Goa Government Cancels Sunburn Festival

Goa Government Cancels Sunburn Festival
The festival was scheduled to be held from December 27 to 29 , Photo Credit: Courtesy of Percept Live

The move comes in the wake of criticism being faced by the state government after it gave its nod to organise the festival amid the coronavirus outbreak

OT Staff
November 10 , 2020
02 Min Read

Thanks to the global outbreak of coronavirus, 2020 has not been one of the best year for the electronic dance music (EDM) industry in India. The news of the much-awaited Sunburn music festival being cancelled has left music lovers across the country disheartened. Organised by Percept Live, the festival was supposed to take place in Goa’s Vagator from December 27 to 29.

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The Goa government has been at the receiving end of criticism ever since it had permitted the organisers to host the event. In a move that came as a major setback for the music fest, the Tourism Department of Goa withdrew the permission granted to Percept Live.

The company took to its social media handles to announce that it has decided to reschedule the event following the cancelation. “In consultation with the authorities, we have decided to reschedule the Sunburn Goa 2020, originally planned for the dates 27, 28 & 29 December in Vagator, Goa,” it said in an official statement.

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The statement also mentions that while the organisers were overwhelmed by the response they have received from their fans across the country, the company’s priority was to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the attendees of the event.

It also noted that the live music industry has been “practically shutdown” for the last nine months, which has severely impacted the livelihoods of thousands.

Percept Live further noted that it was hopeful that the situation would improve in the coming months and it will analyse the circumstances before announcing new dates for the festival.

Earlier this year, the company had to cancel its Sunburn live events like Arenas, Reloads and Campus tours. However, it has managed to keep music lovers entertained with successful virtual gigs over the last seven months. The gigs featured more than 180 leading international and Indian artists including KSHMR, Nicky Romero, Alison Wonderland, Lost Frequencies, Paul Van Dyk, Skazi, Sam Feldt, Diego Miranda, Maddix, Spin Doctor, Bassjackers, and Vini Vici.

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