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Sunburn 2012 reaches a resounding climax with DJs Paul Van Dyk and Roger Sanchez
29 December, 2012

 ~The 6th edition of the festival draws a colossal turnout of fans over three days at Goa’s Candolim Beach~

Mumbai, December 29, 2012:  Sunburn 2012, came to a bedazzling close as EDM idol and Grammy nominee DJ Paul Van Dyk along with Latin house legend and Grammy winner Roger Sanchez enraptured a packed house of Sunburnites on the final day of Asia’s premier music festival.  Reinforcing Sunburn’s position as Asia’s biggest and most prominent music festival, the 6th edition of Sunburn witnessed an unprecedented response this year with the three day turnout totaling to over 150,000 visitors. Sunburn this year also tied up with YouTube to LIVE stream the festival’s three enthralling days across 120 countries, reaching a global audience of over 1.2 million fans around the world. The 2012 edition of Sunburn Goa, which takes place every year at Goa’s Candolim beach has so far been the events largest year yet, covering 2 grounds, 7 spectacular stages and a staggering line-up of over 50 Indian and international artists. 
After a mesmerizing two days filled with spell-binding SFX and pulsating beats, Day 3 at Sunburn 2012 took on a whole new pace and vibe with some of the biggest EDM names in the house. Grammy nominee and globally acclaimed DJ Paul van Dyk, ranked the World´s No. 1 DJ twice by DJ Magazine´s "Top 100 DJs poll" was back at Sunburn for his second year and unleashed a power packed set to a captivated audience who were still reeling from his unforgettable set in 2010. Grammy Award winning producer, remixer and DJ Roger Sanchez, one of the world’s foremost names in house music also returned to Sunburn to a roaring ovation from thousands of fans who set aside all inhibitions and danced with all their energies. Sanchez had previously played at Sunburn 2009. The Grand Finale featured more than 30 Indian and International acts including British house music trio Dirty Vegas, Belgian Techno DJ and producer duo Filterheadz, Indian fusion group Midival Punditz, Arjun Vagale and DJ Pearl amongst a host of other popular names. 
Paving the way for fresh talent, Sunburn 2012 also featured a plethora of new artists along with the best commercial DJs from world over. On display this year were Avalon, Sanjay Dutta, Anil Chawla, Firefly, Anish Sood, DJ Shaan, Ash Roy, Tribal Flora and Reggae Rajahs amongst a plethora of young talented DJs. 
Sunburn 2012 was more than just spell binding music. Sunburnites heartily indulged in a host of other recreational entertainment on offer.  Adventure enthusiasts challenged their skill by rock climbing on the artificial rock wall - a fixture at Sunburn. There was volley ball for Sunburnites interested in sports. And those looking to take to the skies did that through their professionally built kites. A new addition to the list of recreational activities was the music library or for some – a music readers paradise. The library which stocks books on EDM, other genres of music and artists was a huge hit amongst music fans and readers. 
Said Mr. Shailendra Singh, Joint Managing Director, Percept Limited. “The 6th edition of Sunburn 2012 has been a massive and overwhelming success. All the credit goes to our passionate and spirited young fans, lakhs of whom have converged here from all across this country and the world. It is their energy and unbridled dedication that makes an experience like this possible. With YouTube LIVE streaming the festival to over 120 countries, our fans have truly put Sunburn and India on the world map of music. We are extremely proud to have hosted the world’s top EDM names including Paul Van Dyk, Roger Sanchez, Sander Van Doorn and Fedde Le Grand this year. In six years, Sunburn has progressed from being Asia’s biggest and most desirable EDM festival, into a movement for social change. The festival has transformed into a platform for India’s young to showcase their enthusiasm and love for music to the world at large.” 
Taking a step towards being more environment friendly, Sunburn Goa this year announced a ‘Leave No Trace’ initiative in association with Woodland. The initiative aimed at educating Sunburn fans to be more environmentally conscious by spreading awareness and a sense of responsibility towards ones ecological footprint. The campaign involved a number of on-ground activities such as art installations at the venue made out of waste materials, a unique interactive tree structure inviting party-goers to participate in a cleanliness drive at the venue and eco-friendly displays and signage all around. The campaign also had Sunburn volunteers spreading the ‘Leave No Trace’ message amongst guests at venue. Along with recycling garbage cans for plastic, glass and other items spread across Candolim Beach, the alcohol glasses at Sunburn had have captions like “Trash Me” and “I Deserve a Bin”. Volunteers along with Sunburn enthusiasts took the opportunity to clean the venue during and after the event, to restore the beach to its original beauty.
Along with a staggering lineup of artists, Sunburn this year also sported an a world class line-up of safety and security arrangements. With a three level security cordon and ‘Zero Drug’, organizers aimed to ensure that Sunburn fans experienced the best of EDM artists and music in a safe and drug-free environment. In order to ensure no untoward incident, organizers of Sunburn 2012 implemented a range of security measures – starting from a three level security check comprising metal detectors & sniffer dogs, physical frisking, and bands to identify ticket holders. There were three first aid rooms, on-call quick response and disaster management teams, lady guards and evacuation arrangements for 21000 people to exit the venue in eight minutes flat. No edible food of any kind could be entered inside the venue; Food and beverages were available to patrons at the venue itself. Apart from the security cordon at the entrance, under cover security staff constantly patrolled the venue for inspection and preventing illegal activities. Anyone found in violation was escorted out of the venue and had their tickets/bands confiscated. Additional volunteers kept a vigil on activities taking place around the venue.
The 6th edition of Sunburn Goa was held between December 27th-29th at Goa’s Candolim beach and featured a star packed lineup of some of the world’s best headliners including Grammy winning DJ Paul Van Dyk, Grammy nominee Brian Transeau (BT) along with Dutch progressive house artists DJs Sander van Doorn and Fedde Le Grand.  The International music festival was six times larger, more extravagant and was the biggest and loudest Sunburn yet with over 150,000 sunburnites in attendance. Presented by Micromax, Sunburn is organized by Percept Live, a division of Percept Limited.
Percept Limited owners of Sunburn are proud to announce that Micromax was the presenting sponsor for Sunburn Goa 2012 with Absolute, VH1 and MTV acting as Associate sponsors. Tuborg and Cannon are Co-sponsers of the festival.