The battle for Candolim came down to the wire, and a little bird tells us that Sunburn 2013 will probably play out at an alternative venue. In that scenario, it’s almost a body blow for the pathbreaking music fest pioneered by Percept six years ago. Being forced to make way from it’s permanent address in Goa for an identical EDM fest does seem a concerted effort to dislodge its “hegemony” rather than just being a routine inconvenience.
The tickets have been sold but fans still clamouring to know the line-up and venue of Sunburn in Goa — the last minute development leaves Shailendra Singh with the difficult challenge of pitching up his gig from scratch in barely three weeks. With an estimated line-up of 120 artists, multiple stages and fans from over 30 countries expected, it’s nothing short of a logistical nightmare. Right now Viacom 18, which has already roped in former Sunburn festival director and DJ Nikhil Chinappa, is sitting pretty but there’s trouble ahead.
The company has been dragged to the High court for allegedly “stealing” Sunburn’s power-point presentations for government permissions and sponsorships to unethically create a clone called Supersonic. From what we hear, this is just the beginning of a long drawn, all-out war.