Sunburn Festival

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Sunburn Festival
Sunburn Festival, Goa, Trance music culture.jpg
GenreElectronic dance music
DatesLast Weekend/3 Days Of The Year
Location(s)Vagator, Goa (2007–2015)
Pune, Maharashtra (2016–2018)
Vagator, Goa (2019–Present)
Years active2007–present

Sunburn is a commercial electronic dance music festival held in India. From 2007 to 2015, to took place in Vagator, Goa, India every year, but in 2016 it was shifted to Pune, Maharashtra. However, for 2019, the festival came back to it home town in Vagator, Goa. It is Asia's largest music festival. The festival is an amalgamation of Music, Entertainment, Food and Shopping, and was ranked by CNN in 2009 as one of the Top 10 Festivals in the world.[1] Mayank Kataria is the major event promoter. The Festival was incepted by serial entrepreneur Shailendra Singh,[2] while Jt MD of Percept. Under his captaincy, the festival grew to be ranked the 3rd largest dance festival in the world, after Tomorrowland and Ultra as per the IMS APAC Business Report 2014.[3] Spread over 3 days, the festival has multiple stages with artists playing simultaneously.[4]


Electronic music parties/events/festivals are not new to Goa and much earlier pioneers of free party's/events/festivals with live DJs mixing, art, crafts and food stalls started in the late 1980s and continued through all of the 1990s into the early 2000s where they played Goa trance, Psychedelic trance, and Techno and were held at Vagator Beach, Anjuna beach and Arambol beach. The arrival of commercialized events such as Sunburn arrived in Goa when mainstream electronic dance music gained more widespread popularity within India.

Sunburn Goa 2007[edit]

In 2007, Shailendra Singh organized the first International Dance Music Festival in Goa, India. Sunburn Goa 2007 was sponsored by Smirnoff and took place on 28–29 December 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 themed Electric Circus and was held on two main stages: "Banyan Tree" for Trance acts and "Circus Stage" for House music. The event also included a flea market and beach volleyball games. 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, DJ 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 DJ Pearl, Ma Faiza, Anish Sood and Sanjay Dutta.

For the 2010 festival, Percept ran a "Sunburn Anthem Contest"[5] 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.[6]

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 Goa 2012[edit]

Sunburn Festival 2012 was held in Candolim, Goa, India during 27, 28 Dec & 29.[7] Headlining acts in 2012 were by Sander Van Doorn, BT, Fedde Le Grand, W & W, Paul van Dyk, Roger Sanchez. After-parties for Sunburn 2012 were held at LPK (Love Passion Karma) and Sinq.

Sunburn Goa 2013[edit]

Shraddha Kapoor among the audience at Sunburn Festival, 2013

The 7th Edition of Sunburn at Goa took place in Vagator witnessed around 120 Artists and over 200 hours of Music. it had over 10,000sq.m,of exotic festival area with 7 massive stages. Headline DJs were Afrojack, Axwell, Pete Tong, Ummet Ozcan and many more Over 1 Lakh participants were expected.[4]

Sunburn concerts in IITs, NITs, LNMIIT, BITS, IIMs, IISERs& Other Colleges[edit]

Many IITs, NSIT, NITs IIIT and few AIIMS also witnessed numerous Indian and International artists. BITS Pilani Goa Campus was the first college to ever host the sunburn on campus.


This strategy by Sunburn helps grow the craze of Electronic Dance Music in teenagers and it also shows a new modern trend evolving in colleges throughout India. NIT Calicut hosted Sunburn in October 2013 (ft. DJ Clement) as a part of their Annual Technical Festival Tathva. Thakur College of Engineering & Technology- Mumbai hosted Sunburn in September 2013 (featuring DJ Candice Redding and NDS & BLU) additionally, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus also successfully hosted Sunburn during Oasis 2014, the annual cultural festival of BITS PILANI. Annual cultural fest of LNMIIT Vivacity was first to host sunburn festival in Rajasthan in 2015. AAROHI, the annual cultural festival of VNIT, Nagpur and one of the largest and oldest in Central India, witnessed the performance by DJ Kash Trivedi at Sunburn Campus in 2015. DCSMAT Institutions,Vagamon hosted sunburn in their campus for the first time during LUMINANCE 2K15 and has been hosting them since then till 2018. Candice Redding along with DJ Shaan had performed in the second edition of Sunburn at Vivacity 2016. This was the only time when passes of Sunburn was free of cost. NIT Trichy hosted Sunburn (featuring DJ Candice Redding) during Festember '14, their annual cultural festival.[8] IIIT-Bhubaneswar also successfully hosted Sunburn in ADVAITA 2014, Annual Cultural festival of IIIT Bhubaneswar. IIM Kashipur also hosted Sunburn in January 2015 as a part of their Cultural Fest Agnitraya 2015, other premier Institute like Graphic Era University, Dehradun in May 2015, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra also hosted Sunburn in March 2015 as a part of their Annual Fest Bitotsav. IIT Indore hosted sunburn in Fluxus 2016.

