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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Percept firm on holding Sunburn between Dec 27 and 30

India’s biggest EDM festival organiser firm on stand that State cannot decide when and where to hold Sunburn; Questions govt prerogative to shift the festival out of the December-January peak window, hints at having other venue options outside Goa if their dates are not cleared

PANJIM: One of the mega year-end electronic dance music (EDM) festivals – Sunburn organiser Percept Ltd has questioned Goa government’s wisdom over its proposal to restrict hosting the event before or after the peak tourist season.
“It’s the State’s prerogative to say yes or no (on granting permission to the festival) but not when and where,” Karan Singh, CEO of Sunburn Global, Percept Live told Herald in an exclusive email interview.
The remark indicates that Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar’s announcement that the two EDMs including Viacom 18’s Supersonic will not be allowed from December 15 to January 15, has not gone well with the organisers.
The high-level State Level Permission Committee (SLPC) that decides on giving the EDMs permission had last year raised strong objection to the organisers’ taking decisions without taking into confidence the State. The committee headed by Chief Secretary RK Srivastava then suggested that government take over deciding the venues and dates from 2016.
Percept is adamant to go ahead with its traditional dates from December 27-30 this year as well with ‘early bird tickets sale’ already commenced online. The CEO also hinted at shifting the festival, probably out of Goa though he claims that Goa remains their first priority.
“We have no plans to change the dates… It’s December 27-30 every year and will be the same,” Singh said adding, “We have other venue options that have been available for a while now. If compelled, we will use those. That said Goa is still our home and first preference. Any other option would only be exercised as such. Once we are ready to make a decision we shall announce it.”
With government NOC to hold the event yet to be granted, Sunburn has begun selling early tickets at Rs 1 lakh approx as of now. Interestingly, the website does not mention the venue in the wake of the recent development. The festival, in its 10th year, was held at Candolim during its early years to subsequently shift to Vagator.  
Asked whether it had initiated the process to apply for permission, Singh responded, “We have partnered (with) a Goa company to apply and manage the permission process and also all the local Goa coordination. We understand that the application made by them to the tourism office was refused acceptance. Our partner is in the process of trying to understand the reasons for this non acceptance of the application.”

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