The debut edition of the boutique music and arts festival, GOAT Festival at Ashwem in Goa, will take place over three days from January 27 to 29, and promises to feature future-forward sounds from India and around the world alongside visual arts, theatre, wellness workshops and spoken word.
GOAT will seek to introduce and showcase a side of India rarely seen by international travellers and curate a multi-sensory, immersive experience unknown to many Indians.
Tickets for the three-day festival are available at http://www.goatfestival.co.uk/.
One of the highlights of the weekend for musicheads will be the opportunity to catch in action Gilles Peterson, a music connoisseur who has championed a truly global music perspective through his radio shows and label. Peterson is also the festival’s artist ambassador.
Curating some of the most exciting names from the London music scene, GOAT also features performances from modern jazz act Sarathy Korwar, rising beatmakers Henry Wu and Medlar alongside London party Secretsundaze founder, James Priestley and a DJ set from Icelandic duo, Kiasmos.
Featuring a handpicked selection of some of India’s best alternative music acts like techno producer BLOT!, Mumbai-based producer Sandunes, electronica act Aqua Dominatrix and Kumail among others, GOAT will also give international visitors an insight into the music scene in India.
But GOAT Festival offers you more than just great music in a forest by the beach.
Surrounded by greenery and on the beach, the stunning location for GOAT will be for most people the number one reason to attend. Widely regarded as one of the finest beaches in the state, Morjim beach is known for its silvery sands.
If the thought of lounging on the beach isn’t enough to entice you then there will be wellness workshops including sound bathing with Yin and Yang Yoga by Ali Gunning, an alternative music therapy through sound and sound wave; music, dance and art workshops, storytelling among other activities.
What else to expect at GOAT
GOAT seeks to showcase alternative India through art, design, fashion and gastronomy, and will provide punters with more than just music during the three days.
Bringing a slice of the UK festival experience to Goa in January will be a weekend packed with workshops including sound bathing with Yin and Yang Yoga by Ali Gunning, an alternative music therapy through sound and sound wave; storytelling and movement workshops with, dance and art workshops, live painting and a ritualistic burn on the beach.
Kit out your festival attire with some help from Little Shilpa, a Mumbai-based haute couture costume creator who has previously designed outfits for stars like Lady Gaga, and who will hold head-dress workshops, perfect for the bohemian vibe of the beach festival.
East London gong-based specialist Ali Gunning will be around the whole weekend to make sure that your head and heart are as well taken care of as your ears. Try your hand at sound bathing with Yin and Yang Yoga – alternative music therapy through sound and sound wave. Or maybe try your asanas on the beach.
Like the music, the food at the festival will also be a memorable highlight. There will be gourmet delicacies at pop-up restaurants alongside local specialities and vegan options, including tantalizing Indian street food.