feet—and pegged as the biggest festival stage in Asia. This year’s festival focuses on underground music with a line-up of performers like Paul Oakenfold, Damian Lazarus, Sander Van Doorn, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dannic, Knife Party, Deniz Koyu, Jamie Jones and Sasha. There are also Indian acts such as BLOT, Dualist Inquiry Band, Delhi Sultanate, Reggae Rajahs and Madboy/Mink.
When: December 27-29, 2014
Where: Small Vagator Beach, Goa Ozran Beach Road, Vagator, Goa
What to do:
There are tons of adrenaline-pumping parallel activities and experiences to choose from. Try your hand at football zorbing, bungee jumping, ziplining, kite flying and kite making. Ride on top of a giant ferris wheel or a mechanical bull, cool off at the sprinkler tunnels, visit the fleamarket, or get inked by one of the tattoo artists. Coming back to the music, here are the main acts you should definitely mark in your calendar:
Kligande, Dance Temple, 6-7 pm
Sander Van Doorn, Dance Temple stage, 9-10 pm
Jamie Jones, Space Station Stage, 9-10 pm
Knife Party, Dance Temple stage, 9-10 pm
Paris Blohm, Dance Temple stage, 6-7 pm
Paul Oakenfold, Cubezoid stage, 9-10 pm
Emma Hewitt, Cubezoid stage, 6.30-7.30 pm
Baauer, Cubezoid stage, 8-9 pm
Sub Focus, Cubezoid stage, 9-10 pm
Sasha, Space Station stage, 8-9 pm
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dance Temple stage, 9-10 pm
Where to stay:
Sunburn has tied up with vacation rental company RoomnHouse to offer packages at various accommodations near the performance venues. The most affordable three-day packages start at Rs 3500 per night. You can also customise your own holiday at one of the private apartments, holiday homes and villas close by.
There are also several high-end packages at accommodations such as Double Tree Hilton, Casa Anjuna, White Pearl Suites, Ocean Pearl and Turtle Beach Resort. Starting at Rs 21,990 per person on a twin sharing basis, these include breakfast, taxes and entry ticket to Sunburn.
Visitors can purchase general passes for all the three days (Rs 10000) or individual days (Rs 4000). The cheapest tickets are the individual early entry tickets priced at Rs 2500, which grant entry only up to 3 pm. VIP ticket holders get access to performances by headliners at free after parties, fast track entry, special shot bars and cocktail bars in the VIP section, special offer on Sunburn cruises and elevated platform for better views of the stage.
Priced between Rs 2,00,000 and Rs 8,00,000, the VVIP passes offer an even more exclusive experience with perks such as private front row tables with a nightclub-style setup; complimentary premium food hampers, alcohol, soft drinks and mixers; dedicated entry, exit, security and waiter; and even a private, all-inclusive after party cruise.