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WOOT! Sunburn Festival WILL stay in Goa!

September 12, 2013 12:38 IST

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State's tourism minister assures support to the very popular music festival, though the organisers must scout for a new venue.

Even as Goa's popular Sunburn Festival is poised for a change in venue from Candolim to some other beach, the state tourism department has backed the event as a driver for tourism promotion and revenue generation.

The annual festival is facing problems related to its venue because it causes traffic congestion at Candolim beach, 9 km away from Panaji in North Goa. The locals have also complained about the chaos created during the musical extravaganza.

During the event, an estimated 30,000 people throng the venue every day.


Image: Each year an estimated 30,000 people attend Sunburn each year.
Photographs: Courtesy Sunburn.in

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The festival organisers will have to scout for alternate venue due to traffic and other issues at Candolim beach, state tourism minister Dilip Parulekar told PTI here yesterday.

"The ministry will not allow the festival at Candolim beach. But, we want the festival for sure as it attracts more tourists and helps state generate revenue," Parulekar said.

Sunburn Goa will be held from December 27 to 29. Though the music festival is facing a tough time in its conceived state, there are no hitches in the newer places where it has expanded since the last two years.


Image: Organisers of Sunburn will have to scout for another venue this year, even as the state's tourism minister has assured them of the government's support.
Photographs: Courtesy Sunburn.in

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Shailendra Singh, joint managing director of Percept Private Limited which organises the event, told PTI that the festival will be held in Goa in a manner the state tourism department feels appropriate.

"We will follow code of conduct as Sunburn Goa is an event of Goa, by Goa and for Goa," he said.

Percept Private Limited began the EDM (electronic dance and music) festival in the beach state in 2007.

Sunburn Noida will be held on October 6, Sunburn Mumbai on November 15-16 and for the first time, the south Indian city of Bangalore will have the festival on November 16-17, Singh said.

"The festivals at Noida, Bangalore and Mumbai will be at par with Goa," he added.


Image: Sunburn is one of the biggest music festivals in the country attracting international talent and audiences.
Photographs: Courtesy Sunburn.in
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