Pack your bags, tie your shoelaces and don’t forget to breathe. Sunburn 2015 promises to be like the penultimate episode on the Game of Thrones series. It’s the ninth year of the festival. So next year will cue massive celebrations. But you get the feeling that this year is really where it’s all going down, where all the action will truly take place. And next year will set the stage for the next decade.
It’s also good for fans to recall that Sunburn originated in 2007 with an audience of 2,000, so when you see half a million fans around you this year, you can appreciate how quickly the scene has exploded and how lucky we all are to enjoy this moment in time. Having said that, we give you a sneak peek into the goodies that Sunburn has on offer in 2015…
Indian EDM fans have never had it so easy. This year’s line-up is Sunburn’s biggest ever. Belgian siblings Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, the current holders of British electronic music bible DJ Mag are quite literally the number one attraction. The duo are a fixture at the world’s biggest festival Tomorrowland. They’ve been producing the festival’s anthem since 2010. It helps to have thousands of followers across the globe who throng the festival and also follow their music. Another massive draw is Martin Garrix, the world’s no 3 DJ. The Dutch teen sensation is probably closest in age to Sunburn’s fans. It’s easy to see the connection between his chart-topping tunes and his increasing popularity.
At the other end of the spectrum is David Guetta, one of EDM’s most bankable DJs and one of the world’s biggest pop stars. Guetta needs no introduction and this is his fourth tour of India. Fans will be itching to hear him play edits of his smash tunes from the past year, and the Frenchmen, as usual, managed several of them, including his collaboration with Afrojack and Rihanna, ‘Hey Mama’. Deviating from the EDM formula is Kygo, the 24-year-old Norwegian artist whose popularity has shot through the roof in the past year. Indian fans will definitely expect to hear his remix of English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran’s song, ‘I See Fire’. Don’t forget there are still hundreds of other artists you can pick from, but these four beats-men are the biggest of them all at Sunburn.
Shailendra Singh, Joint Managing Director of Percept, has often highlighted that Sunburn’s main stage is one of the biggest electronic music festival stages anywhere in the world. That it is set in an amphitheatre makes it all the more spectacular. In addition to the Dance Temple stage that Singh says ¨should make Indians proud, the Cubezoid and Space Station stages are all phenomenal production achievements build over years of trial-and-error, with local and international partners, all with an aim of giving India’s EDM fans a local festival they can be proud to call their own. Sunburn is where creativity and drama combine to present an incredible visual and aural extravaganza.
Asia’s biggest EDM carnival has more than stages and artists to keep you hooked. For starters, check out the Fan Village. Contests give you an opportunity to meet with your favourite EDM DJ who will all be housed in Asia’s largest artist village. For mains, indulge in food courts that have all kinds of cuisines and wash them down with cocktails and mocktails that are tailored to your tastes. If you really cannot bear being away from all the action, Sunburn’s on-site camping option will ensure that you’re in like-minded company and the sand never leaves your feet. The camping section will have its own shopping areas, a bar and exclusive parties so it’s like Sunburn with Sunburn - how’s that for an EDM-style Inception moment?
That’s not all. Do you like golden sunsets to cap an exciting day of music or as precursor to your favourite EDM headliner? Take a Sunburn Cruise. Do you feel like getting a bird’s-eye-view of the festival? Take a scintillating helicopter ride. Okay, so may be you’re not that adventurous. Perhaps an 80-foot Ferris Wheel that rewards you with views of the Arabian Sea on one side and hills on the other is more up your alley. Or a hot air balloon ride to find out what early folk music festival rides were like. There’s even more adventure in the form bungee jumping, where you can let yourself go.
If circus-style acts are more your thing then you will get a kick out of watching stilt walkers, fire artists, jugglers and more. Or try your hand at making tattoos by channeling your inner artist.
Get your tarot read and kick about with a football. There really is no activity that the organisers haven’t thought of for fans to be engage throughout the festival. And once you’re done with the festivities, you can be part of the Leave No Trace movement. The organisers have thoughtfully implemented this environment-friendly activity so you can leave the festival grounds just as you saw them. So when 2016 rolls around, it’ll be more likely than ever that your spot will be reserved again for you and your friends to revel in.
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