Sunburn Festival

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Sunburn is an electronic dance music Festival held at Candolim Beach, Goa, India every year. The festival is an amalgamation of Music, Entertainment, Food and Shopping, and was ranked by CNN in 2009 as the 9th Best Festival in the World.[1] The Festival is organized by Percept, an Entertainment, Media and Communications company of India. Spread over 3 days, the festival has multiple stages with artists playing simultaneously. In 2013, it was held on December 27, 28 & 29.[2]


Sunburn Goa 2007[edit]

In 2007, Percept partnered with Nikhil Chinapa and organized the first International Dance Music Festival in Goa, India. Sunburn Goa 2007 was sponsored by Smirnoff and took place on 28–29 December just at Candolim beach. In its first year Sunburn included performances from Carl Cox, Above & Beyond and Axwell as headline acts. Other acts included John 00 Fleming, Pete Gooding, DJ Pearl, Jalebee Cartel, Super 8 & Tab, held on two stages with DJs playing simultaneously. The festival was hosted by Nikhil Chinapa and Rohit Barker. The line-up announcement and early bird passes commenced during the end of October.

Sunburn Goa 2008[edit]

Sunburn Goa 2008 was held despite the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks which took place exactly a month prior to the festival. The festival was themed Electric Circus and was held on two main stages: "Banyan Tree" for Trance acts and "Circus Stage" for House music. There was also a VIP stage, flea market and beach volley ball courts. Having tied up with Defected Records in 2008, the label brought house DJs Simon Dunmore, Shapeshifters, Copyright and percussionist Shovel playing. Headlining the festival were GMS, Gareth Emery and John 00 Fleming. The acts were Digital Blonde, Roger Shah, Pearl, Brute Force, Nawed Khan, Vachan Chinnappa, Jalebee Cartel, Sanjay Dutta, and Ma Faiza. The visuals were produced by Dan booth, Martin Robins, Vj Kaycee & Inferno. Sunburn Goa 2008 took place on 27–29 December at Candolim Beach Goa. The title sponsors of Sunburn Goa 2008 were Fly Kingfisher, Carlsberg and Force India.

Sunburn Goa 2009[edit]

Sunburn Goa 2009 had turnout of over 22,000 fans.[citation needed] It also saw the launch of "After Dark" parties which took place at club Butter from 10.30 pm until 5 am, making Sunburn a 24 hour festival. Sunburn brought DJ Armin Van Buuren, who headlined the festival along with Latin House DJs Roger Sanchez and John 00 Fleming. Sunburn’s line-up also included tech house DJ Sultan and trance DJ Sander Van Doorn. Previously in 2008, Sunburn had tied up with Defected Records, but in 2009 Sunburn tied up with UK clubbing company Gatecrashers. Acts included Jalebee Cartel, DJ Pearl, Ma Faiza, Nawed Khan and Designer Hippies. The festival was hosted by Nikhil Chinapa and Rohit Barker. In addition to the previous year’s attractions, Sunburn Goa 2009 included a rock climbing wall and Thai foot masseurs.

Sunburn Goa 2010[edit]

Sunburn Goa 2010, took place on 27–29 December at Candolim Beach. The festival was sponsored by Tuborg. The headliners of the 2010 festival were Paul Van Dyk, Ferry Corsten and Axwell along with Sultan & Ned Shepard with Nadia Ali(Live), Richard Durand, GMS, Pete Gooding, Aly & Fila and DJs Pearl, Ma Faiza, Anish Sood and Sanjay Dutta.

For the 2010 festival, Percept ran a "Sunburn Anthem Contest"[3] for potential audio and visual producers, with participants in the visual category allowed to make a visual for a B.R.E.E.D track which is then submitted to a panel of judges. Participants in the audio category are asked to make a fresh remix of Nadia Ali’s ‘Love Story’ which is the Anthem of the festival.

A fashion show was organized on 27 December at Club Butter. Sunburn passes went live on 5 November 2010 with the early bird passes and pre-booking sale passes being sold out in 22 minutes.[4]

Sunburn Goa 2011[edit]

Sunburn Goa 2011 was held on 27–29 December at Candolim Beach. The main attraction was Above & Beyond, Axwell, Infected Mushroom, Spartaque

Sunburn Noida 2012[edit]

Sunburn Festival 2012 took place in Noida, India on October 7 at Unitech Golf and Country Club, Noida.[5]

Sunburn Goa 2012[edit]

Sunburn Festival 2012 was held in Candolim, Goa, India during Dec 27, 28 &29th.[6] Headlining acts in 2012 were by Sander Van Doorn , BT , Fedde Le Grand , W & W , Paul Van dyk , Roger Sanchez. Afterparties for Sunburn 2012 were held at LPK( Love Passion Karma ) and Sinq .

Sunburn Mumbai 2013[edit]

Sunburn Mumbai on 15-16 november and it is the second time the city host the festival The Line Up Include DJ Nash, DJ FLX, DJ SABI, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Paul Van Dyk, Fedde Le Grand, Showtek, Orjan nilsen, Adam beyer, Josh Wink, Wolf Pack, Tom Staar.

