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EDM festival to rock Goa in Dec after year’s gap

EDM festival to rock Goa in Dec after year’s gap

02 Jul 2019 No comment 87 hits

PANAJI: After a gap of a year, the North Goa coastal belt will likely once again host an electronic dance music festival in December, at Vagator. Tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Monday said the state government is in the process of granting in-principal approval to Sunburn Klassique “so that they can start with the initial preparations”.
“Later the state-level committee will decide,” Ajgaonkar said, adding that the state government will, however, not grant Sunburn permission as its organisers have failed to clear pending dues.
“Till they (Sunburn) clear their dues, we will not grant them any permission,” he said.
Sunburn resumed its journey in Goa after three years earlier this year, in February, under the name Sunburn Klassique after Percept Live, the wholly owned subsidiary of Percept Ltd, entered into a long-term collaboration with Goa-based Klassique to co-promote all Sunburn events in Goa. The February festival was held on a smaller scale.
Sunburn organisers have already announced that the festival will be held at Vagator from December 27 to 29 and even commenced early bird sale of tickets.
When questioned about Sunburn organisers beginning promotions, Ajgaonkar said, “I am not aware about this. We are granting permission to increase tourism, and music is part of Goa’s culture.”
The tourism department has received an application from the organiser of an EDM festival seeking permission from December 27 to 29, sources said.
The tourism minister added that if the government wanted to promote Goa tourism at the national and international level, then EDMs were definitely required.
Since 2015, the police department has been urging the state government not to allow EDM festivals during the last week of December, as it coincides with the peak tourist season. The influx of visitors adds to the burden of enhancing security arrangements.
Percept Live, which conducted music festivals in Goa for a decade, shifted its event to Pune in 2016 due to its dispute with the state government over pending dues. Subsequently, Viacom18, which held its own EDM festival for three years, also withdrew. A new party that entered the scene in 2017 also turned its back on Goa in 2018.

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