If the recent movie Soundtrack, based on Canadian fictional film, It’s All Gone Pete Tong (2004) fascinated you with its unusual story about a deaf DJ, you can now groove to the music of the real McCoy whose name figured in the movie title. Tong will be performing at Sunburn, the annual three-day electronic dance music (EDM) festival to be held from December 27 to 29 at Goa’s Candolim beach. Apart from the English DJ, acts like Laughing Budhha, Gabriel & Dresden and Rae are also scheduled to spin at the fest.
“Besides the lineup, Sunburn has always been more about the experience. We promise festival goers three times more fun than last year. It has emerged as a ‘glocal’ property — produced locally and recognised globally,” says Shailendra Singh, joint managing director, Percept Limited, the organisers of the fest.
However, Singh reveals that putting together a festival is no mean task, “The going is never easy. We even lost money the first two years. To make sure it is a success, we have to look at the event management, economics and positioning of the festival,” he adds. His company is also working on three more music festivals, to be held in Bangalore, Delhi and Goa starting January next year. “The three festivals include a DJ contest called Superstar and another fest called New Moon that will feature a host of bands. Besides, we are also working on putting together a world music fest,” he adds.
Last weekend, a Sunburn pre-party was held at Blue Frog, with Dutch DJ, Marco V, spinning progressive trance. “It was my first show in Mumbai and I’m glad that the city has a lot of takers for the kind of music I perform,” said Marco V.
Spinning at Sunburn
* Pete Tong (England); Trance, Balearic
* Laughing Buddha (UK); Goa trance
* Gabriel & Dresdem (USA); Progressive trance, electronica, house
* Above & Beyond (Britain); Progressive trance
* DJs Perfect Stranger, Dale Anderson, Funkagenda, Jalebee Cartel among others.