Start the new year with a new boutique music and arts festival on the sandy beaches of Goa.

The three-day festival called GOAT is going to take place on January 27th, 28th and 29th on Ashvem and Morjim beach. Put together by London-based music and events agency, GOAT Music, the festival will feature a fusion of contemporary and traditional sounds from international and Indian artists, making for an experience quite unlike both Indian and international travellers would have witnessed in the past.

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Artists performing at the festival are a melange of the best Indian producers alongside alternative and underground international stars. Gilles Peterson, also the festival’s artist ambassador, leads the lineup. For those who aren’t acquainted with the British-producer’s work, let’s just say that he’s been in the DJing field for more than 30 years and not too long ago, was named creative director of file sharing site WeTransfer. He has left his impression on the global music world though his radio shows and label. Joining Peterson will be US-born, Pune-educated and London-based jazz composer, percussionist and producer Sarathy Korwar. Korwar’s debut album Day to Day fuses traditional folk music with jazz and electronics.

Other big names to the roster are:

James Priestley

Dope St Jude + Sorceress


Yussef Kamaal + Henry Wu

Janus Rasmussen of the Icelandic duo Kiasmos

Marquis Hawkes

Kuenta i Tambu

Donn Bhat + Passenger Revelator


Aqua Dominatrix


Madboy Mink

But, considering this is a beach festival, you can’t expect music to be the only source of entertainment. GOAT has lined up a series of activities to give you that beach festival experience you can’t go home without. Watersports like surfing and paddle-boating, well-being workshops and yoga sessions to indulge in throughout the day, on-site spa therapies, dance and art workshops, storytelling sessions and different forms of performing arts round up the festival experience. Need we say more?

If you’re planning on starting the new year on a good note, here is where you should unwind.

The tickets are on sale starting today. So grab them here.