Sunburn could easily be one of the biggest EDM festivals in the Eastern Hemisphere. With some of the biggest names in the game playing at Sunburn over the past few years, fans have really started to rally behind this festival. Unfortunately, it looks like it could be tough times ahead.
With Sunburn being in the Indian state of Goa for its next edition, some of Goa's higher up's had some harsh words on the festival and EDM festivals in general. Goa’s Minister for Water Resources Vinod Palyekar declared his basic refusal to the idea of the festival
“In the past we witnessed deaths due to drug overdose at the EDMs. As a true Goemkar, it’s my duty to oppose a festival of this kind, tooth and nail. At any cost, I will not allow [EDM] to malign state’s image”
Another report from Herald Goa published his interview in which he said,
“I am for good tourism in the State and we need to have a Tourism Policy in order to attract quality tourists who will come and spend heavily and in return would get quality time in the State. We cannot allow brand Goa’s name to get tarnished at any cost”
Meanwhile, Tourism minister Manohar (Babu) Azgaonkar had put himself on Sunburn’s side. However in a recent meeting the committee decided that Sunburn has to pay the dues before it’s case is considered viable and can be acted upon. As EDM fans and enthusiasts we should all hope for a positive outcome in this situation as it looks like we are losing festivals day by day.
Source: Herald Goa | Navhind Times | EDMtunes