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Goa panel drops the beat, gives nod for Sunburn Festival later this month
12 February, 2019

The state level permission committee (SLPC) on Monday gave its go-ahead for holding the electronic dance music (EDM) festival at Vagator on February 23 and 24. The government has also reduced the licence fee for the event from Rs 1 crore to Rs 20 lakh.

A member of the SLPC said they have forwarded the proposal to the government with a recommendation that Sunburn Klassique be allowed at the proposed venue on the dates suggested. Businessman, Shailesh Shetye, who was earlier associated with Viacom 18’s EDM festival, Supersonic, that pulled out of Goa after conducting it for three years, has bought the franchise from Percept Ltd. The SLPC member said the fee has been reduced as part of the old proposal as also that the EDM in question is being held during the non-peak tourism period.
 
He said though the licence fee has been reduced, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) felt that the fee be reduced further, as also other fees. TTAG members have been complaining that organisers of big events are running away from Goa due to a rigid fee structure. Besides the licence fee, organisers of mega events have to also shell out big amounts in terms of police bandobast, excise fees, as also entertainment tax. There had been repeated requests by Percept Ltd, the organiser of Sunburn, which shifted its event to Pune in 2017, that police bandobast fees be reduced.
 
A member said TTAG has been asked to submit a proposal to the government in this regard.
 
Until December 2018, EDMs were held in the last week of December, coinciding with Christmas week and New Year Eve when footfalls in Goa were at its peak. The organisers had been requested by the government to shift the venue and the dates to conduct the EDM festival during the non-peak tourism period - but it didn’t work with organisers sticking to their plan.