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Sunburn Festival 2018 A Massive Success
8 January, 2019

Asia's biggest electronic music festival, Sunburn came alive at the Oxford Golf Resort in Pune from 29 – 31 December 2018 as hundreds of thousands of dance music devotees congregated to listen to their favourite artists. Four exhilarating stages hosted by MC Noizee - the 300 x 100 feet (that's as tall as a 10 storey building and as wide as the Statue of Liberty horizontally) with over 7000 sq. ft. of LED "Cubezoid Stage 4.0", the brilliant LED-packed "Zee 5 Stage", flea market inspired "Kingfisher Good Times Stage" and "Britannia Stage" with immersive visuals gave fans a once-in-a-lifetime wow experience. With a theme of "Welcome to Paradise", Sunburn hosted India's biggest campsite that offered every camper a comprehensive festival vibe. Other attractions included the artist village, animated flea markets, multiple adventure zones, and lip-smacking F&B delights. The Ferris Wheel offered visitors a bird’s eye view of the Fest, with other attractions including Hot Air Balloon Rides, pedalling on the ostentatious Twin Cycle, football-dart games themed "Kick" on a 23 feet heightened Velcro wall, a clandestine castle of 300 meters with 50 odd obstacles to overcome at "Monster", and a heady mix of art meets fine liquor at The Alcohowl Arcade. 

Day 1 saw spectacular performances from Kash Trivedi, Amann Nagpal, Ritviz, Anish Sood, Siana Catherine, Julia Bliss, Paratra (Live), Sara Santini, 39 Kingdom, Zenith, GREFF, 18 East, Dual Vibes, Basspatch and Progressive Brothers creating a perfect celebratory atmosphere. Other artists included techno Parisian mistress Louisahhh!, an exponent of the trance 2.0 sound and Armada's protege David Gravell and Hugel. Desi bass king Nucleya played his street style infused hits from Raja Baga to Bass Rani to Tota Myna to the occasional Bollywood drops. Israeli psytrance duo Vini Vici showcased the prowess of psy, even as Don Diablo delivered an effortless set leading up to the headlining set. Axwell Λ Ingrosso played out a more diverse set including their everlasting anthemic songs like 'Sun Is Shining,' 'Reload,' 'Out Of My Mind', 'Daning Alone' and 'More Than You Know'. Axwell Λ Ingrosso, also paid their respects to Avicii by playing 'Wake Me Up' on 'Don't You Worry Child'. The pair closed out their emotive set with Klahr's "Falling In Love".
 
Day 2 saw performances by Ravtek, Madoc, Shashank, DJ Chico, Rave N Crave, Akade, Kalpanik Bass, Kryll, Shaan Gidwani, Basshunk, Zylor, VDJ Cas, Twisted Bass, NDS, Ishani X BobKat, Throttle, Bemet, Afro Bros, Candice Redding,  Sartek, Shiva Manvi and Mojojojo. Bosnian artist Salvatore Ganacci presented his over the top animated set of "Flags", "Call On Me" , "Opus" , and "One Love". Norwegian DJ and producer Alan Walker performed "The Spectre," followed by a remix of Sia's "Move Your Body" and "Sheep" by Chinese musician Lay. "Alone" had strong melodies even as he closed his versatile set with his international hit "Faded". Armin van Buuren took to the stage for an unforgettable set with tracks like "Blah Blah Blah", "The Last Dancer", "Just As You Are", "Popcorn", "Sex, Love & Water", "Our Origin", "Wild Wild Son" and "Ready To Rave". He performed "This Is What It Feels Like" dedicated to his son and also dropped a "Barso" remix by Ritviz. 
 
Day 3 was outstanding and all geared to ring in NYE in style! Garth Adams, Shaan, Ananya Birla, Ellie Prohan, Cosmos, DJ Akshay, DJ Omen, Aaryan Gala, TNO, XU, 18 East, Manav Mehta, KaRavan, ADGRMS, THE MXXNLIGHT, Abhishek Mantri, DJ Mady, Zephyrtone and DJ Hatcha churned out their grooviest tracks, upping the tempo at the year’s biggest New Year Eve revelry. Pakistan origin sister-duo Krewella played their festival staples like “Alive”, “Play Hard”, “Killin' It”, “Come & Get It” and “One Minute”. DIVINE got the crowd roaring with show-stopping performances, red-hot fire, co2 gusts and vibrant lasers. Mercer of Pardon My French collective presented some invigorating future house as a prelude to DJ Snake’s NYE showcase. DJ Snake kicked things off for the closing set greeting fans with 'Namaste', dishing out his commercial bangers like “Taki Taki”, “Turn Down for What” , “ Middle”, “Lean On”, “Magenta Riddim”, “Let Me Love You”, and “A Different Way”, getting onto the console to wave the Indian flag and ending the set with 'Shukriya'.
 
Karan Singh, CEO, Sunburn Global, said, "With Sunburn moving to Pune, the festival has become more affordable and accessible to our audiences. Pune is a fantastic host city with the right mix of the people and the infrastructure to support a festival of such magnitude. This year due to heightened security measures, we have adopted extensive state approved measures to ensure a catastrophe-free festival given that visitors' safety has always been paramount at the event. We've built our festival step by step over the last 12 years, from 5,000 people in the first year to the global movement it has shaped up into today. It's our life's work, which we are very proud of and want to keep building on over the next few decades and generations. Two of the most important ingredients in everything we've done since day one are passion and dedication to create the ultimate experience in every aspect of the festival. Creating Sunburn is not a task for us - it's really what we breathe every day. Although we've become a much bigger and more professional organization, I can still feel the exact same energy that we began with today, which is essential to keep exceeding expectations year after year!"
 
On the historic wrap up of one of the biggest NYE celebrations in Asia, Karan Singh further added, “Sunburn 12 was truly historical in every aspect. The event witnessed a colossal turnout with some of the biggest headliners, top of the line security measures and world-class production and design. The event was streamed live and watched by millions of fans across the globe with on-ground 5 lakh fan participation from more than 40 countries over 3 days. Our live streaming allowed more than 5 million fans from different parts of the world to experience Sunburn without being physically present. Without the continuous support from the fans and the government, we wouldn’t have reached this milestone today. The locals of Pune have benefitted greatly right from transportation to F&B. A special thanks to the Maharashtra Government and associated partners without which Sunburn 2018 wouldn't be rated amongst the top players in the world.”
 
Kingfisher Packaged Drinking Water presents Sunburn Festival 2018 co-powered by Skybags, Zee5, Britannia, Fasttrack , in-association with Spicejet, Magic Moments Music Studio, Bourbon, Little Hearts, Captain Morgan Cola, Havmore, Tinder, JBL, Park Avenue and supported by telecom partner Airtel 4G and fashion partner Shein.