PANJIM: After a hiatus of over three years, Sunburn – the pioneer of electronic dance music (EDM) festivals in the State – will be making a comeback to Goa as it has announced a two-day event on February 23 and 24, 2019 at Vagator. The announcement on Thursday comes following in-principle approval granted by the government.
Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar said, “Everybody wants EDMs back in Goa. We have taken a decision to give in-principle approval to Sunburn Klassique to host the festival. However, final approval will be given only when the promoter fulfils the criteria laid down by the government.”
On Wednesday he had said that Tourism Department was examining a proposal put forth by a Goan, to organise Sunburn Klassique next month. He has often been quoted as saying that Goa is in need of EDMs as the event attracts lakhs of tourists to the coastal State.
Percept live, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Percept Ltd, has collaborated with Goa based nightlife and promotions company Klassique to co-promote all Sunburn events. Klassique will be responsible for local logistics, permissions for the event in a long term deal.
In a statement, the organisers said that at the time of the Sunburn exit from Goa in 2016, its direct contribution to the Goa economy stood at close to Rs 700 crore, besides generating employment for several thousands and creating an entire ecosystem.
Karan Singh, CEO, Sunburn stated that over the last 12 years Sunburn EDM evolved from being just a music festival to an aspirational brand with millions of loyalists, and the firm hopes their return will once again build the State into a thriving music destination.
Sunburn which enjoys the status of being of the biggest dance music brands in the Asia recently concluded the 12th edition of its annual showcase in Pune.