EDM IN INDIA: Unmissable Sunburn Events

Celebrated as India’s premier electronic music brand, Sunburn breathes electronic life into the many city festivals, club tours and arena gigs of India.

From the annual Sunburn Goa Festival to the DJ-centric ‘Sunburn Arena’, there are tons of great events happening this season, which are perfect excuses to visit and experience the beauty of India, along with the euphoria of EDM sounds.

Here are the top three events we recommend checking out:

1) I AM HARDWELL WORLD TOUR

Frequently featured on ‘Best Of’ DJ polls and adored worldwide, it’s often felt that any large scale electronic music festival would be incomplete without an appearance from the legendary Hardwell.

His energetic shows gain many in attendance both at festivals like Tomorrowland and Ultra, along with his video streams on YouTube attracting well over 80 million views.

Taking place in the Buddh International Circuit, which is the annual location for the Formula One Indian Grand Prix, join 40,000 ravers and enjoy Hardwell’s 3 hour non stop set!

With support coming from ‘Kill The Buzz’, find our more about the Delhi NCR stop in the ‘I Am Hardwell World Tour’ here.

2) AXWELL ^ INGROSSO AT SUNBURN ARENA

For many the end of Swedish House Mafia were sad times, but Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso have begun a new chapter in the form of Axwell ^ Ingrosso.

Get ready to hear fresh tracks of their highly anticipated new album, as pyro displays fill the stage and the beat of the dancing fans feet are set to rock the stadiums of Bangalore and Mumbai!

Taking in place in open-top arenas welcoming many to dance under the night sky, find out about Sunburn Arena’s Axwell ^ Ingrosso tour dates here.

3) SUNBURN GOA FESTIVAL



And lastly aside from the epic events that Sunburn organise, who can forget Sunburn Goa, Asia’s LARGEST electronic festival in India!

Held by the beautiful Vagator Beach in late December, this exhilarating international get together is the perfect pre-new years eve round up, attracting beach and beat lovers who dream of escaping the winter.

The lineup has yet to be announced but previous headliners include the likes of Tiësto, Hardwell, Afrojack and Avicii. To find our more out this year’s 8th edition, click here.

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LISTEN: Marsatac Spotify Playlist



Marsatac is the buzzing cultural hotspot where fans of techno, hiphop, house, dub and indie gather to hear their beloved sounds. Taking place in Marseille, France this September, find out more about the festival here, and discover the sounds and vibe via our spotify playlist below:

LISTEN: Electrosanne Spotify Playlist



Across 5 venues the sounds of Diplo, Laurent Garnier, Paco Osuna, Jackmaster and Ben UFO will enliven the city of Lausanne. Closing the summer in style not only will you get to hear a premium lineup but you will also get to see some sweet sights of this charming Swiss City. 

Check out our spotify playlist below and find out more about Electrosanne festival here.

Top 7 Rock, Metal & Indie Festivals In Portugal

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From the beach beauties in the summer to the multi location winter wonderers, Portugal has an abundance of marvellous festivals for rock, indie and metal fans to enjoy. Here’s a quick round up of festivals coming up, and ones to make a note of for next year.

HAPPENING SOON!

(1) AMPLIFEST / 4-5 October / Headliners: Alhousseini Anivolla, Wovenhand, Black Shape Of Nexus, Marissa Madler, Conan, Cult of Luna, Ben Frost

Taking place in three venues across the city of Porto, while Amplifest’s roots lies in metal and hard rock, don’t be surprised to experience sprinklings of techno, along with world music surprises such as the blues-inspired afro-pop sounds of this year’s headliner Alhousseini Anivolla. You definitely get a lot for your buck as there will also be exhibitions, and film screenings including the highly anticipated Chelsea Wolfe:Lone film.

(2) VODAFONE MEXEFEST / 28-29 Nov / Confirmed Headliners So Far: St Vincent, Sharon Van Etten and Tune-Yards.

For those with independent tastes, Vodafone Mexefest is a vibrant gathering of eclectic tastes, inviting the unusual pop tones of St Vincent along with the rocking sound of Tune-Yards to fill the various spaces of Liberty Avenue. The spaces are personalities themselves with venues including an old cinema, and old church and a moving bus!

(3) REVERENCE FESTIVAL / 12-13 Sept / Headliners: Hawkwind, Electric WIzard, The Black Angels, Graveyard, Red Fang, Mão Morta

Making its psychedelic debut, approach with an open mind ready to hear anything from space rock to alternative metal. Inviting acts from the coveted back catalogue of rock and metal genre-changers, to respected names of today, this truly is a music enthusiasts playground.

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ONES TO LOOK OUT FOR

(4) Vagos Open Air - If it’s just metal and hard rock you want then Vagos is waiting for you! 2014 headliners included Kreator, Opeth, Behemoth and The Haunted. With the level of acts, they book a three day ticket for €65 is almost too cheap for the quality of fun and sound you will get treated to.

