Get ready as Surnburn Goa unleashes plans for its 9th edition, bringing the biggest and most sought-after names in electronic music in the world to Goa for Asia’s biggest music festival.An aura with a magnifying power trip in which colors of joy float along the pulsating beats of music and dance. A temptation that surrounds close to half a million souls with its synergy of music and entertainment. This is some explanation of the vibrant Sunburn festival held in India every year. Inspired by the ‘Tomorrowland Music Festival’ of Belgium, Sunburn became the synonym of music festivals.

Sunburn is voted 9th best festival in the world
Sunburn Festival, voted as the 7th Best Festival in the World and one of the top things to do in Goa, is a fusion of music, entertainment, food and shopping. With its proximity to Christmas and New Year, Sunburn Festival attracts many a thousand of people to Goa in the month of December.
Inaugurated in India in the year 2007 from the festival clad city of Goa, Sunburn has set new horizons for itself in just four years of its existence. Its concept of stuffing the festival with arena format gigs in which the renowned global DJs and artists tame the crowd has been among the successful experiments.

There are a lot of things to do at the three day Goa Sunburn Festival. Be it the authentic Goan Cuisine or international platters or sport activities like fire juggling, rock climbing, slippery football, mechanical bull riding and the rejuvenating spa treatments and massages after the thrill of rocking musical performances, the Sunburn Festival in Goa is a crowd puller in all senses.

Sunburn Festival, Goa
Sunburn Festival in Goa is all about pulsating music and thrilling atmosphere

Story so far

Sunburn made its debut from the Candolim beach of Goa in 2007. The decision to organize this international dance music festival was jointly taken by DJ Nikhil Chinappa and the Percept group. In its very first year, international artists like Carl Cox, Above & Beyond and Axwell made the headlines. The debut festival was hosted by DJ Nikhil Chinappa and Rohit Baker.

Despite the terrifying 2008 Mumbai attacks, Sunburn marked its second innings, the very next month of the incident. With the same spirit and enthusiasm, the festival was held on the Candolim beach. In the theme of Electric circus, the festival lived up to its expectations. Performances of DJ Simon Dunmore, Shapeshifters and Gareth Emery enlightened the crowd with trance and house music.

Sunburn Goa – Asia’s Largest 3-day Electronic Music Festival
Due to the increase in turnout of the crowd every year, Sunburn improvised itself and made teeny weeny changes in its schedules and events from time to time. The year of 2009 brought the concept of ‘After Dark’ parties, thereby loosing all time boundaries and making Sunburn a 24 hour festival.

Change in venue happened in the seventh edition of the Sunburn in the year 2013 when the organizers decided to conduct the festival at Vagator beach in Goa. This did not affect the appeal of the Sunburn at all and instead, the festival got packed with 120 artists running a marathon of music.

Stunned by the huge difference Sunburn created since its inception in 2007, the organizers decided to launch the city edition in the summer of 2012. This started from Mumbai and later on made its way to Noida in Delhi and Colombo in Sri Lanka by October 2012.

Sunburn-a magical carnival

The three day festival of the Sunburn is no less than a carnival. Electrifying performances of the talents from different corners of world on stages so massive just set the magic on. Every year the festival treats its lovers with a whole new theme, followed by the ambiance and the madness that seems to fall from a different dimension.

A music festival of such potential feels incomplete without the delicious cuisines and a hell lot of drinks. This desperate need has been very well taken care of in the Sunburn, as the festival is flooded by various stalls offering sumptuous food and pitchers of Booze. Delicious Goan cuisines with alcoholic beverages in the musical atmosphere of Sunburn tempts the people to stay here forever.

The magnetism of the Sunburn festival is such that most of the tourists set their camps on the site. This is an amazing way to live down the festival and savor its memories for the next year.

After Parties

‘Under  the sun, We party, and in the dark, We party harder’. This is one true motto of the Sunburn festival.  The organizers here make sure that no single moment spent at the festival is left untouched by the party spirit. For this, suitable venue is selected for the themed After Night parties. This includes cruise parties also along the beach. It keeps the rhythm of the festival going on and after an entertainment cum madness filled day at the festival, cruise parties bring the necessary comfort.

When to travel next

The eighth edition of the ‘Larger than life’ Sunburn festival will be held on 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th December 2015 at the Vegator beach, Goa. Make your travel plans, according to that.

How and where to book Sunburn Goa 2019 tickets:

Interested music lovers can book the tickets for the festival at BookMyShow.

How to reach

The beach of Vegator is one hour away from the Dabolim airport, whereas the nearest railway stations to the site are Thivim and Vasco.

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Last Updated by Ankit Morrison  on 20/08/2015