When you think India your brain will conjure up stereotypical images of Bollywood films, bright colours, and sounds that are reminiscent of a snake charmer playing the pungi. When you think travel, party, music your thoughts would more than likely go straight to Europe or possibly South America.
Goa, in the south of India, will shatter the clichés of India you are imagining and everything you know about Electronic Dance Music. Long known to travellers as the go-to party destination of India, Goa is emerging as a go to destination for deep house and trance music lovers to unite.
Don’t get us wrong the bright colours are all still there. The scene can be traced back to 80’s when raving was done right so you can rest assured the roots are firmly planted in the right soil. Many of the trance parties take inspiration from traditional Indian Hindu imagery and the crowd isn’t just filled with tourists, Goa can still give visitors the chance to meet locals and get to know India through their eyes.
With the emergence of any music-loving crowd is the emergence of festivals. For the past few years the festival scene in Goa has been growing rapidly. With idyllic golden beaches and and crystal clear water its no surprise. From Sunburn, one of the largest festivals in Asia that holds popular electronic dance figures such as Dimitri Vegas and Afro Jack to the house and techno haven of Supersonic that had sets in 2015 from the likes of Joris Voorn and Adam Beyer. Believe us when we tell you Goa has your musical needs covered.
True purists of the Goa music scene of the 90’s may find it a stark change to the past however the friendly nature of the crowd remains. And don’t worry, if EDM isn’t your thing you do not have to travel far to find the classic Goa Trance raves that run most nights from late November to early March.
You will always hear stories of secret rave-dens in Berlin, outdoor clubs in Budapest or boat parties on the Greek Islands. If you want something different, a unique crowd where locals and music purists blend with followers of the festival circuit and globetrotters then you’re a fool not to find yourself in India.