Homegrown’s Guide To Exploring Goa This Season - Music Festivals, Arts & Culture

Homegrown’s Guide To Exploring Goa This Season - Music Festivals, Arts & Culture
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Tropical paradise & home to a diverse populace of tourists, backpackers & explorers from around the world, Goa, is also a breeding ground for Art, culture, music & nightlife enthusiasts. Infamously regarded as the country’s party capital, Goa boasts a chain of swanky bars, gastro-pubs & some of the most sought-after Night-clubs. Thanks to its pristine beaches, clear waters, posh bars & infinite propensity to surprise, Goa, has become a hub of sorts, for the underground, indie & electronic music circuit to thrive. The perfect juxtaposition of white sands, lush forests & picturesque views with its throbbing nightlife & music districts, is what brings travelers flocking to this little piece of heaven.

The highest traffic of tourists & visitors is during Goa’s season time, roughly from the start of December, up until the end of January. Summer aside, these two months observe the highest influx of tourists & explorers from India & abroad, owing to its peachy weather, sensational event calendar & overall vibrant atmosphere. Travelling & exploring in Goa can be a complex task, simply because of the copious options you have at all times. We at homegrown have simplified this quandary, by preparing a brief manual to help you discover some of the most exotic places, events & festivals to be a part of this season.

Tonight’s top season feature is the ‘neon grooves’ festival at Anatares restaurant & beach club, a premiere destination for good music, great company and groovy vibes. Tonight’s neon grooves festival, is a must swing-by for anybody in Goa, searching for the right audience to enjoy electronic / underground tunes. The festival features some of the key music curators in the underground scene.

Lineup: Ayesha Pramanik | Baba Robijn | Bahaar | Farhan Rehman | Hamza | Himay | Latif Khan | Rajasthan | Folkstars | Roan Sable | Shri | Stalvart John | Tansane | Thee J JOhanz | Troja | Unnayanaa | Zokhuma

Venue: Antares

Date: 30th December

The ideal avenue for music-hippies, party backpackers and other thrill seekers to escape to; while in Goa. The full moon-party at Arambol beach is a throwback to the 70’s chilled-out atmosphere & island culture. The perfect party for someone seeking a fantasy new-years celebration, featuring white sands, bright lights & tropical fits.

Lineup: DJ Terra |DJ Savaa | DJ Makasi | DJ Jayant

Venue: Aramabol

Date: 31st December

Picture an exotic new year rave, shrouded in a mystical forest, highlighted by trippy music & special performances by artists from Russia, Ibiza. The right place for magical souls looking to escape the mundane norm of club parties.

Lineup: Ron Cost | Luna Summer | Shaun Moses | Miguel Matzo | Votta | Thugnaari | MC Joe

Venue: Anjuna

Date: 31st December

The first ever Lemonade Festival is happening in Goa and has the best line-up of artists of all time. The first edition of the festival will be bringing to you a number of homegrown and international artists across two stages facing the beautiful shores of North Goa at Riva Beach Resort. Featuring a carefully curated line up ranging from Reggae and Dub to Electronic, House, Techno and Drum N Bass.

Lineup: DJ Spinn | Kode9 | Varg2™ | DJ Paypal

Venue: Riva Beach Resort

Date: 31st December

Goa’s single most iconic hotspot, this flamboyant nightclub is the key spot for most party-mongers, seeking thrill when in goa. This new year’s eve, goa’s sensation club, LPK brings you the BEST OF THE NEW Year’s eve, The LOVE STORY 2020 featuring Live DJs, Laser and Fire show, & LED-FLAME Dancers. Main features include international acts, top chart DJ Line-up, live music, belly dancers, love photobooths & three stages. LPK is the ideal new year celebration choice if a commercial club environment, splendor & good music are your go-to.


Date: 31st December

A festival engineered to fit the fancy of the psychedelic traveler, party backpacker or even a regular music buff. A powerful blend of hypnotic beats, picturesque décor & an impressive lineup of Trance / Psy artists from around the world, give this festival, a distinct persona. Once you enter the rave, you officially step into an “alien universe”

Lineup: Psykovsky | Silent Horror | Rawar | Sator Arepo | Cracked Nozes | Yara | Malkaviam | Yarakaviam | Killatk (Zulu Tunes) | Bobblehead

Venue: Pinakin Beach Café

Date: 3rd - 5th January

The High Tide Festival is an Underground, by the beach, music festival in Goa. The festival offers musical performances, workshops, film screenings, yoga, fire performances, art exhibits and a variety of visual pieces.

Venue: Marbella Beach Resort

Date: 3rd - 5th January

A transformative movement adventure by the ocean. Celebrate with your global ecstatic dance family and an exquisite line-up of artists & teachers. We are excited to be with you again. The ecstatic dance festivals helps individuals tap into their inner spirit, using dance as a mode of expression.

Lineup: Tikki Masala (DJ)| Ben Pavlidis (DJ) | Arun Ji (DJ) | Esta Polyesta (DJ) | Pascal de Lacaze (DJ & live) | Baptiste Sejourne (DJ & live)

Venue: Arambol

Date: 10th January

Goa Sunsplash is India’s largest celebration of reggae music. Founded in 2016, the festival moved from Anjuna to Mandrem in 2018. Past headliners have included Mad Professor, Johnny Osbourne, General Levy, Zion Train, Manudigital, Cali P, Skarra Mucci and Brother Culture. The festival is focused on becoming a complete cultural experience and is proud to be the home of India’s first hand crafted reggae sound system,10,000 Lions. Goa Sunsplash 2020 is being held at Riva Beach Resort, Mandrem, Goa.

Lineup: Macka B | OBF + Charlie P | Naaman |Sarah Lugo ft. Supa Mana | Jah Sun + The Rising Tide | Housewife’s Choice | Kadmabari & The Coffee Cats

Venue: Riva Beach Resort

Date: 10th - 12th January

This three-day event gathers professionals, the best artists, and people who just love tattoos in Anjuna, Goa. The best tattoo masters from all over the world, as well as the best Indian artists annually come to the festival grounds to observe each other's work, show off their own, and find something new. The Goa Tatoo Festival also features plenty of entertainment, live music, an art gallery, live art displays, parties and dozens of market stalls with various arts and crafts.

Venue: Anjuna Beach

Date: 17th January

Hilltopia is a unique & exclusively psychedelic property introduced by hilltop hotel goa; taking place once every month, it features some of the biggest names in the psychedelic & trance scene. An absolute haven for music fanatics.

Lineup: Eat Static – Live | Braincell | Ingrained Instincts | Illumination Parvati Records Official 20 Year Anniversary | Giuseppe Parvati-Records | Derango | Onkel Dunkel | Parvati-Records

Venue: Hilltop Hotel

Date: 18th January

The purpose of the Wonder Woman festival is to bring women together to begin a journey of consciousness and inner freedom. Assisting and supporting you to live a free-flowing, ever-changing, healing lifestyle. A safe circle of women gatherings with certain meditation tools and therapies helps us to heal and ignite that something NEW or wondrous inside us… and to take that along with you in your daily life. Wonder Woman Festival is to celebrate the essentials of woman’s sensuality, emotional fluidity, love, strength, sexuality, healing, compassion, nurturer, forgiveness, intuitive powers, and expressive creativity.

Venue: Mandrem beach

Date: 30th January

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