Nikhil Chinapa partners Phase 1 to launch Wonderwall, a breezy music fest in Goa
Known for raucous crowds and big stage festivals, Goa’s reputation as a party destination is known around the world. Wonderwall, Goa’s new boutique beach festival strays from that formula and is an intimate party from December 28-30 that hopes to invoke the same spirit that made the beaches of Goa the world’s favourite party destination before Thailand and Ibiza.
To be held at the Sunset Ashram that overlooks the Arabian Sea on Ashwem Beach, Wonderwall has been conceptualised by friends – music entrepreneur and DJ Nikhil Chinapa, Goa-based entrepreneur Shailesh Shetty and Oum Pradutt, founder of Phase 1 Experiences headquartered in Bangalore – has been envisioned as an intimate gathering for the bohemian Indian, amidst swaying coconut trees and in the company of friends, free from the trappings of mass festivals.
With a limited capacity of just 1,200 people, Wonderwall hopes to focus on what made Goa special to thousands of dance music fans – not just from India but around the world – and also recognises the efforts of the dance music community that has propelled the Indian music scene as one of the world’s most exciting new markets. “I have been going to Goa every December since 1991 and I didn’t see any reason for things to be any different this year,” says Chinapa, who will host the three-day beach festival.
“Ever since we have started playing the big festivals in Goa, we have lost out a little bit on the randomness, discovering hidden tucked away parties, listening to DJs you had never heard before. All of that got co-opted by the Facebook moment. What we, my friends and I, are trying to do with Wonderwall is go back to the space where Goa was beautiful without being corporatized. I have found a venue that I’d been looking for since we started the festivals. It’s filled with coconut trees, and is perfect for the organic, earthy vibe that we want for Wonderwall. It’s small, intimate and instead of big LED screens will have hand-painted signs, easy furniture and hammocks. And I believe that this year, we will have just the right kind of crowd that values Goa for what it is,” he adds.
With appearances expected from some of the biggest names from the world of house and techno, and artists that share a bond with Indian audiences, Wonderwall will be an immersive, intimate and enticing experience for dance music fans from all over the country and around the world, perfect for that beach setting.
Playing duties on opening day fall on American producer King Arthur, whose debut album Believe in the Kingdom has been receiving warm reviews alongside house heavyweight Norman Doray and Bangalore-based Rohit Barker, among other names to be announced.
There will also be a special surprise in store for attendees on day two with a special line-up curated by Anjunadeep that includes a special, back-to-back set by rising talent Yotto and old-favourite Jody Wisternoff. Dutch act Cubicolor, whose debut album Brainsugar was one of 2016’s most anticipated releases and reached number one on iTunes India electronica charts, will also be a highlight for Anjunadeep fans.
UK-based house music label, Defected Records will put up a special Defected in the House showcase featuring Grammy Award-winning house music producer Roger Sanchez, Brussels-based house music producer Kid Crème alongside British producer Funkagenda and India’s Aneesh Gera and Nawed Khan.
Wonderwall is scheduled to run from 2 pm to 10 pm at Sunshet Ashram in Ashwem. Season tickets for the Wonderwall will be available on submerge.in for Rs 3375, and will include bar coupons for Rs 500 for each day attended.
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