This year, the Sunburn festival, to be held from December 27-29 at Goa’s Candolim beach will boast separate entry queues for women. “This will make sure that women safely enter the premises. Sometimes, men get aggressive, so we are trying to prevent any hassles for the women,” says Shailendra Singh, of Percept Limited, organisers of the three-day event, which will feature artistes like Pete Tong, Gabriel & Dresden and Aboye & Beyond.
To help women fetch their drinks peacefully, the venue will also house two exclusive bar counters. “Since men usually outnumber women at the fest, these special bars will help women get their drinks without getting caught in a crowd. Also, these bars will ensure that the men are extra polite to women, if they have to request them to get them a drink too!” reasons Singh. Besides, at the common bars open for both sexes the organisers have also introduced a spiral channel leading up to the counters.”
Moreover, security will be spruced up at the venue. “The festival has grown three times bigger in size since the last time. We have deployed 400 security personnel this year, which include 50 women guards. If needed, we can increase the number,” says Singh.
In 2009, when 23-year-old Neha Bahuguna died of a drug overdose at the fest. Singh insists on a ‘zero tolerance policy’ towards drugs, adding that, “There will also be special medical and disaster management teams in case of emergencies.”