Hill Top is Goa’s iconic party destination and the place to be for all trance aficionados! People from across the globe convene in this neon palm grove for its legendary psychedelic parties. Sundays are a weekly event here, albeit strict 5pm to 10pm affairs, with international DJs playing the pulsing beats of Goa psy-trance to a mixed global crowd of Goa’s residential global urban nomads and old school hippies to student backpackers and international tourists. On Christmas, New Years and other occasional events, Hilltop hosts special raves, where the numbers multiply to the thousands, and the parties last for more than 24 hours.
Hill Top, as its name suggests, is located atop the hill in Vagator and strategically located a distance away from residential neighbourhoods. Deserted by day, this open-air venue transforms to Goa’s most prime party destination on some evenings and a flea market on Friday afternoons.
With its neon palm grove of glow-in-dark coconut trees, psychedelic art of luminous designs depicting mandalas, aliens to dieties, and its vast open playground for Goa’s diverse party goers, Hill Top is Goa’s most revered fixture of its still prevalent trance scene. The weekly Sunday parties (despite the strictly enforced 10pm curfew), and Christmas and New Year marathon draw crowds from across the globe, to share what remains of Goa’s subversive culture.
Apart from its wild, irreverent vibe, the organization at Hill Top is meticulous- with printed tickets, garbage collectors, kiosks for drinks and food, and artists flown in from across the world, often featuring some the industry’s finest. The admission is fair, the drinks are cheap, the vendors sell everything you need and the atmosphere is supremely laid-back, a throwback to another more idyllic era.
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