(5) Optimus Alive - Described by efestivals.co.uk as “a very beach by day music by night” event, the festival takes place from 6pm - 6am, giving you the chance to explore Lisbon during your stay. All genres are present with rock and indie headliners of 2014 including The Black Keys, The Libertines, The War On Drugs and more.

(6) MEO Sudoeste - mixing rock with pop, jazz and electronic names, MEO is a beautiful 5 day summertime escape with the beautiful beach and town of Zambujeira Do Mar only 10 minutes walk away. 2014 headliners included Tom Odell, Jamie Callum, Hardwell & Sebastioan Ingrosso.

(7) Super Bock Super Rock - Having just celebrated it’s 20th birthday, there are many reasons why this has become a well respected and adored event. Close to the city and beaches and lineup providing a great mix of legends and newcomers 2014 headliners included Massive Attack, Eddie Vedder, Kasabian and Disclosure.

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Tastes Of Europe: If Our Festivals Were Food

If you attending a festival abroad, chances are you may get a chance to explore the surrounding area. Either before or after you have sampled the pleasant beats of the music, why not get a taste of the local food!

Here is our guide of foods famous in their festivals region or country, imagining what food choices would match our festivals personalities.

SWITZERLAND: Zürich Openair = Zürcher Geschnezeltesimage

Classic yet seasoned with spices to suit all tastes, Zürich Openair's mix of rock, indie and electro would be this popular veal and mushroom dish, with serving choices including rice, mashed potatoes or “rösti”.

In it’s 4th edition we hope Zürich Openair will be around as long as this signature region dish, with its palette ranging lineup of Paulo Nutini, Woodkid, Metronomy, Deadmau5, Warpaint, Morcheeba & Röyksopp & Robin.

MALTA: Suncape = Hobż Biż-Żejt
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Nourishing, light and good for the soul, Sunscape would be the colourful choice of Hobż biż-żejt, which is chunks of Maltese bread topped with tomato pastes, olives, tuna, sun-dried tomatoes and drizzled in olive oil.

Providing a holiday escape of eclectic beats, outdoor sports, healing workshops and a whole host of ‘contemporary cultural experiences’. Sunscape’s headliners are Mr Scruff, M.A.N.D.Y, Sebo K, Thomas Schumacher and Carlo Lio.

POLAND: Mayday Poland = Barszca Czerwony
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Bold in colour and enjoyed at night, The techno Mayday Poland would be the popular barszcz czerwony dish. A red beet soup spicy and served hot, it is often poured over delicious dumplings or a yummy fried pate roll.

Mayday Poland's 2014 lineup has yet to be announced, but previous headliners include Adam Beyer, Tocadisco, Moguai and Klaudia Gawlas

CZECH REPUBLIC: Transmission =  All The Straropramen Beers!
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OK so we cheated with this one as Beer is drink not food BUT if Transmission was something joyful to be consumed, it would be one the long standing and locally brewed drinks at the Staropramen Brewery. 

Serving a variety of lagers and ale in different colours and strengths, each drink has its own signature hops flavouring, be it bitter or sweet like caramel, and the aromas range from light and malty to strong and wheaty.

The trance and house names set to appear at Tranmission include Markus Schulz, John O’Callaghan, Giuseppe Ottaviani and Solarstone. (We recently wrote a piece about why Prague is a Trance fans paradise, check it out here)

ENGLAND: On Blackheath = Pie & Mash
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And lastly it would be criminal to discuss festivals and food, without mentioning the festival dedicated to the love of the culinary art. Traditional and enjoyed by all the family, if On Blackheath was a dish it would be a legendary pie and mash meal.

Protecting delicious meat and gravy fillings in a golden pastry crust, the pie is then served with fluffy mash potato and peas. While traditionally a working-class meal, this dish has since seen all types of establishments claim to make the best version.

Launching this year foodie and music festival On Blackheath will feature family fun for all ages, with headlining sounds provided by Massive Attack, Frank Turner, Grace Jones and Imelda May.

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3 Reasons Why Prague Is A Trance Fans Paradise

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While there are all types of music fans to be found in Prague, there is a deep affinity between the city and trance fans. From those who travel from aboard to attend their incredible festivals, to the local nightclubs and venues throwing unbelievable events, here are three reasons why Prague is a trance fans paradise.

1) TRANSMISSION - THE DEFINITIVE TRANCE FESTIVAL

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Many electronic festivals feature trance either on a dedicated stage, or through a few select headliners, however if it’s nothing but trance you desire than Transmission is the perfect event for you.

