Percept, the organisers of Sunburn Festival, have confirmed speculations of the festival’s new venue via a post on their Facebook page. After nine years of beach bliss in Goa, Sunburn will be celebrating its tenth anniversary at Kesnand, Pune from December 28th to the 31st.
The organisers have previously dropped hints that the festival could be moving to Maharashtra, and their Facebook update now confirms it. Fans have been anxiously waiting for an announcement from the festival regarding the change of venue but, based on some of the responses, they aren’t too pleased with the new change.
Most of the complaints were voiced by those who have booked and paid for hotel accommodation in Goa. “I have booked my apartment, tickets and they are all non-refundable. It doesn’t matter that Sunburn is in Pune now, but at least they should tell us earlier so we can plan accordingly,” a ticket holder wrote in reply to their video post regarding the new venue, though some are excited over this change of venue.
The decision clearly wasn’t an easy one to make, and festival organisers and Goa authorities are each citing different reasons for the location change. “Nine years at the Sunburn Festival home in Goa had been amazing. We have had full support from the state, everyone there and each and everyone one of you.”
“This year the story changed a bit, maybe due to infrastructure constraints or forthcoming elections. With months having passed since our application was filed for Sunburn10 to be held in Goa, we still wait for an official response from the Goa Government and local authorities. We have been waiting patiently for months for a clear direction to emerge but unfortunately that hasn’t happened,” stated the organisers.
However, tourism minister, Dilip Parulekar, said otherwise. He claimed that the state government was ready to issue permission for the tenth edition of Sunburn in the State of Goa provided that Percept pays the Rs 2 crore (USD320, 000) due to the police department. “The government was always open to hold such EDM festivals like Sunburn, as Goa is a touristic place and people come here to enjoy. I have always welcomed such festivals, but the organisers had to first clear the dues, only after which a green signal would have been given to the festival. It was up to the organisers whether they wanted to hold the festival in Goa or in some other state,” Parulekar said to The Herald.
Sunburn Festival’s Phase 1 lineup will be announced on 4th November. There will also be a surprise for the Early Bird ticket holders. Check out their official announcement below.