Goa is known for many things- beaches, cheap alcohol, amazing parties, and music festivals. Whether you're an all-night party person or a music fan, there's something for everybody. While the rest occur all year round, the music festivals in Goa are the best times to visit for the best experience. If you're not familiar with these, though, fear not, as we've compiled a list of the best ones to attend.
Possibly the most famous one on the list, Sunburn is known for incredible EDM lineups and the sheer size of the festival. Taking place from 27-29 December this year, the festival features massive names such as The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, and many more. Even if you're not an EDM fan, the electric atmosphere of Sunburn is infectious.
Goa International Jazz Live Festival/Jazz India Circuit
For all the jazz lovers out there, the Jazz India Circuit is an unmissable event. Also known as Goa International Jazz Live Festival, this event hosts both local as well as international jazz artists blending their traditional styles innovatively with everything from punk to R&B. This year, the festival is scheduled for 30 Nov-1 Dec. It'll host 8 acts including Dainius Pulauskas Group, The Great Harry Hillman, and Karan Khosla & Co.
Alien Universe Festival 2020
Goa is no stranger to psytrance. Alien Universe Festival is a massive psytrance music fest that shall take place from Jan 3 to Jan 5, featuring 30 acts over the 3 day period. Be prepared for an out-of-body, mind-bending experience. You don't need drugs when you have psytrance, seriously.
Sunsplash is India's biggest reggae festival, period. This January, from 10th to 12th January, you can experience acts such as Macka B, Naaman, and Jah Sun + The Rising Tide. Founded in 2016, the festival has hosted names including Mad Professor, Johnny Osbourne, and Brother Culture. With India's first custom reggae sound system, Goa Sunsplash is the best place to get your groove on this year.
Goa Hip Hop Festival
Don't worry, hip-hop heads, we've got you covered as well; Goa is a place where there's something for everybody. As India's largest Hip Hop Festival, Goa Hip Hop Festival is the only internationally social conscious rap fest in all of Asia. From 7th-8th Feb, the event shall host not only rappers, but DJs, breakdancers, and live bands; a perfect street culture expression on the exquisite sands of Riva Beach Resort. Panels, workshops, and food will all be available to complete your experience.