Percept Live recently announced the homecoming of Asia’s largest dance music festival, Sunburn to Goa in collaboration with Klassique events represented by Shailesh Shetty. After a hiatus of over 3 years, the festival giant will be making its grand return to its birthplace.
Spanning over two days, a brand-new format “Sunburn Klassique” will be held on the 23rd and 24th of February 2019 at Vagator, the venue where the festival was first hosted in 2013. Sunburn which enjoys an undisputed monopoly in the music festival industry recently concluded its 12th edition of its annual showcase in Pune and enters its 13th year in 2019.
The festival will feature 4 stages i.e. Klassique, Techno Kraft, Psychedelic Circus and Vinyl Ambulance and will have over 42 artist performing including the likes of KSHMR, Markus Schulz, Claptone, Art Department, Sultan & Ned, Alle Farben, Arjun Vagale, Ankytrixx, Sonic Species, Liquid Soul, GMS, Mandragora, Midival Punditz w/ Nathulal Solanki, Richard Durand, UnderHer, Janux, Bullzeye, Beyond 120, David Phimster, Joel Discobar, Ma Faiza, Almost Human, Alexander Smith, Heiko Laux, Leon Pereira, Moscada, Nic Thomson, Roman Sheronov, Sashanti, Veronika Fleyta among others.
Making his return to Sunburn in Goa after 2015 is the best live act in the DJ circuit, KSHMR. Ranked #19 on DJ Mag’s 2018 list of Top 100 DJs, KSHMR has been making India proud by taking his heterogeneous sound to different parts of the world, and has been hailed by many, as a champion of his immersive cinematic sound. The forever achieving diligent record producer, Niles Hollowell-Dhar from Berkeley, California with deeply seated Indian roots has been a festival front-runner
Making his India festival debut, the mysterious house music producer, Claptone with his signature golden mask with a beak is one of the highest- placed houses DJ in the Top 100 DJs Poll who curates The Masquerade events everywhere from Ibiza to Amsterdam to Melbourne.
Having headlined Sunburn way back in 2013, the German-born, but Miami-based DJ Markus Schulz who won the DJ Times‘ America’s Best DJ for an unparalleled third time, will be sampling some of his signature hybrid trance sound he is responsible for with spine-tingling melodies and outrageous basslines.
Trance fans can exult as Dutchman Richard Durand who visited Sunburn in 2012 will be dropping some adrenaline pumping baseline from his album ‘The Air We Breathe’ which he released recently after a 6-year hiatus.
Canadian Jonny White, acting Head of No.19 Music, Art Department will return to Sunburn once again after 12 years. The prolific producer’s original style landed AD at the forefront of a major underground music movement, transcending genre barriers and breaking down walls as few other underground artists have. Their game-changing contribution to the electronic music landscape has been undeniable, garnering accolades such as ‘#1 Track of the Year’ at the Beatport Awards, the iTunes #2 ‘Best Electronic Album’, hailed as the “hottest duo in dance music” by DJ Mag, awarded the ‘Track Of The Year’ by Resident Advisor (UK), Groove Mag (Germany), and #2 in Mixmag (US), and voted #6 Top DJ’s in the world.
Live electronic act, composed of Kalden Bess and Jessica Abruzzese, UNDERHER who describe their music as “music to have sex to” will ensure dark, twisted fantasies meet a controlled reality with their immersive set.
Liquid Soul, the solo project of Swiss artist Nicola Capobianco, with more than 100 hypnotic tracks and a best Beat port artist and a best Beat port track acclaim under his belt, has undoubtedly paved the way for progressive psy-trance landscape and will showcasing some of his hard hitting sounds.
Ever since Mandragora, one of the most undisputed names in Brazil, released his first track, fans have been bewildered trying to catalogue him. The people that know him closely say he can produce a complete album in one weekend!
UK electronic artist Sonic Species, established as one of the world’s leading producer of cutting-edge psytrance will ensure not to disappoint. Initiated into the global psytrance tribe after attending his first rave in the early 2000s, currently signed to the Nano Records label, Sonic Species is set to release his second album this year, the follow-up to his 2012 debut ‘Unleash the Beat’.
The Kreuzberger Frans Zimmer has reached heights others can only dream of. Having evolved under the artist alias ALLE FARBEN, Berlin based DJ and producer has played over 3000 shows, more than 350 streams on Spotify, 200 million views on YouTube, 2 million downloads.
In the realm of classic dance music duos, few are more recognizable than Sultan + Shepard. From releases like ‘Where Are You’, ‘In The Air’, ‘When We Were Young’, ‘Make Things Right, to remixes like their remix of ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’, they’ve remained a household name for nearly a decade. Fresh off the success of their latest dance floor anthem ‘American Dream’, the forward thinking electronic duo’s return to Sunburn after 7 years.
Sunburn Klassique will also feature the best home-grown artists from across genre, such as Arjun Vagale, Ankytrixx, Ma Faiza, and Midival Punditz, some of them making their Sunburn come-back. The festival will see an assortment of techno, trance and commercial names ensuring a time travel to what Sunburn was in its heydays. The event will also embrace a food court, flea market and an adventure zone as seen in its annual showcase.
Karan Singh, CEO, Sunburn states, “Goa has been the birthplace of Sunburn and we are truly excited to be back. We have aligned our overall programming keeping in mind this vision and have signed on many artists who made their initial India appearances at the festival in Goa. Sunburn introduced the concept of dance music to India and has aided in building music tourism across India. Over the last 12 years we’ve evolved from being just a music festival to an aspirational brand with millions of loyalists. We hope our return to Goa is truly memorable and magical and we can once again build Goa into a thriving music destination. As a practice, we will deliver the most intrinsic and enhanced fan experience without compromising on our production and experiential ethics. A massive festival like Sunburn is built on foresight and passion and we’re going in all guns blazing to make an even bigger mark in 2019.”
Sunburn last year saw a series of preliminary showcases throughout the year such as Sunburn Arena, Sunburn Campus, Sunburn Reload leading up to the main festival showcase on 29th-31st of December. Over the last decade, Sunburn has played host to most of the top international talent including Sam Feldt, KYGO, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, Kshmr, David Guetta, Dyro Afrojack, Above& Beyond, Axwell, Infected Mushroom, Marshmello, Hardwell, Avicii, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Deadmau5, Don Diablo, Paul Okenfold, DJ Snake, Alan Walker, Swedish House Mafia, Krewella, Swedish House Mafia, amongst others.
Sunburn Festival 2018, Pune which recorded over 2 lac attendance saw one of the best artist line-ups, sound design and engineering, and jaw dropping SFX. The festival was streamed live exclusively on the Zee 5 app to reach millions of fans across the country. The festival featured 4 stages with the main stage, Cubezoid 4.0 measuring upto 300 x 100 feet (as tall as a 10 storey building and as wide as the Statue of Liberty horizontally) with 7,000 sq. ft. of LED and 3D fireworks.