India's west coast is home to one of the countries most treasured beach destinations in Goa. Located on the Arabian Sea, Goa has played home to music festivals dating back to the 80s and is famous for the birth of Goa trance. Since 2016, Goa has also become the home of India's largest scale reggae gathering known as Goa Sunsplash. The inaugural event has recently announced their 2021 edition, and although live music events across the nation have returned in some capacity, the organizers have decided in the interest of public safety that Goa Sunsplash 2021 will be a digital affair.
The large scale reggae gathering now spans three days and features three unique stages — Arambol Grove, Lions Den and Mandrem Verandah. Arambol Grove is the largest stage and where headliners and live bands perform in the setting of a coconut grove. Mandrem Verandah places guests in scenic views of the Arabian Sea with a focus on livelier music including hip hop, soca, dancehall and afro beats. Meanwhile, the Lions Den is the crown jewel, where guests experience roots reggae, dub and even modern bass styles through India's very first hand-built 10,000 Lions reggae sound system.
Past headliners of Goa Sunsplash include Mack B, Mad Professor, Dub FX, Johnny Osbourne, Anthony B, General Levy, Skarra Mucci, Zion Train, Manudigital, Cali P, Channel One Soundsystem, Brother Culture and many more. While going digital, the 2021 edition will take place January 23-24 and maintain the tradition of solid line-ups with guests Clenton Fearon, Apache Indian, Bobby Hustle, Naâman, Lojal Collective and support from reggae talents across the nation. Streaming of the event will be free, but the organizers are accepting donations for Goa Outreach, a charity providing assistance to underprivileged children across the nation.
More information is available on the organiser's website here. If you've never been to Goa Sunsplash, Lifetime Travelmates put together this in-depth recap video from the 2020 edition that you can watch below.