The Goa government may not permit electronic dance music (EDM) festivals in the peak December season - December 15 to January 15 – including the popular Sunburn festival, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said today, citing security concerns.
Both Sunburn and Supersonic may now have to decide on a new date. Both the events were held between December 26 and 30 last year.
“We are seriously thinking not to allow mega events like EDM festivals between December 15 and January 15 every year as the state witnesses rush of tourists during that time who arrive here to usher in the New Year,” Parulekar told PTI.
If the organisers want, they can have their event before December 15 or after January 15, when the peak time for rush of tourists is not there, he said.
Sunburn and VH1 Supersonic are held annually in Goa in the last week of December. The state police had earlier objected to these events pointing out that it creates pressure on the law and order machinery. Parulekar said the state-level permission panel held its first meeting yesterday and expressed reservations on allowing the music festivals during the peak season.
The government is of the view that it is not possible to allow two EDM festivals at the same time from the security point of view, he said.
Both the organisers have already moved an application seeking permission to host the festival this year.
“The panel has asked them to submit their proposed dates for holding the event. We have also conveyed the organisers to consider holding the events before December 15 or post January 15 to reduce further pressure on the state machinery,” the minister said.
(With inputs from PTI)