Two days after Chief Minister Pramod Sawant denied permission to host Sunburn Music Festival in the state, Percept Live, the organisers of the event, the music festival will take place in a smaller limited capacity at Vagator.
"Percept Live would like to clarify that an initial application was made to host Sunburn Festival at Vagator in Goa at a similar mega-scale as it used to take place earlier. Under advice from the Government of Goa, it was decided to not pursue this mega festival any further due to the covid pandemic. Hence the Sunburn mega festival is not taking place in Goa this year," the event management company said in a statement.
"However bearing in mind the improving situation and with nightlife & events slowly making a come-back, Percept has tied up with Hilltop, Vagator to produce a smaller limited capacity Sunburn event from 27-29th Dec at Hilltop, Vagator, Goa," the statement further said.
On Wednesday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that the cabinet has decided to deny permission to host the Sunburn Music Festival.
"We have not given permission for Sunburn this year. We will not be having Sunburn. This time we have not given permission to Sunburn. My office has already processed the file," Sawant had told reporters after a cabinet meeting.
Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar had maintained that while he was in favour of hosting the event, he added that the Chief Minister may have denied permission due to the possible re-emergence of the Covid pandemic.