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    Over 40 artistes, a flea market and Enfield rides—the eighth edition of Go:Madras has it all.

    GET ready, people! This weekend, Mahabalipuram is going to witness yet another edition of the city’s favourite EDM festival, Go:Madras. This time, it is bigger with over 40 artistes giving you 40 hours of non-stop music. Founded in 2009 by three friends—Shiv Gupta, Tuhin Mehta and S Hema—it started with a footfall of around 1,000 and is now expecting a crowd of 3,000. While enjoying the music, drinks and the picturesque sunset, don’t forget the food at the Radisson Blu Temple Bay where a special menu awaits, besides a range of activities for the sports inclined.

    Eyes on three
    The highlights at the console this time are Adrian Hour from Argentina, E-Clip (Marko Radovanovic) and Maksim Dark from Russia, all of whom have had a busy 2016 so far. Hour, who performs under the labels Suara and Toolroom Records, is fresh from his techno house performance at the BPM Festival in Mexico this January, while Radovanovic, with his psychedelic and progressive trance, impressed many at shows in various global festivals like Elysium Island, Exit, Antaris and Free Earth. As for young Dark, he just released a new album in March, called Acidstage Ep, under the label Sci+Tec. Accompanying the three will be our own indie artistes like Arjun Vagale, Bit of Both, Sequ3l, Shiva Moon, Sleepwalker, and others.

    The perfect shot
    Coming to food and drinks, Hema, one of the founders, reveals, “We are excited to associate with Absolut & Jameson as our festival partners. They will be creating some exclusive cocktails for the event. We also have every party-goer’s go-to shooter, the Jaegermeister Bomb with Red Bull. On the food front, Radisson Blu Temple Bay has a special menu (including dosas, pastas, sandwiches, wraps and Mongolian noodles), while Amadora has set up a stall stocked with their popular ice-creams.”

    Into the water
    For the sports and adventure junkie, there is paintball and activities like scuba diving, surfing, jet skis, ATV and boat rides. At the flea market, you can find sky lanterns, flip flops, T-shirts and more, adds Hema. What’s more? Bikers can test ride the latest models from Royal Enfield. It will be bringing the latest editions of its Himalayan and other cruiser models.

    September 10-11. Tickets from Rs 3,000 on eventjini.com. Details: gomadras.in

    —Karan Pillai

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