It was spectacular and the way a grand closing night should be. The music, the vibe, the production, the festival goers everything was extraordinary. While the rest of the city was brimming with New Year Eve preparations , Sunburn Hills was gearing up for the calm before the storm. One couldn’t think of a better way to bid adieu to 2016.
One of electronic music’s most influential independent record labels made a debut at this year’s edition as part of the label's global expansion plans with NDS , Karmatek, Puppet, Haywyre and Pegboard Nerds featuring on the programming of the Monstercat Stage.
VAEYA, Jay Ramani, Sonic Species and Vertical Mode on the Psy Trance Stage kept the crowd engrossed in their progressive and psychedelic music
One & One, Raiden, Genova and Goa’s Anish Sood got the party started at the Main Stage, playing the high energy sets that they’re famous for.
Olly Esse, Ankur Sood, Akade, Paratra, and Vinayaka created magic on the Rayban Stage – playing an amazing collection of refreshing deep house and techno. India’s biggest name in techno scene - Arjun Vagale concluded the evening at the Rayban Stage.
Marnik kickstarted the madness on the Main Stage with their energetic and interactive set, full of groovy progressive house tracks. DJ Shaan brought raw energy to the Main Stage with his electro sound. Next up were Dutch duo Bassjackers sent the crowd into an overdrive by dropping Fireflies, Memories, Wave Your Hands. From mainstream big room to deep house and hardstyle, Bassjackers made it a point to make it a night where lovers of all genres of electronic dance music would get what they yearned for. People were on each other’s shoulders, jumping around here and there , and when the viral drop came, people just completely lost it. It was hands down the best set of the festival, electro fans, trance fans ask anybody and they’ll agree! The duo premiered their smash hit Extreme before leaving the stage to the American DJ’s prowess.
KSHMR who has built a thriving brand around his electrifying big room productions played an ideal New Year Eve closing set for what was probably the largest crowd a gig in India had witnessed. He played Secrets, Voices, Creep and most of the recent tracks from his label. There was total madness for a while there when he dropped some Bollywood numbers. In expected fashion, he closed out with a countdown to 2017 that probably everyone there knew, reminding us what the beauty of dance music is – It suddenly didn’t matter your religion, gender or ethnicity, for those five minutes everybody was just in one state, The State Of Dance. Ushering in the post festival madness were the after parties at the craziest clubs in town.
Sunburn seems to have raised the benchmark for festival organization in India and lived up to its expectation of being the electronic music mecca in India. The tenth year of Sunburn was memorable, musical and magical. The artist village reverberated by all sorts of bass-lines buoyed by the incessant energy of a crowd that was nothing but love, excitement and positivity. The animated flea markets, multiple adventure sports and lip smacking gastronomical delights added to the mega anniversary celebrations. Apart from the music, a number of basic amenities which aren’t given that much of significance at a dance music festival otherwise were pretty eye catching during this edition. For example, the security and smooth entry and exit into the venue. A very pivotal part of this season was the security arrangements to ensure a drug free zone.
Karan Singh, CEO, Sunburn states, “ Sunburn 10 was truly magical in every aspect. The event witnessed a colossal turnout with some of the biggest headliners, top class security measures and world class production and design inspite of facing some preliminary problems as we are at a new venue. The event was streamed live and watched by millions of fans across the globe with on-ground participation from more than 50 countries over 4 days. Our newly introduced live streaming in 5 cities called Sunburn Echo allowed fans from different parts of India to experience Sunburn in their cities without actually being present in Pune. Without the continuous love from the fans we wouldn’t have reached this milestone today. A special thanks to the Maharashtra Government and associated partners without which Sunburn 2016 wouldn't be rated amongst the top players in the world.”
Armin van Buuren said, “The new venue is magical. I loved the view whilst driving up to the hill.. It was fantastic to watch some of the artists close their sets with the sunset”
Dimitri Vegas Like Mike said, “It was such a pleasure performing at Sunburn’s 10th year anniversary. Inspite of a new venue this year the management did a great job with ensuring the show was super successful.”
Afrojack said, “Sunburn 10 was truly magical. India has always been my favourite country to perform in as a large percentage of my fans hail from India.”
KSHMIR said, “ It was such an emotional night to close to a thousand of fans at Sunburn 10. Wishing everyone a happy new year and a great year ahead.”
Sunburn 10 returns with more madness, more music and more memories to make. With a combination of some of the biggest names in dance music with a carefully crafted selection of the very best and burgeoning talent from India and around the world, dance music aficionados were spoilt for choice. Stellar stand-out sets from a number of different dance genres pulsed through Kesnand, spanning over four days, totaling upto 10 hours per day, with spectacular performances by the world's finest electronic artists who performed alongside their Indian counterparts to give music fans the spiritual music experience they seek as an annual ritual. Trance, house, electro, techno, drum & bass, psychedelic, experimental – Sunburn covered all these genres and more, unifying the festival goers that gathered at Sunburn Hills to celebrate dance music and the unique unifying feeling it creates. An immersive experience with on-site camping, artist and fan village, adventure sports, flea markets, elaborate food courts and crazy after parties, 2017 marked the culmination to a beautiful year in dance music. With more than 150 artists and about 500 hours of music spread across 5 high octane stages including District 808, Gionee, Monstercat, Ray Ban, Shaan & Friends, Soma Project, and Vinyl Ambulance - giving music enthusiasts completely varied and individualistic experiences within the overall festival.