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    The eighth edition of Sunburn prepares to storm Goa

    The festival that put India on the world EDM map is back. Gear up for 204 hours of music and 150 artistes performing across eight stages. “This year the focus was on going deeper into EDM music, touching various new artistes and sub genres, from trap, dubstep, drum and bass and hardstyle, to house, electro, psy trance and electronica,” shares Sunburn CEO, Karan Singh. And thanks to popular demand, we also hear that they’ve extended the festival from a three-day one to a four-day gala, now ending on Tuesday night!

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    Headlining this year are Dutch EDM producer Sander Van Doorn (Saturday 27 December), and Australian electronic duo Knife Party (Sunday 28), who are debuting in India. Greek brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike take over the decks on Monday evening. Other highlights include psychedelic trance legend Avalon, and British DJ /record producer Paul Oakenfold. “It’s the biggest, most well respected electronic festival in India. A lot of us love to play it,” shares Oakenfold. “My set at Sunburn will have some big hits from Trance Mission. Also some new music from my latest album, Popkiller,” he elaborates.

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    Don’t miss American singer-songwriter Matthew Koma and trance vocalist Emma Hewitt. The iconic Cubezoid stage with its fusion of space, sound and world-class LED lighting creates a multi-sensory extravaganza. Singh also suggests that festival-goers participate in the ‘biggest drum circle facing the sunset’, led by Mumbai-based percussionist extraordinaire Anand Bhagat. As well as bungee jumping, zorbing and helicopter rides. At Vagator, Goa. Tickets (Rs.2,500 upwards a day) on bookmyshow.com

    — Maegan  Dobson Sippy

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