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The sixth edition of Go:Madras brings down 32 DJs and a host of other activities next weekend

EDM pounding on our beach-front from morning to night just means thatA� Go:Madras, the citya��s home-grown Electronic Dance Music festival, is back with their party weekend. Now in its sixth edition, they are sticking to their noon-to-10 pm format and this yeara��s festival will see 32 DJs from domestic and international circuits come together for one continuous party. a�?Except for the DJs, wea��re trying to keep the scale and feel of the festival just the same,a�? explains DJ Shiva Moon, one of the promoters. Headlining this yeara��s trance-a-thon will be the record label runners, DJs James Harcourt and Slam.

What is different, however, is the production and theme of the dance areas. a�?Ita��s all about the colour, visuals and elements that go into creating the ambience,a�? Shiva says, explaining that the lawn area at Radisson Blu Temple Bay will house bars, lounges and a VIP area, where the first leg of the festivities will unfurl. a�?For the after-party, wea��ll be doing up the inner space like a Berlin night-club, with an industrial feel to it,a�? he adds.
As the countdown begins, the DJs are finalising their set lists. a�?The city has a very educated crowd when it comes to EDM, which is why we look forward to playing here,a�? says DJ Kohra, who will be experimenting with deep house and progressive tunes. All the DJs will play one-hour sets, while the head-liners get two-hour sets.

This year, the organisers believe the daily crowd will surge to about 2,000 people.A�A� a�?Pre-bookings aside, Go:Madras has become a destination festival. There are people who come from all over and stay in Mahabalipuram for the weekend,a�? says Shiva. His partner-in-rhyme, DJ Tuhin Mehta (aka Bruteforce), adds, a�?The reputation of the festival has travelled pretty far internationally. That is why DJs like Harcourt were willing to come without a tour schedule. Even for Indian DJs like Ash Roy and Nikhil Chinapa, ita��s the place to be!a�?

Also look out for the flea market, with stalls selling merchandisea��like festival tees and EDM hitsa��from the performing artistes, and an art installation created by the in-house team.

On September 20 and 21, at Radisson Blu Temple Bay, Mamallapuram. Details: gomadras.in

a��Daniel Thimmayya