While landmark dance music festivals Sunburn and Supersonic currently have India’s Goa grooving to artists like David Guetta, Kygo, and Disclosure, expect their schedules to differ considerably next year.
According to the India Times, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has told promoters Percept and Viacom 18 that festival dates cannot be held during the peak tourist season next year.
“I called both the organizers [Sunburn’s Percept Ltd and Supersonic’s Viacom 18] and told them that this would not be tolerated,” Parsekar said. “The dates of both the events should not clash and they should be conducted before Dec. 15 or after Jan. 15 from the next year.”
According to the India Times, the government’s decision results from the anticipation of unmanageable tourist, traffic and security conditions during the holiday season, and the fear of dissuading high-end tourists from visiting the Vagator and Candolim areas.
With the ninth anniversary of the first Sunburn music festival coming up, organizers claim that this season will see double the amount of attendees this year. The festival reportedly drew 160,000 attendees in 2014.
h/t: India Times