Sunburn in India would be a drive-in music concert

Written by Nizam Shaikh

The COVID-19 pandemic has still gripped our country, not only the disease affected the lives of many families but also slowed the economy down to the knees. The Government of India has therefore placed strict restrictions on public gatherings and since the lockdown associated with the pandemic was exercised, theatres and cinema halls have not been reopened fearing the spike in CoronaVirus cases in various cities especially those associated with tourism. 

One such state in our country is Goa, the state predominantly dependant on tourism is also the host for the famous electronic dance music festival, Sunburn. Sunburn is Asia’s largest music festival and is held every year at Vagator in Goa except for one occasion). Now, Goa amidst the pandemic Goa is opening its arm to host the music festival again. Yes, Sunburn is being planned and the tickets for the event were being sold online through e-commerce websites. 

But due to the pandemic, the Sunburn music festival will take a new avatar. This time around the Sunburn will be a Drive-In concert which will provide enthusiasts with enough social distancing, adhering to the rules during the pandemic and also allowing patrons to have their own space to enjoy the show. The drive-in will be a first come first served in terms of the car parking slot/assignment and the organisers are charging INR 3,000 per vehicle where only four persons per car can be accommodated. 

The tailgating zone will have a space of two-car garages for each vehicle and the drive-in show is designed to to maximize social distancing. Also, safety measures such as No entry without masks and maintenance of a 2-metre distance while accessing washrooms is compulsory. To ensure safety, socializing among different vehicles is also not allowed at the event and patrons are expected to follow all local health and safety standards, as well as state regulations. Of course, the use of drugs is prohibited and guests will not be allowed to carry, from the outside, any liquids, alcohol, cigarettes and banned substances including outside food.