Goa tourism minister wants Sunburn to shift venue

Panaji, Dec 21 (IANS) With the Sunburn music festival only a week away, the Goa government is still unsure about allowing the event at Candolim in north Goa, state Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said Friday.

Speaking to reporters here, Parulekar said the government was keen on shifting the festival, billed by the organisers as Asia's biggest, to south Goa.

"We cannot have it in north Goa. It becomes too crowded. The organisers should shift it to south Goa. We have asked them to move," Parulekar said.

"There are many complaints that the festival gives rise to traffic congestion and chaos. That is why we want it to shift to the south because it has fewer tourists," Parulekar added.

The three-day festival is organised at Candolim, which is a part of the most popular beach stretch from Baga to Sinquerim and sees the biggest volume of the 2.6 million tourists who visit Goa each year.

Sunburn is one of India's biggest electronic dance music festivals. The 2012 line-up of musicians at the festival include Grammy Award winning DJ Paul Van Dyk, trance ace Sander Van Doorn, Dutch house DJ DJ Fedde Le Grand, Grammy nominee Brian Transeau, Latin house DJ Roger Sanchez, Richard Durand, Arnej and Dutch duos W&W and Showtek.

The festival is expected to begin Dec 27.

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