For so many of us, music is more than just music. It’s a refuge, a way to break free and escape from all our worries. While a lot of us indulge in virtual forms of music, the trend of live music and music festivals is also picking up pace. Years ago, India had just a handful of music festivals which were graced by just popular artists but now the scene has changed.
Today, India is now very much a part of this global trend with umpteen music festivals to choose from. These festivals don’t just offer great music but also great food with happy vibes and memories worth a lifetime. We’ve handpicked 10 such music festivals which you shouldn’t miss!
Sunburn is India’s premier electronic music brand which has been hosting Asia’s largest 3-day Electronic Music Festival in Goa and other cities since 2007. It introduced some of the world’s best DJs to India like Avicii, Dash Berlin, Armin Van Buuren, Swedish House Mafia and many more. For an amalgamation of music, entertainment, food, shopping and lifestyle, don’t miss out on this festival.
2. NH7 Bacardi Weekender
NH7 Weekender is an annual and one of the largest music festivals in India. Held between October and December, it travels to multiple cities like Pune, Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Shillong. Notable artists who have performed at the festivals include Steven Wilson, José González, Mark Ronson, Mogwai, Flying Lotus, The Wailers, A. R. Rahman, Imogen Heap, The Vaccines, Megadeth, Rodrigo y Gabriela, SBTRKT, Chase & Status, Bombay Bicycle Club, Farhan Akhtar Live and more. Its remarkable lineup of artists makes it one of the top music festivals in India.
3. Sula Fest
With over 120 artists, SulaFest is a big crowd-puller and it ensures not just good music but also great food, fun, frolic and flea markets. One can enjoy mouth-watering gourmet food, wines from Sula and across the globe, or indulge in shopping, foot massages, tattoos, tarot reading, grape stomping, special wine tours and many fun filled activities to round off the event.
4. Storm Festival
Enjoy cosy nights in the lap of nature with misty mornings, lung-friendly walks, yoga sessions, music workshops, bonfires, roasted marshmallows, different genres of music, live music collaborations and more. Conceptualised over a decade ago, it’s a perfect escape from the hustle-bustle of your city for memorable days full of fun!
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5. Ziro Festival of Music
Ziro Festival of Music takes place in the beautiful Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh in India with the best of contemporary music and art the world has to offer. Amazing people, camping options, great music, striking art surrounded by the hills on all the sides makes it all worthwhile.
6. Enchanted Valley Carnival
Enchanted Valley Carnival (EVC) is a unique festival which was introduced to the Indian audiences in 2013. It is the first-ever music festival in Asia to have a fully-fledged campsite which offers adventure sport, gourmet food, different genres of music- from electronic music to International Pop, Bollywood, EDM, techno, fusion, Indie and experimental music. Bringing together some of the most brilliant international performers, EVC is one event you definitely shouldn’t miss.
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7. VH1 Supersonic Festival
Supersonic Festival started in 2013 with 5 days in Candolim, Goa before deciding to change the venue to Pune in 2017. The festival offers hours and hours of non-stop back to back music from the best Dance Music DJs in the world. It will ensure that you make unforgettable memories and bonds that’ll last a lifetime.
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8. Mahindra Blues Festival
9. Magnetic Fields Festival
10. Hornbill Festival
Hornbill Festival takes place in December every year and was started to boost tourism in Nagaland. Soon it struck chords with people from around the world due to the unique cultural displays of art, music and dance performances held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama near Kohima. The festival is now appropriately called the ‘Festival of Festivals’ and ‘Window to Nagaland’.
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