Sunburn Goa 2013[edit]

The 7th Edition of Sunburn at Goa will witness 120 Artists stretched over 3 days. It would have a 500,000 sq.m of exotic festival area with 7 massive stages. Over 1 Lakh participants are expected.[2]


Sunburn Festival 2007 2008 2009 2010
Attendees 10,000 20,000 35,000 86,490
Artists 36 45 66 92
Local audience 1,500 3,500 5,000 10,200
National audience 5,500 10,000 18,000 22,215
International 3,000 6,500 12,000 22,075
Fan Base 3,000 6,500 12,000 30,000
Stalls 10 30 65 90
Flea Market Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fire Jugglers Yes
Volleyball court Yes Yes
Massage centre Yes
Spa Yes No
Rock climbing Yes Yes Yes
Mechanical bull Yes
Digital photo zones Yes
Moonwalker Yes
Makeover lounge No
Sunset lounge Yes
Slippery football No Yes
Slippery volleyball Yes
The Shacks Yes
Experimental Stage Yes

Artists line-up[edit]

Line Up In 2007 Line Up In 2008 Line Up In 2009 Line Up In 2010 Line Up In 2011 Line Up In 2012
Above and Beyond GMS Armin Van Buuren Paul Van Dyk Above and Beyond Fedde le Grand
Carl Cox John 00 Fleming & Digital Blonde Roger Sanchez Ferry Corsten Pete Tong Sander van Doorn
Axwell Shapeshifters Sander Van Doorn Axwell Gabriel & Dresden Paul van Dyk
John 00 Fleming Pearl Sied Van Riel Aly & Fila Skazi Roger Sanchez
Pearl Richard Durand Nick Rafferty Pearl Jalebee Cartel Hilight Tribe
Midival Punditz Roger Shah John 00 Fleming Sultan & Ned Sheppard Funk Agenda BT (live)
Sergio Flores Midival Punditz Gordon Edge Richard Durand Pearl W & W
Super 8 & Tab Norman Doray Norman Doray Jalebee Cartel Jerome Isma-ae Richard Durand
Pete Gooding Jalebee Cartel Sultan Nadia Ali John 00 Fleming Norman Doray
Gordon Edge Shiva Soundsystem Jhonny Deep + Simon Sax Ma Faiza Ma Faiza AN21
Jaytech Ma Faiza Baba Robji GMS Anil Chawla & Dale Anderson James Zabiela
Tuhin Mehta Kris Correya Shy-o John 00 Fleming Liquid Soul funkagenda
Jalebee Cartel Simon Dunmore Domino Sanjay Dutta Perfect Stranger The Japanese Popstars
Anil Chawla Sanjay Dutta Pearl Ritkam & Bansi Laughing Buddha Sunnery James Ryan Marciano Spartaque
Simon Dunmore Tatva Kundalini Inferno Xerox & Illumination Sanjay Dutta Showtek
Sanay Dutta Shovell Ritesh Gonsalves Pete Gooding Lost Stories Paul Thomas
Arno Cost & Norman Doray Order of the Essence Vachan Chinnappa Protoculture RAE[disambiguation needed] Spektre
Shaair n Func Vachan Chinnappa Jalebee Cartel Vachan Chinnappa Brute Force Joof
James Grant Ajit Mmat B.R.E.E.D Nawed Khan Filterheadz
Stephen J Kroos Brute Force Sashanti Freeaatmah Shaan Jes (live)
Aldrin Karan Third Eye D Siren Anil Chawla & Dale Anderson Albin Myers
Nawed Khan Nawed Khan Greg Pidcock Tuhin Mehta Dirty Vegas
Karan Third Eye Charlee Ajit Nawed Khan KillerWatts (live)
Dj Ajit Maarten Klein Sanjay Dutta Clement Arnej
Clement Reji Ma Fiaza Karan Third Eye Pearl
Vishal Shetty Kris Correya Tuhin V-Shall Avalon
Janux Tatva Whosane! Ma Faiza (live)
Shy-o Dj Hiren Janux Sanjay Dutta
Pereira Jayant Luthrq Inferno Mash Anil Chawla
Dj Siren Voodoo XP Baba Robijn DJ Ajit
Janux Rohit Barker Anish Sood
Whosane Lost Stories Clement
Rohit Barker Phi Degrees Marcelo Vasami
James Harcourt Bay Beat Collective Jitter
Nasha Anish Sood Kohra
Vijay Chawla & Dominic Ras Ajit Sashanti (live)
Bay Beat Collective Funkagenda Rohit Barker
Clement DJ KINI RAO Vinayak A
Nawed Khan Talamasca
Dj Dale Lost Stories
Designer Hippies Shaan
BoomBaba Janux


  1. ^ CNN Article
  2. ^ a b "Sunburn 2013: Goa gears up for Asia's Largest Music Festival". Biharprabha News. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Afternoon Articles
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Sunburn Festival in Noida". DelhiBeat. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sunburn 2012". 

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