Jaypee University of Information Technology ,Solan (HP) hosted Sunburn in LE FIESTUS 2015 include Sunburn festival with DJ LIZA BROWN and LOST STORIES.

Jaypee University of Engineering & Technology ,Guna (MP) hosted Sunburn in D'Equinox 2016 include Sunburn festival with Ankur Sood, Progressive Brothers and Candice Redding but it turned out to be a flop event. MBM engineering college, Jodhpur also hosted sunburn in April 2016 as a part of their fest vigour2k16.

Biggest ever Sunburn Campus was hosted by Antaragni,IIT Kanpur in 2017 where Kshmr performed in his first ever college show.

In January 2018, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal hosted Sunburn featuring Ninasuerete and Get Massive as part of the institute's annual cultural fest Enthuzia,2018. Recently in March 2018, Government Engineering College Calicut also hosted sunburn with sax dj Ola Ras and Gaurav Mehta.On 15 December 2019, NIT Raipur also hosted sunburn campus on its annual sports fest "SAMAR".

In February 2020 , Indian Institute Of Information Technology Gwalior hosted Sunburn featuring Olly Esse and AceAxe. In March 2020 Government Engineering College Palakkad hosting the Sunburn featuring Olly Esse. On March 14, 2020 Government Engineering College Trivandrum, Barton Hill hosting the Sunburn featuring Progressive Brothers.

Sunburn Goa 2014[edit]

The 8th edition took place in Vagator on 27 to 30 December 2014 and for the first time the festival was extended for an extra day and was performed by World no 2 DJ then Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and witnessed around 150 DJs. Known artists includes Knife Party, Sander van Doorn, Sasha, Krewella, Baauer, Danny Avila, Head Hunterz, Deniz Koyu, Dubvision, Paul Oakenfold, Matthew Koma, MAKJ, Michael and Tarzan Woods performed at the festival.

Sunburn Goa 2015[edit]

The 9th edition is another 4 day event at Vagator, Goa. On 20 November 2015 Sunburn Goa's international ticketing partner, Viagogo, announced that the festival has become one of the largest international music festivals in Asia,[9] with people from more than 42 countries buying tickets on the viagogo platform. On 24 November 2015, the management of Sunburn Goa also released a statement citing this fact and proving to fans in India that they did not need to travel halfway around the world to get the same experience as Festival Tomorrowland. Sunburn Goa 2015 is expected to draw the largest crowds since its inception.[10] This year's artist lineup will be equally lavish with over 120 artists like Sam Feldt, KYGO, Seth Troxler, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, DJ SMITH, Kshmr, David Guetta, Dyro, Felix Jaehn, Zaeden and Art Department taking the stage.

Sunburn Pune 2016[edit]

The 10th anniversary celebration of Sunburn festival took place in Pune, Maharashtra. After much controversy of festival being moved from Goa and finding a new home in Pune, Sunburn finally took place from 28 December to 31 December at the Kesanand Hills, Pune. The festival was headlined by the likes of Trance Legend Armin Van Buerren, Progressive Duo Axwell & Ingrosso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Afrojack and finally a 90-minute midnight set by Kshmr.

Sunburn Pune 2017[edit]

11th edition of sunburn festival took place in oxford golf resort pune, Maharashtra lineup for its 11th edition was KSHMR, Dimitri vegas& Like mike, DJ snake, Martin garrix, Afrojack,Clean bandit. Martin garrix closed sunburn festival 2017.


Sunburn Festival 2007 2008 2009 2010
Attendees 10 20 350 495
Artists 36 45 66 92
Local audience 15 35 45 60
National audience 5,500 25,000 38,000 93,215
International 3,000 6,500 32,000 42,075
Fan Base 3,000 6,500 32,000 50,000
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
Digital Impressions per 4 days
Peak Facebook page visit per day

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 ganta 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 Simplicity
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
Mayaadh Mahir
Arno Cost & Norman Doray Order of the Essence Vachan Chinnappa Protoculture DJ RAE 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 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 aka Browncoat KillerWatts (live)
Dj Ajit Maarten Klein Sanjay Dutta Clement Arnej
Clement Reji Ma Fiaza Karan Third Eye Pearl
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 Arjun Shark Vinayak Bhai
Nawed Khan Talamasca Armando Ferreira Alvares
Dj Dale Lost Stories Dj Prajwal (sunny)
Designer Hippies V-Vek Dewdani
BoomBaba Janux


See also[edit]


  1. ^ CNN Article Archived 10 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Singh, Shailendra (15 December 2014). The True Story of Sunburn. English, India: Embassy Books India; 1st edition. pp. 20–23. ISBN 978-9383359738.
  3. ^ International Music Summit. "IMS Business Report 2014: Asia-Pacific edition by Kevin Watson" (PDF). IMS APAC Report.
  4. ^ a b "Sunburn 2013: Goa gears up for Asia's Largest Music Festival". Biharprabha News. 24 December 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Afternoon Articles
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Sunburn 2012".
  8. ^ "Sunburn at NITT". Sunburn.
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