After 3-yr wait Sunburn back in Goa

After 3-yr wait Sunburn back in Goa. This EDM festival returns on February 23-24, authorities believe it will boost tourism

State government has given its nod to ‘Sunburn Klassique’ Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival, scheduled to be held at Vagator later this month. The State Level Permission Committee (SLPC) that held its first meeting recommended granting NOC to the festival and Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar has asserted that government is going ahead with the festival.

“The committee decides nitty-gritty of the festival like the venue, fees, etc. As per my opinion, we should take advantage of this opportunity to boost tourism. The government is going ahead with the festival,” the Minister said speaking to Herald minutes after the SLPC meeting chaired by Principal Secretary Daulat Hawaldar concluded at Secretariat on Monday. The Minister was however not a part of the meeting.

While the venue and date is yet to be officially announced, sources said the festival will be held at Vagator – the former venue of Sunburn – on February 23-24. “I am yet to get the file from the SLPC,” he said when questioned on whether the fees, venue and dates are finalized.

The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), a member of the committee, has suggested that government reconsiders its decision on taxes.

“The high license fees and huge police charges were driving away people. Each ticket has 28 percent GST and police security fees are also over a crore. We have requested the government to consider lowering the prices,” TTAG President Savio Messias said. The association has also proposed the government to host a series of entertainment and cultural shows every month in order to ensure continuous footfalls of tourists.

The recently held legislative assembly session saw the ruling Legislators unanimous on government’s attempt to revive the EDM in Goa.

Sunburn EDM had been discontinued since last three years as inputs costs during that period of the year was higher than usual. Other festival organizers had also turned their back to Goa considering that fees including police bandobast charges were exorbitant. Sunburn has nevertheless made a comeback this year donning a new look titled ‘Sunburn Klassique,’ through a Goan Shailesh Shetty. The festival expects a crowd of 10,000 including the tourists during the two days.

Organisers of Sunburn electronic dance music festival said its new “smaller and sleeker” version would held in Vagator Beach in north Goa on February 23-24.

The Sunburn EDM festival, which used to be held in the coastal state in the last week of December, was discontinued here three years ago as inputs costs during that period of the year were higher than usual, organisers said.

“The festival will be held at Vagator beach in North Goa on February 23-24. We want to create a good time for Goa in February through Sunburn Klassique,” Harindra Singh, chief managing director of Percept Limited, told reporters here Monday.

“Sunburn Klassique is a smaller and sleeker version of Sunburn Goa,” he said.

On the decision to discontinue Sunburn Goa in the December slot three years ago, he said, “We used to get 70,000-80,000 people a day. We left Goa as the costs had gone up. Government taxes, and fees had become too expensive. Hotels and flights were expensive.”

“In Goa, when it comes to December, everything goes up. Excess tourist inflow during that time also puts strain on the infrastructure. Even fans had to pay too much,” he added.

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