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Dancing Astronaut’s Soundtrack to Sunburn Season 8

Dancing Astronaut's Soundtrack to Sunburn Season 8

Now in its 8th year, Sunburn Festival — and the promotional company behind it — continue to pave the way for EDM in India. The largest music festival in Asia, Sunburn Goa’s 2014 edition featured a roster of talent that showcased some of the biggest and brightest personalities in the electronic music industry. Headlined by Sander Van Doorn, Knife Party, and Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, our three days on the Vagator coastline in Goa, India were defined by the main stage’s most ground-shaking tracks.

DVBBS and Dropgun feat Sanjin - Pyramids (Original Mix)

The main attraction at Sunburn was the main stage, and no one does it better than Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Drop in fellow main stage mischief makers, DVBBS, and their collab alongside Dropgun “Pyramids,” and you’ve got a volatile combination that set off the crowd of 40,000.

New World Sound & Timmy Trumpet - The Buzz (Original Mix)

New World Sound and Timmy Trumpet’s collaboration “The Buzz” effectively kicked off the party on Sunburn’s second day. Their mid afternoon set acted as the spark that ignited an evening’s worth of main stage mayhem and it was “The Buzz,” and its blaring trumpets that sounded the alarm.

Alo Wala - City Boy (Original Mix)

Over on the Love stage, funk syndicated Alo Wala arrived aboard their interplanetary bass spaceship. The hip-hop, space rock, global house hybrids performed their debut album CITYBOY’s lead single of the same name. While Shivani spit her bombastic verses, two volunteers from the audience flailed and jumped along on stage to the dancehall rhythms.

Paul Oakenfold & Cassandra Fox - Touch Me (Stateside Remix)

Paul Oakenfold’s Sunburn set fell right in line with the 20th anniversary of his Goa Essential mix. In honor of the past becoming the present, Oakenfold’s rework of the vocal classic Rui Da Silva & Cass Fox classic “Touch Me” served as a friendly reminder that great music is immortal.

Corona - Rhythm of the Night (Blonde Remix)

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike took a break from blistering kicks to spin Blonde’s rework of the Corona classic “Rhythm of the Night.” The airy vocals and cool breeze blowing through the rocky hillside served as a momentary respite from the weekend’s over-the-top finale.

Baauer - Raspberry (Original Mix)

Over on the Cubezoid stage – a beacon of dub beats glowing in the distance – Baauer drew a tightly-packed crowd of fans far from the main stage. Between frequent throwback hip hop cuts, Baauer spliced in “Raspberry.” The stirring beat and steady swing stood out as one of the set’s most cohesive moments.

Dannic & Shermanology - Wait For You (Original Mix)

Dannic and Shermanology’s vocal anthem “Wait for You” captured the attention of the overzealous main stage crowd. Bookended by electro anthems, Dorothy Sherman’s pop diva vocals incited the first sing-a-long of day three on the main stage.

Afrojack feat. Matthew Koma - Illuminate (Original Mix)

Matthew Koma emerged from his feature credits into his own main stage performance on Day 2. Singing live the pop dynamo performed his Afrojack collaboration “Illuminate” bringing a level of showmanship not often seen on the main stage.

Sander Van Doorn & Firebeatz - Guitar Track (Original Mix)

Sander Van Doorn asserted his presence as one of the festival’s best during his closing hour on Friday night. His recent collaboration alongside Firebeatz “Guitar Track” kicked off the day’s climax as the Dance god inspired main stage exploded into a sea of color.

Knife Party - 404 (Original Mix)

Perhaps the most anticipated set of the entire weekend, Knife Party’s never subtle style was met with wild enthusiasm the minute they appeared on stage. It was “404” and its savage breaks that did the trick, chirping 8-bit melodies through a barrage of gritty saws.