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India Officials Considering Ban on Goa's Two Biggest Electronic Music Festivals

Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar raises concerns about the city's infrastructure supporting the two massives
The 2015 edition of Sunburn Festival in Goa, India.

The 2015 edition of Sunburn Festival in Goa, India.

India may be one of the most sought-after growth markets for electronic music events in the world, but one politician has argued that the growing pains aren't worth the trouble. Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar has proposed a ban on Sunburn Festival and Vh1 Supersonic, claiming that the "rush of tourists" at the end of the year will place undue stress on public infrastructure.

Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar

Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar. Source: Government of Goa Department of Tourism.

The ban, which would extend from December 15th through January 15th, is being considered by the state government after being championed by civil society groups. In the past, both Sunburn and Supersonic have taken place in the span of a week at the end of the year - when Goa's tourism is at its peak - but each festival's organizers are being asked to propose new dates for their events.

The good news is that if either festival has to take place a whole lot earlier, its organizers won't be competing with EDC India. While Insomniac Events recently announced that the inaugural edition of the festival would take place on November 12th and 13th, Delhi is clear across the Indian subcontinent from Goa.

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The ban outlined by Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar is only in the proposal stages as of this writing. No matter what happens, though, it's safe to say that Sunburn Festival and Vh1 Supersonic will take place one way or another.

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