Burn It Up

The Sunburn Music Fest

Two venues. Seven stages. One lakh attendees. Music lovers scattered all across the country have blocked their dates from December 27 - 29. It's Sunburn time in Goa. Like for the last four years, electronic dance music (EDM) will rule the party, the only difference being that Asia's biggest music festival is bigger and better this time around. Be it the artiste line-up or the festival fillers, there's lots to look forward to.

Candolim Beach is still the venue but there are two grounds connected by a short pathway. Each separated by a 30-second walk. "Usually we have two main stages. This year, there are seven stages in all, two main stages at both the venues. Last year, we were so packed (read: 50,000 people) that we realised it would be impossible to go further without adding to the festival," says Karan Singh, Global CEO, Sunburn. Till now, 90 international and national artistes and DJs have been confirmed. "We're still adding to the list," Singh says.

Three of the world's best - Axwell, Infected Mushroom and Above and Beyond - are in this year's favourites list. Three women DJs - Pearl, Nadia Ali and Pune's Ma Faiza - will also spin their signature music. Among other artistes are Markus Schulz, Nic Fanciulli, Moguai, Michael Woods, Mad Maxx, Clement, Janux, Sashanti, Ajit Pai, Boombaba, V-Society, Praveen Acharaya, Vipul Angrish, Vik and Anish Sood, Jalebee Cartel, Funkagenda, John 00 Fleming, Skazi, Anil Chawla & Dale Anderson, Liquid Soul, Sanjay Dutta, Lost Stories, Nawed Khan and Shaan. "We've already booked our tickets for the three days. Ninety artistes - that's just amazing!," says Atul Poharkar, co-founder iCrave Events, Pune. This 20-something and his friends have attended the festival for the last three years. The artistes will be spread over the four main stages of trance, house, techno and psychedelic. The other stages are for live/experimental music and bands. The fest will also have five after-parties in Goa.

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