Candolim Beach, Goa
27, 28, 29 December 2011
All the photographs seen here are mine. Kindly check with me before use.
To review this massive show of 3 days by an EDM newcomer will be quite a feat. But I’m gonna try 🙂 This will be a long review so be warned!
The initiation to EDM began a few months back with the early bird booking of the Sunburn tickets. Then it dawned on me that I had to listen to this genre. So began sessions with EDM artists podcasts & radio channels. And boy, I was hooked!
Goa was a dream destination for a chilled out year end trip and the weather was perfect for the sands. Since our resort was just 5 minutes walk from the venue, we started out around 4 p.m. on the first day. We were warned about long queues to collect the passes but surprisingly at that hour, there were hardly 30 people at the counters. Possibly this could be because we entered from Ground B. Friends entering from Ground A faced heavy crowds!
The wristbands handed out with the passes were supposed to be on for the entire time of the festival i.e. 3 full days. The fun began after we came out of the grounds. Anywhere we would go in Goa, it felt like seeing old friends when we spotted people with the familiar wristbands 🙂
On entering Ground B, we spotted the Sunburn shop with lots of goodies for sale. There were groovy tee shirts and lots of stuff. One major grouse here was that the guys running the shop were occupied with a group and hardly paid attention to the others. Please try to ensure that each person who walks in returns as a customer!
While walking in between Ground A & Ground B, we noticed these huge banners with pictures from earlier Sunburn events. There were cries of delight from those who spotted their pictures here. Nice going, Sunburn guys!!! Now looking forward to see my pictures next time 😉
The stages were 7 in all. Coming here for the first time, the sheer size and massive production was impressive to say the least! We idled around many stages and got a taste of each set playing before heading for the chosen ones. The stages were quite innovatively named but my personal favorites would be – CUBEZOID and GROOVADELIC. CUBEZOID in particular stood out due to the design aspect, wow!!!
Day 1 started off with ‘Anil Chawla & Dale Anderson‘… by the time we settled to listen, the first day crowd was eagerly lapping them up. It gave me a taste of what was to follow 😉
The day continued with the talented Tuhin Mehta aka Brute Force. Hearing him for the first time and watching him in action, kudos to the guy… great music & vibe!
The final 2 hours were spent on the Spartaque stage. And thanks to this guy, I am now officially a crazy fan of EDM. The vibe and the energy on this stage was unbelievable and the crowd was going wild! VJ Ramona was bouncing on the stage as well and I wish I’d caught the whole set on camera, sigh!
Spartaque is now my personal best of Sunburn 2011, hands down!!!
Day 2 started off with the insanely talented Rae / Shovell. Oh my god. What vocals! I didn’t realize she was singing live till I saw her. P.S. there was a guy on stage (Dan Booth?!) wearing a tee shirt which said ‘ I <3 Justin Bieber’… hmmm, costume party anyone?!
We stayed back for the Pearl set and though there was a minor glitch at the beginning, she was awesome! Quite a dark set I’m told since I still don’t fully understand the genre.
Halfway through the Pearl set, we sneaked into the other ground to catch Norman Doray (oh the craziness of having talented artistes everywhere at one time). He was banging the set with Rohit Barker on the stage!
Above & Beyond was starting up at the same stage as Pearl so we had to literally run back. Caught a few tunes at the beginning and the crowd kept swelling and pushing. Realized at one point that getting suffocated was not worth it so we headed back to CUBEZOID (this quickly became my favorite stage simple because there was house music playing ;)) I heard that the Sun & Moon track was the defining moment of the set… next year then!
Pete Tong was the BOMB! His amazing set had us screaming and dancing crazily. Half the crowd which did not find place to hear Above & Beyond was here and boy, they were definitely not disappointed. Love you Pete!
This picture above was taken by accident. We were actually sitting on a bench right in front of this cage and after a point of time, I noticed people stopping to take pictures above my head. Turned around to see this lady doing some groovy dance moves!
Day 3 began a bit late for us… so the first stage we happened to arrive at was Nikhil Chinapa & Shovell. The percussionist was drumming magic so we hung out for a while. The vibe at this place was fun and energetic!
Infected Mushroom was a band I’d never heard before but everyone wanted to hear them… live!!!
They started off well and just as we started to enjoy the music, there were the usual ‘i wanna reach the fucking front row to get into the cameras’ crowd jostling us around that we decided to head to another stage!
Guys @ Sunburn, you need to take notes on such people as they mar the excitement of the genuine music lovers. Get barricades, extra security, whatever!
Funkagenda was another artiste I’d heard about but not listened to. He was good too. Sorry If I’m not able to recollect any tracks from any artiste as I’m yet to figure out the various styles of music here. What mattered to me was the happy vibes & dance friendly music 🙂
Axwell was next at the same stage. I did not know he was part of Swedish House Mafia, I love their music. Although we were at the front rows during Funkagenda, we got pushed back further & further. So we ended up right at the end of stage (past the VIP enclosure). The crowd at this gig was massive! Close to the end, I leapt in the air when I heard ‘Save the world’… my day was made 😀
In between all the madness & mayhem, we wandered off to see the alternative stage ARRO. Looked like a headbangers ball in there!
Close to the food stalls, we spotted these artworks. One of them was still work-in-progress. The other one was complete! Looked very much in theme of the Sunburn festival, kudos to the artists who did this 🙂
- Music-loving, energetic, friendly & hippest crowd ever!
- Patient & friendly ground staff (security, stall owners)
- AMAZING artistes who gave respect and got loads back in return from sunburners
- No better location than the magical sands of Goa
- The whole concept can rival the legendary Woodstock festival!!! *respect* \m/
- Sloshed & blown out firangs at some stages elbowing their way through the crowd (they got what they deserved finally)
- More unruly crowd at the end of Day 3, less security guys around
- Red Bull costing 200 bucks a can… WTF, I would’ve just picked up a beer at that price!!!!!
- Unclean toilets (what else can you expect from sloshed revelers)
- Way too many big acts at the same time (Cmon guys… we need to wait till next year to catch the others)
- Not enough food stalls (Not expecting the 3 course stuff but hunger driving food… not ice cream, popcorn, slush and the likes)
- Some of the sound on the stages was way off!
- Visuals at some stages were pedestrian and not in sync with the music
- The hyped ‘3D’ show at the Axwell stage was just that. Hyped! Animated 3D logo of Axwell for 20 minutes??? Get real!
There’s just one way to end this review, with a tweet that I had put a few days back 🙂