Fifth Edition of Reggae Festival Goa Sunsplash Witnesses its Largest Audience Ever!
by EVENTFAQS Bureau Entertainment | January 17, 2020 | Press Release
The fifth edition of reggae festival Goa Sunsplash strengthened its reputation as South Asia’s largest celebration of reggae culture in South Asia. This year, the festival expanded to become a three-day festival and also increased participation by attendees not only in terms of numbers, but also by way of workshops, talks, and efforts to reduce festival waste.
Attended by over 2,000 people on each day from January 10th – 12th 2020, the festival saw some special performances by the likes of the legendary reggae singer Macka B; musical globetrotters and Britain-based fusion band The Turbans; rising star of the French reggae scene, Naaman – who continued his very successful run Goa Sunsplash; one of the more soulful voices in reggae and one of its brighter stars, Sara Lugo and the first-ever head-to-head showdown between two hand-built Jamaican-style sound systems in India, BFR Sound System and 10,000 Soundsystem.
Zorawar Shukla aka General Zooz of Reggae Rajahs, co-founder of Goa Sunsplash said, "This was our first year as a three-day festival, and we were a little unsure but from the get-go, from day one, it was a success and that for us, was the biggest takeaway from the weekend. The weekend was brimming with people, we had artists from six different continents and audience from all corners of the world – reflective of the diverse reggae community. The food court really worked, was very popular as were the talks and workshops. We moved from strength to strength this year.
It’s wasn’t just music that people came to Goa Sunsplash for. The emphasis for Goa Sunsplash as a festival was to offer a holistic lifestyle and cultural experience that reflects the reggae ethos, and it was successful in creating experiences that could be enjoyed by all age-groups. One of the big takeaways from Goa Sunsplash was the participation of attendees in helping the festival reduce waste. The festival adopted a no-plastic bottle policy and made available free drinking water – courtesy Bisleri – that attendees could drink after buying a reusable cup at entry.
The only festival in India to focus exclusively on reggae and its sub-genres, Goa Sunsplash has been instrumental in bolstering the reach of the reggae community in India.
For its fifth edition, the Goa-based festival expanded to become three-day festival this strengthened its reputation as South Asia’s largest celebration of reggae culture in South Asia.