Last year the festival celebrated 10 years as a fundamental event for trance fans worldwide to attend. The visuals are show in itself, with lasers as far as the eye can see, fireworks and flames creating an eye-popping indoor experience, and LED screens making sure you don’t miss a second of the action.

Every year there is a encapsulating theme, with 2014’s theme of ‘The 7 Sins’ confirmed names include John O’Callaghan, Giuseppe Ottaviani along with annual regular and legend Markus Schulz. Find out more here.

2) THE REGULAR UNIQUE AND UNMISSABLE TRANCE EVENTS 

From beautiful theatrical performers and dancers on stage, to divine stage and location decor to match it’s current theme, Trancefusion is a recurring events series every true trance fan should attend.

Inviting 11 classic legends from the world of trance, this year’s event includes the special highlight of the first ever international female DJ to grace the stages of Trancefusion.

With this events theme "The Legends" get ready to hear equally godlike sounds through a heavenly crisp sound system. October’s event will be welcoming the likes of Scot Project, Yves Deruyter, M.I.K.E Push and Dave202.

Whist on the subject of legends, Paul Van Dyk is set to be bringing his progressive trance and dance sound to Vandit Nights. A trance event setting on a new path bringing the vibe of Berlin to hottest venues of Czech Republic.

The full line-up is due to be released soon, with a hand picked selection of artists all earning the Van Dyk stamp of approval. 

What better way to enjoy trance music then to appreciate the sounds appreciated by the legendary Paul Van Dyk himself, an opportunity both new comers to the genre and regular die-hard fans should not miss.

3) THE WONDERFUL BEER

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For many travellers the first thing that comes to mind when they think of Prague is the glorious beer, and there is a reason why this cliché is so often repeated.

Beer in Czech Republic has long standing reputation in the taste history of the country, with the first brewery having existed around 993.

Many of the popular beers are typically pale, and adored for their fluffy tops, golden colour and light yet memorable flavours. However darker flavours and tones also exist, with many die-hard visitors and locals often debating their favourites in the many marvellous pubs in the area.

With so many brands to try and so many historical pubs and breweries with beer tasting tours, amazing gift shops and beautiful locations to visit, it’s worth doing some research before you attend.

Top choices on travel site Lonely Planet include Letná Beer Garden and the Pivovarsky Klub which also offers some delicious food. Popular tourist choices include the famous alehouse U Zlatého tygra, while U Černého vola is another recommended classic to visit.

Famous brands to try out include Pilsner Urquell, Straopramen and Budweiser Budvar, however many local breweries, pubs, and restaurants will have plenty of their own one of a kind beers to try!

Start planning your trip now, and make sure you include Transmission, Trancefusion or Vandit Night as part of your visit this season.

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LISTEN: Unknown Festival Spotify Playlist

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In a secluded spot of Croatia, boasting beautiful beaches and boutique forest hideaways, Unknown Festival is back after an outstanding debut last September. 

2014’s lineup includes Disclosure, Chvrches, Clean Bandit & Mount Kimbie, find out more about the festival here, and check out our spotify playlist below:

LISTEN: Club To Club Torino Spotify Playlist

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Setting trends and showcasing fresh electronic acts, Club To Club Torino is a forward-thinking event for up-to-date music fan. Find out about this venue hopping festival here, and check out our playlist here.

10 Electronic Music Events To Tick Off The Bucket List

From the world famous EDM banger Tomorrowland to the hardstyle rave of Syndicate, here are 10 electronic music festivals we highly recommend checking out.

(1) MUMBAI COLOR FESTIVAL / 16 AUG 2014 / UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS / Combining the vibrancy of India’s Holi Festival with the pumping electronic beats adored in Holland, Mumbai Color Festival is both a powerful experience and a chance to let go of every day inhibitions.

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(2) SONUS FESTIVAL / 18 - 22 AUG 2014 / NOVALJA, CROATIA / Creating the ultimate party zone across Zrće Beach, from the boat parties to the open-air nightclubs, Sonus Festival is both a holiday escape and a techno treat.

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(3) TOMORROWLAND / 2015 DATES TBA / BOOM, BELGIUM / Arguably the most quintessential electronic event on this list, from the magical decoration and setup of the stages, to the world class lineups, it’s a crime to be an electronic music fan and not attend this festival at least once in your life. Join the 2015 waiting list for updates here.

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(4) KAZANTIP REPUBLIC / 20 - 30 AUG 2014 / ANAKLIA, GEORGIA / Providing an alternative to reality, this party paradise of an independent country invites you to the ultimate hedonistic experience, where freedom and euphoria is on the agenda, and the need to return annually is a certain result.

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(5) SYNDICATE FESTIVAL / 4TH OCT 2014 / DORTMUND, GERMANY Seen as the ‘ambassadors in harder styles’ from hardstyle to hardcore, this is the ultimate winter indoor event, for when the nights are longer but the raves continue.

