Sunburn Festival

Sunburn is a commercial electronic dance music festival held in India. It was previously in Vagator, Goa, India every year, but now has been shifted to Pune in Maharashtra. It is Asia's largest music festival. The festival is an amalgamation of Music, Entertainment, Food and Shopping, and was ranked by CNN in 2009 as one of the Top 10 Festivals in the world. The Festival was incepted by serial entrepreneur Shailendra Singh, while Jt MD of Percept. Under his captaincy, the festival grew to be ranked the 3rd largest dance festival in the world, after Tomorrowland and Ultra as per the IMS APAC Business Report 2014. Spread over 3 days, the festival has multiple stages with artists playing simultaneously.


Electronic music parties/events/festivals are not new to Goa and much earlier pioneers of free party's/events/festivals with live DJs mixing, art, crafts and food stalls started in the late 1980s and continued through all of the 1990s into the early 2000s where they played Goa trance, Psychedelic trance, and Techno and were held at Vagator Beach, Anjuna beach and Arambol beach. The arrival of commercialized events such as Sunburn arrived in Goa when mainstream electronic dance music gained more widespread popularity within India.

Sunburn Goa 2007

In 2007, Shailendra Singh organized the first International Dance Music Festival in Goa, India. Sunburn Goa 2007 was sponsored by Smirnoff and took place on 28–29 December at Candolim Beach. In its first year Sunburn included performances from Carl Cox, Above & Beyond and Axwell as headline acts. Other acts included John 00 Fleming, Pete Gooding, DJ Pearl, Jalebee Cartel, Super 8 & Tab, held on two stages with DJs playing simultaneously. The festival was hosted by Nikhil Chinapa and Rohit Barker. The line-up announcement and early bird passes commenced during the end of October.

Sunburn Goa 2008

Sunburn Goa 2008 was themed Electric Circus and was held on two main stages: "Banyan Tree" for Trance acts and "Circus Stage" for House music. The event also included a flea market and beach volleyball games. Having tied up with Defected Records in 2008, the label brought house DJs Simon Dunmore, Shapeshifters, Copyright and percussionist Shovel playing. Headlining the festival were GMS, Gareth Emery and John 00 Fleming. The acts were Digital Blonde, Roger Shah, DJ Pearl, Brute Force, Nawed Khan, Vachan Chinnappa, Jalebee Cartel, Sanjay Dutta, and Ma Faiza. The visuals were produced by Dan booth, Martin Robins, Vj Kaycee & Inferno. Sunburn Goa 2008 took place on 27–29 December at Candolim Beach Goa. The title sponsors of Sunburn Goa 2008 were Fly Kingfisher, Carlsberg and Force India.

Sunburn Goa 2009

Sunburn Goa 2009 had turnout of over 22,000 fans. It also saw the launch of "After Dark" parties which took place at club Butter from 10.30 pm until 5 am, making Sunburn a 24-hour festival. Sunburn brought DJ Armin Van Buuren, who headlined the festival along with Latin House DJs Roger Sanchez and John 00 Fleming. Sunburn’s line-up also included tech house DJ Sultan and Trance DJ Sander Van Doorn. Previously in 2008, Sunburn had tied up with Defected Records, but in 2009 Sunburn tied up with UK clubbing company Gatecrashers. Acts included Jalebee Cartel, DJ Pearl, Ma Faiza, Nawed Khan and Designer Hippies. The festival was hosted by Nikhil Chinapa and Rohit Barker. In addition to the previous year’s attractions, Sunburn Goa 2009 included a rock climbing wall and Thai foot masseurs.

Sunburn Goa 2010

Sunburn Goa 2010, took place on 27–29 December at Candolim Beach. The festival was sponsored by Tuborg. The headliners of the 2010 festival were Paul Van Dyk, Ferry Corsten and Axwell along with Sultan & Ned Shepard with Nadia Ali (Live), Richard Durand, GMS, Pete Gooding, Aly & Fila and DJs DJ Pearl, Ma Faiza, Anish Sood and Sanjay Dutta.

For the 2010 festival, Percept ran a "Sunburn Anthem Contest" for potential audio and visual producers, with participants in the visual category allowed to make a visual for a B.R.E.E.D track which is then submitted to a panel of judges. Participants in the audio category are asked to make a fresh remix of Nadia Ali’s ‘Love Story’ which is the Anthem of the festival.

A fashion show was organized on 27 December at Club Butter. Sunburn passes went live on 5 November 2010 with the early bird passes and pre-booking sale passes being sold out in 22 minutes.

Sunburn Goa 2011

Sunburn Goa 2011 was held on 27–29 December at Candolim Beach. The main attraction was Above & Beyond, Axwell, Infected Mushroom, Spartaque

Sunburn Goa 2012

Sunburn Festival 2012 was held in Candolim, Goa, India during 27, 28 Dec & 29. Headlining acts in 2012 were by Sander Van Doorn, BT, Fedde Le Grand, W & W, Paul van Dyk, Roger Sanchez. After-parties for Sunburn 2012 were held at LPK (Love Passion Karma) and Sinq.

Sunburn Goa 2013

The 7th Edition of Sunburn at Goa took place in Vagator witnessed around 120 Artists and over 200 hours of Music. it had over 10,000sq.m,of exotic festival area with 7 massive stages. Headline DJs were Afrojack, Axwell, Pete Tong, Ummet Ozcan and many more Over 1 Lakh participants were expected.

Sunburn concerts in IITs, NITs, IIMs, IISERs& Other Colleges

Many IITs, NSIT ,NITs IIIT and few AIIMS also witnessed numerous Indian and International artists. BITS Pilani Goa Campus was the first college to ever host the sunburn on campus.

This strategy by Sunburn helps grow the craze of Electronic Dance Music in teenagers and it also shows a new modern trend evolving in colleges throughout India. NIT Calicut hosted Sunburn in October 2013 (ft. DJ Clement) as a part of their Annual Technical Festival Tathva. Thakur College of Engineering & Technology- Mumbai hosted Sunburn in September 2013 (featuring DJ Candice Redding and NDS & BLU) additionally, BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus also successfully hosted Sunburn during Oasis 2014, the annual cultural festival of BITS PILANI. Annual cultural fest of LNMIIT Vivacity was first to host sunburn festival in Rajasthan in 2015. AAROHI, the annual cultural festival of VNIT, Nagpur and one of the largest and oldest in Central India, witnessed the performance by DJ Kash Trivedi at Sunburn Campus in 2015. DCSMAT Institutions,Vagamon hosted sunburn in their campus for the first time during LUMINANCE 2K15 and has been hosting them since then till 2018. Candice Redding along with DJ Shaan had performed in the second edition of Sunburn at Vivacity 2016. This was the only time when passes of Sunburn was free of cost. NIT Trichy hosted Sunburn (featuring DJ Candice Redding) during Festember '14, their annual cultural festival. IIIT-Bhubaneswar also successfully hosted Sunburn in ADVAITA 2014, Annual Cultural festival of IIIT Bhubaneswar. IIM Kashipur also hosted Sunburn in January 2015 as a part of their Cultural Fest Agnitraya 2015, other premier Institute like Graphic Era University, Dehradun in May 2015, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra also hosted Sunburn in March 2015 as a part of their Annual Fest Bitotsav. IIT Indore hosted sunburn in Fluxus 2016.

Jaypee University of Information Technology ,Solan (HP) hosted Sunburn in LE FIESTUS 2015 include Sunburn festival with DJ LIZA BROWN and LOST STORIES.

Jaypee University of Engineering & Technology ,Guna (MP) hosted Sunburn in D'Equinox 2016 include Sunburn festival with Ankur Sood, Progressive Brothers and Candice Redding but it turned out to be a flop event. MBM engineering college, Jodhpur also hosted sunburn in April 2016 as a part of their fest vigour2k16.

Biggest ever Sunburn Campus was hosted by Antaragni,IIT Kanpur in 2017 where Kshmr performed in his first ever college show.

In January 2018, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal hosted Sunburn featuring Ninasuerete and Get Massive as part of the Institute's annual cultural fest Enthuzia,2018. Recently in March 2018, Government Engineering College Calicut also hosted sunburn with sax dj Ola Ras and Gaurav Mehta.On 15th December 2019, NIT Raipur also hosted sunburn campus on its annual sports fest "SAMAR".

In February 2020 Xavier University Bhubaneswar hosted the Sunburn Featuring Lost Stories. In March 2020 Government Engineering College Palakkad hosting the Sunburn featuring Olly Esse. In March 14 2020 Government Engineering College Trivandrum, Barton Hill hosting the Sunburn featuring Progressive Brothers.

Sunburn Goa 2014

The 8th edition took place in Vagator on 27 to 30 December 2014 and for the first time the festival was extended for an extra day and was performed by World no 2 DJ then Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and witnessed around 150 DJs. Known artists includes Knife Party, Sander van Doorn, Sasha, Krewella, Baauer, Danny Avila, Head Hunterz, Deniz Koyu, Dubvision, Paul Oakenfold, Matthew Koma, MAKJ, Michael and Tarzan Woods performed at the festival.

Sunburn Goa 2015

The 9th edition is another 4 day event at Vagator, Goa. On 20 November 2015 Sunburn Goa's international ticketing partner, Viagogo, announced that the festival has become one of the largest international music festivals in Asia, with people from more than 42 countries buying tickets on the viagogo platform. On 24 November 2015, the management of Sunburn Goa also released a statement citing this fact and proving to fans in India that they did not need to travel halfway around the world to get the same experience as Festival Tomorrowland. Sunburn Goa 2015 is expected to draw the largest crowds since its inception. This year's artist lineup will be equally lavish with over 120 artists like Sam Feldt, KYGO, Seth Troxler, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, DJ SMITH, Kshmr, David Guetta, Dyro, Felix Jaehn, Zaeden and Art Department taking the stage.

Sunburn Pune 2016

The 10th anniversary celebration of Sunburn festival took place in Pune, Maharashtra. After much controversy of festival being moved from Goa and finding a new home in Pune, Sunburn finally took place from 28 December to 31 December at the Kesanand Hills, Pune. The festival was headlined by the likes of Trance Legend Armin Van Buerren, Progressive Duo Axwell & Ingrosso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Afrojack and finally a 90 minute midnight set by Kshmr.

Sunburn Pune 2017

11th edition of sunburn festival took place in oxford golf resort pune, Maharashtra lineup for its 11th edition was KSHMR, Dimitri vegas& Like mike, DJ snake, Martin garrix, Afrojack,Clean bandit. Martin garrix closed sunburn festival 2017.


Artists line-up