EDM festival

Government receives proposal for yet another EDM festival


After EDM festivals like Sunburn, Supersonic and now Time Out 72, the government has received yet another proposal for an EDM festival in Goa. This time from a Goan based company that wants to hold it in Candolim in December.

The proposal comes four months after a businessman from Ahmedabad approached the government to host a mega festival at Vagator also in December. A government official confirmed they are in receipt of both applications, one of which intends to host the festival on a smaller scale.

The EDM festival craze in Goa

Goa is no stranger to music or music festivals. The Sunburn Festival used to be held in Goa every year from 2007 right up to 2015 in the month of December faithfully. Goa has witnessed some of the best DJs in the world playing right here. Famous names include Avicii, Ferry Corsten, Paul Van Dyk, Norman Doray, and the like.

Similarly, Supersonic was another EDM festival that was held in Goa. Under the direction of Nikhil Chinapa, after he split from Sunburn, it too was held on Candolim beach for at least 4 years running.

Unfortunately, government regulations have led to both festivals being pushed out of the state. While it is a blessing for some, it’s a major loss of exposure and revenue as far as tourism is concerned.

But now, it looks like Goa just might get newer and smaller EDM festivals to help with that. One being Time Out 72 which looks all set to ensure that Goa parties like mad during those 3 days. Artists lined up so far are Jason Derulo, Wiz Khalifa, and Martin Garrix. The remaining line up will be out soon. You can get updates from the official website as well.

The second EDM festival is yet to be named and this time it is coming from a Goan based company.

“Yes, State Level Permission Committee (SLPC) has received the proposals and these are under consideration,” the official said.

Permission to hold EDM Festivals

In May, the Department of Tourism received a proposal from M/s Sudarshan Entertainment Pvt Ltd (Limited Liability Partnership), Ahmedabad. They were asking “Time Out 72 Music Festival” from December 28 to 29, 2017 at Vagator.

It is learned that the festival has been granted in-principle approval, however, talks are still on to get the final and official permissions required.

“Goa welcomes a brand new, multi-genre festival that will take place at Vagator in North Goa. Time Out 72 Music Fest is the latest inclusion to the music culture of Goa, and comes at a time when the region needed much reviving after being deprived of a vital part of the culture and festive spirit,” reads their website while one of the promoters stated, “There is no denying that Goa has been a hotbed for the music scene in India since the very beginning of time and it was our first priority to secure the venue. We are very grateful to the authorities for their co-operation in the matter. We will ensure all statutory requirements are met within the course of time.”

A Goa-based music company from Pernem, according to sources has now decided get into the mix. They have proposed to hold the event with a capacity of 4000 pax at Candolim. “It has to comply with several norms which will be conveyed only after which the SPC will hold another meeting to decide granting it the permission,” he said.