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(6) GROOVEFEST / 9 - 15 SEPT / PUERTO PLATA, DOMINCIAN REPUBLIC / Taking over a VIP resort in the golden Dominican Republic, your ticket to Groovefest will include drinks and meals, meaning all you will have to concern yourself with is enjoying the house, nu-disco and soul sounds.
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(7) LIEF FESTIVAL / 6 SEPT 2014 / UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS/ Inviting you to what could best be described as a fun childhood escape for adults, come visit the colourful stages, treating you to sounds of deep house, tech house, techno and all that delightfully fits in-between.
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(8) TRANSMISSION / 26 OCT / PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC / If you adore trance and want to experience visuals that will truly take your breath away then Transmission is the full ticket. With Markus Schulz returning every year, attend once and you’ll want to come back regularly as well!

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(9) MYSTERYLAND / 2015 DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED / HAARLEMMERMEER, NETHERLANDS / Where each stage takes on a different persona, step into a fantasy land where you can expect anything from Mad Hatter tea parties to walk-about theatre. Join our Mysteryland 2015 Waiting List here.

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(10) SUNBURN GOA / 27 - 29 DEC / GOA, INDIA/ Asia’s biggest EDM festival is an event every true electronic fan must add to their to-do list. Taking place later in the year it is a perfect way to have one final festival blowout before the year is through.

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7 Urban Acts You Have To See This Year

With Europe’s #1 hiphop event Fresh Island Festival celebrating another successful year, along with the recent launch of our Marsatac packages, Festicket thought we’d take some time out to recommend some unmissable rap, hip-hop, soul and urban influenced acts you need to experience this summer…

1 - JUNGLE

Debuting with a mid-tempo funk sound pleasantly arranged with soul influences and psychedelic touches, this London based collective are one of the hottest new acts on the urban scene.

Creating a sense of mystery around the faces behind the music, press photos are rare but their signature uplifting videos are plenty. From the adorable yet fierce 6 year old b-girl Terra in ‘Platoon’, to the infectious roller-skate dancing of ‘The Heat’, the energy and concepts of their videos are often felt in their live performance.

Appearing at: Pitchfork Paris, Club To Club Torino & Unknown.

2 - KELELA

Having previously dabbled in singing jazz and progressive metal, Kelela has now formed her own distinctive sound which falls into a hybrid of R&B, grime, techno, house and ambient.

Earning praise from the likes of Björk and Beyoncé, her ‘Cut 4 Me' mixtape has provided an exciting glimpse into what we can expect from her highly anticipated debut album.

Appearing at: Tauron Nowa Muzyka and Club To Club Torino

3 - ONRA

With a sound as multinational as his family background (Born in Germany to French parents, with his father having Vietnamese ancestry) Arnaud Bernard aka Onra is an experimental hip hop beat-maker all urban fans should experience.

King of samples and bringing together fans with an eager international ear, get ready to hear an unwinding sound both modern in its display, yet nostalgic in its call back to the heritage of countries he’s influenced by.

Appearing at: Marsatac

4 - YOUNG FATHERS



Utilising influences from band members family and living experiences in Liberia, Nigeria, USA and UK, this alternative hip hop group are a force to be reckoned with live.

Presenting a sound that has sprinklings of electronic, pop and rock, the band have regularly found themselves on “Best New Acts To Watch” lists, and have slowly been creeping higher up festival lineups.

Appearing at: On Blackheath

5 - DIE ANTWOORD

Fiercely dividing critics and fans of hip-hop, many wouldn’t include the South-African gang in this genre, whereas an equally large percentage would argue they have continuously earnt their stripes.

This group comprised of rappers Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek mix lashings of alternative hip-hop and rave, along with signature elements of the ‘Zef’ South-African counter-culture.

Appearing at: Leeds

6 - MYKKI BLANCO


Michael Quattlebaum Jr - mostly referred to by her feminine stage name of Mykki Blanco - is another game changer, forcing the status quo to expand their understanding of the possibilities of rap and hip-hop.

Defying gender roles, and drawing diverse influences from the roar of the riot grrrl voice to the fierce personas she presents in her outfits, You never quite know what to expect during a Mykki Blanco performance, and that’s what makes her an unmissable live act.

Appearing at: Berlin Festival

7 - KELIS

From the memorably angry ‘Caught Out There' to the instant floor-filler 'Milkshake’, Kelis has graced us with many hits and shakers and she’s back to bring us more.

Having recently released her sixth album ‘Food’, 2014 has been a busy year for this American artist, sharing her own appreciation for festivals and live events by touring festivals with her own food truck, to releasing her own designer tent with Field Candy.

Appearing at: Berlin Festival and Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival.

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If you enjoyed some or all of the acts we mentioned, checkout our spotify playlist below: