Sunburn or Supersonic? We pit the two biggest year-end gigs against one another

HT48HRS_Special Updated: Dec 17, 2015 21:42 IST
Anurag Tagat,HT48Hours,Supersonic


Sunburn: The north-lying green shores of Vagator, overlooking the Chapora River.

Supersonic: They usurped Sunburn’s original holy ground, taking over the central Candolim Beach.



Sunburn: Heavy-hitters who are becoming regular visitors — David Guetta (on his third visit), Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Martin Garrix (both on their second visit in a year). For ardent followers of EDM, they’ll have to be sated by two new names – Norwegian DJ Kygo and Indian-origin Californian producer KSHMR, also known as Niles Hollowell-Dhar.

David Guetta

Supersonic: This is where you get to wonder if Sunburn and Supersonic are making backroom deals about who gets to book which artist. Supersonic is headlined by Axwell (Sunburn 2013 headliner) and Zedd (the producer behind Ariana Grande’s Break Free is on his second India trip). But then there’s a DJ set by UK brothers Disclosure, who make their India debut hot on the heels of their collaboration with Lorde on the song Magnets.


Hipster value

Sunburn: Hipsters we know wouldn’t be caught dead at Sunburn, but then again, there’s Michigan techno/deep house frontrunner Seth Troxler performing. Among Indian producers, we’d see a smaller group checking out Pune producer Big City Harmonics, Delhi hip-hop and trap producer Su Real and Mumbai producers Squidworks and Zokhuma.

Supersonic: They’ve got dream pop producer Mala, drum and bass producer Netsky, hip hop/dubstep group Foreign Beggars: a few more than Sunburn that might just make a hipster drop his guard.


Other foreign acts

Sunburn: If you’ve ever been to a Sunburn event, these are all familiar names. Aly & Fila to Thomas Newson and Bass Jackers.

Supersonic: Niche artists emerging from the underground we thought would never play in India again, including Alix Perez and Albin Myers. You’ve got to hand it to them for bringing down Belgian drum and bass producer Netsky for his India debut.

Albin Myers


Ticket pricing

Sunburn: Interestingly, there’s an EMI option. But here’s what you need to know. Student: Rs 9,000 (season pass); general admission: Rs 11,200 (season pass); Rs 2,800 to 3,400 (early entry day pass); Rs 4,500-5,500 (regular day pass); VIP: Rs 18,500 (season pass).

Supersonic: General admission: Rs 6,096 (season pass), Rs 10,482 (couples season pass); VIP: Rs 10,000 (single person season pass), Rs 17,193 (couples season pass).


Indian acts

Sunburn: While they’ve experimented with new Indian electronic names such as Ox7gen and Sandunes in the past, Sunburn is sticking to the big guns this time, from Nucleya to Anish Sood to Dualist Inquiry.

Psst: Sunburn head honcho Shailendra Singh’s DJ son Shaan has a stage all to himself.

Electronica producer Nucleya

Supersonic: It looks a bit like all in the family for Nikhil Chinapa, who’s called on his brother Vachan Chinnappa for his bass-heavy rhythms, and his wife, house music producer Pearl. Although, to be fair, they’re bringing down Indian-bred bass veteran B.R.E.E.D., Arjun Vagale, audio-visual DJs BLOT!.


Special Stages

Sunburn: Apart from the 250 sqft main stage, there’s the Label stage for record labels to showcase their talent, while Midival Punditz producer Gaurav Raina is curating the Experimental Stage. There’s also genre-specific stages such as the Psy stage and the Techno/Deep House Stage.

Supersonic: While Nikhil Chinapa and his team at Submerge curate most artists, special stages this year include the Laboratoire Supersonique stage by bass aficionados UKF & Armshouse, and Spectrum by Dutch techno curators Awakenings.



Sunburn: They weren’t the first movers with a line-up announcement, but they’ve been busy hosting the likes of Hardwell, Tiesto and DJ Snake in the run-up to the Goa edition. Rest assured, there’ll be a few of Shailendra Singh’s celebrity friends at the festival.

Supersonic: When you have Arcade shows throughout the year with the likes of Skrillex, you know you’ve got all the attention you need. Supersonic announced its first phase of headliners on its own, but allowed fans to ‘unlock’ the full line-up by calling an IVR phone number. Who uses IVR anymore?


First Published: Dec 17, 2015 00:00 IST