LIVE Viacom18, the makers of Vh1 Supersonic is one of the most prominent EDM festivals that used to take place in Goa in the month of December, has issued an official statement suggesting that the organizers have pulled out of Goa. The fourth edition of the festival will now be held in Pune, in February next year. The three-day long festival is scheduled to take place on February 10, 11, and 12, 2017. This statement came after tourism minister Dilip Parulekar had announced his unwillingness to grant permissions to EDM festivals between December 15 and January 15, a few months ago. Read the complete report here.
According to the sources, the reason for this was the common feeling among the locals that the pressure put on public infrastructure and unprecedented traffic congestion, is not worth the revenue earned from their yearly presence. Parulekar, in an official statement, had said, “We are seriously thinking not to allow mega events like EDM festivals between December 15 and January 15 every year as the state witnesses a rush of tourists during that time who arrive here to usher in the New Year.”
According to the organizers, Vh1 Supersonic has earlier hosted Vh1 Supersonic Arcades in Pune, with headliners by Above & Beyond, Dash Berlin and Pretty Lights, to name a few, and has consistently received an overwhelming response. The multicultural and cosmopolitan environment of the city facilitates understanding and appreciation of other cultures. The city also boasts of a rich infrastructure that supports commute from metros across India, thereby making travel convenient for outstation attendees.
Commenting on the shift in venue, Saugato Bhowmik, Head, LIVE Viacom18, said, “Carrying a legacy of offering the best in dance music, we are excited to host the upcoming edition of Vh1 Supersonic in Pune. Deeply-rooted in culture and traditions, the city is known for its openness towards modern influences and thought. Pune is a seamless blend of local culture and global influences, thereby making it an apt destination for the upcoming edition of Vh1 Supersonic! We also see this as an ongoing journey to provide transformative experiences to today’s youth by creating the Supersonic world at the kind of world-class destinations that Pune is providing to us. We are looking forward to a very successful Vh1 Supersonic, celebrating in Pune as our new home.”
In the past, the music festival has brought to India some of the greats from the international world of EDM such as Skrillex, Axwell, Zedd, W&W, Steve Aoki Paul Van Dyk, Above & Beyond, The Chainsmokers, Dash Berlin and much more.
Initiated by Nikhil Chinapa, the co-founder of Sunburn, the VH1 Supersonic Festival was a 5-day event at Candolim-Goa. Partnering with Viacom Network 18, Chinapa brings down the biggest names in the international music industry for the public’s aural pleasure. Supersonic is held in the last week of December.