India's Goa Bans Electronic Music Festivals Between Christmas & New Year

David Pearson/REX/Shutterstock

Headphone disco in Palolem, Goa, India. 

Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar recently announced that Goa, India, will no longer support “EDM events” during the final week of the year, reports. “At that time, so many tourists are in Goa,” Parulekar said. “We do not want these EDM events at that time. It should be organized before or after that period.”

Dance Festivals in India Told to Add Security Following Alleged Terror Threat

In December, India Times reported that the Goa government banned festivals between December 15, 2016, and January 15, 2017. The tourism minister's latest statement suggests a slightly more lenient approach.

According to Parulekar, Goa is also looking to change the way it hosts major festivals like Sunburn and VH1 Supersonic by involving private landowners. "The Goa Tourism Development Corporation has invited tenders from people who have large tracts of land for organizing such events,” Parulekar noted. “We will offer the land to the event organizers and charge them for it.”