For any music aficionados whose dream is to groove to their favorite artists in some of the most beautiful places in India, here is the opportunity to be a part of the best music festivals from across the country; trust me when I say going will invigorate you beyond measure!
Recent years have seen a rapid development of the festival circuit, thanks to a winning combination of unspoiled, fascinating regions, a passionate fan base, and promoters with a longing to give take-your-breath-away encounters to both the domestic and foreign fan. From EDM to rock music, folk songs to Bollywood (and that’s only the tip of the iceberg), find this out for yourself by going to any one (or all!) of these festivals.
Hornbill Festival, Nagaland
Nagaland is already well-known for its unblemished tranquility and cultural heritage. And when the 7-day Hornbill Festival happens here in early December, then what you get is thrilling! Supported by the Government of Nagaland and organized by the state’s Tourism and Art and Culture Departments, Hornbill festival provides an unmatchable blend of traditional Naga music, art, dance and culture.
Enchanted Valley, Maharashtra
This stylish festival is a three-day jubilee held at the amazing Ambay Valley City, close to the famous hill station of Lonavala. This unique event pays tribute to pioneering music genres like House, Techno, Trance, Drum and Bass, as well as the obvious chart-toppers.
The biggest and best electronic music in Asia is here, right by the gorgeous beaches of Goa. The Sunburn Festival happens each year in Goa in the last week of December, and regularly brings in tens of thousands of partygoers and fans every year. It has been named the world’s ninth best dance music celebration; with the sort of mind-blowing EDM music you get here, no-one’s surprised Sunburn is such a pull!
Ziro Festival, Arunachal
Nature and music come together as one at Ziro Festival. In the midst of the virgin beauty of the Ziro valley, at 5500 feet what you experience can never be communicated in words. The rush in your body you get while listening to the electric music is a natural consequence of the surroundings – the awe-inspiring mountains, the beauteous scene and the breeze, each plays its own delicate tune, and enhances the aura of Ziro Festival.
Imagine the perpetually beguiling Himalayas, towering over a serene lake. Now add a cultural extravaganza of music and art, and you have Escape Festival. What began with only a couple of artists has today gained an enormous and well-deserved band of followers. Musicians, painters, photographers, tattoo specialists, potters and graffiti artists all converge on gorgeous Naukuchiatal in Uttarakhand for three days, waking up this normally peaceful seclude. Need any more tempting to come to this different universe or, dare we say it, paradise?
Freedom Jam, Chennai
This yearly festival, which coincides with India’s Independence Day, has been praised by critics for its promoting of emerging acts, as well as its free entry. With numerous stages and thousands attending, Freedom Jam gives punters a chance to break their musical shackles and appreciate music of different varieties from all over the nation.
Magnetic Fields festival
The most up-to-date music occasion, Magnetic Fields is one for your visual as well as your auditory senses. The freshest kitsch festival to hit the music market, Magnetic Fields consistently lives up to its name, pulling in swarms of contemporary acts to its marvelous venue for three epic days of music, dance, art, food and enchantment!
Rajasthan International Folk Festival
In the event that you need a calm occasion to fulfil your musical needs, make a point to go to the International Folk Festival, held at the majestic setting of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur each October. The celebration is an open stage for acclaimed craftsmen and artists from India and all over the globe to take part in a musical bonanza.
Mahindra Blues, Mumbai
Since 2011, the Mahindra Blues Festival has attracted a portion of the world’s best Blues performers for its two-day affair. As Asia’s biggest and finest Blues festival, MBF takes pride in featuring acts by soul legends, as well as emerging talent.
Another eclectic musical festival which always brings in crowds is Ragasthan. For three days in November, the brilliant dunes surrounding Jaisalmer play host to India’s self-styled ‘Craziest Music Festival’. Only the adventurous need apply though: fans are invited to camp on-site, in order to best enjoy this joyous affair of folk, classical, rock, pop and electronic music.