Music festivals are a great way to relax and unwind after a long hectic week. The new and upcoming music festivals in India have become very popular among youngsters and tourists as a small weekend getaway. For music lovers, this eclectic mix of loud music coupled with their favorite songs, whether on the beach, under a banyan tree or on the hills, is definitely worth traveling for.
Here are some popular music festivals in India that music lovers must visit:
1. Sunburn: Goa
When we talk about music festivals, the first one that comes into mind is the famous Sunburn Festival
in Goa. It is Asia’s largest music festival and was ranked as the 9th best electronic dance music festival in the world by CNN. It is the perfect mixture of music, dance, food and shopping.
With some of the best international and local DJ’s including Axwell, Above & Beyond, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Van Dyke, Sanjay Dutta, Anish Sood and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, this 3-day music festival is definitely worth a visit. It usually takes place towards the end of the year in the month of December in Goa.
2. NH7 Weekender: Pune, Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkata
NH7 Weekender is one of the most popular Indie music festivals in the country. What started out as a small organized music event in Pune in 2010, has now turned into a three-day multi-city festival with events in Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkata. Sponsored by Bacardi, this festival hosts a number of famous acts including Buraka Som Sistema, Bombay Bicycle Club, Egypt 80 and Seun Kuti.
A perfect combination of international performances and various genres of music, NH7 Weekender is a must visit on every music lovers list. If you are planning to be a part of this music festival, it is best to visit at least two of them to get your heart’s fill of music, travel and entertainment.
3. Mahindra Blues: Mumbai
As the name suggests, this music festival caters a specific genre of music. Held in the popular Mehboob Studio in Mumbai, Mahindra Blues music festival is known for offering 2-days of soul gripping and exciting Blues music to its guests. It is one of the largest and finest Blues music festivals in Asia.
Started in 2011, Mahindra Blues Music Festival has come a long way and has been successful in hosting various music legends such as John Lee Hooker Jr., Buddy Guy, Walter Trout and Taj Mahal. Held in February every year, Mahindra Blues Music Festival is also a great platform for new Blues bands to perform along with some of the great Blues bands in the world.
4. Storm: Bangalore
The best part about this music festival is that it combines music with a little bit of adventure sports. Held every year during the end of January, this thrilling camping music festival incorporated different music genres together including folk, indie, electronic dance and much more. Hence, it caters to all types of music lovers.
Storm music festival
is held on the outskirts of Bangalore, which makes the entire experience not only comfortable but also exciting for the campers. Moreover, due to its location, visitors can also enjoy the beautiful sites in and around Bangalore.
5. Sula Fest: Nasik
Sula Fest is a fun wine and music festival held in Nashik as Sula Vineyards every year. Held during the month of February, Sula Fest
is the perfect amalgamation of electronic music, reggae dubstep and shopping, food and of course, wine.
This two day festival in Nashik hosts a number of Indian and international artists including Susheela Raman, Baycity Lights, DJ Anna and Dub Pistols. Guests can either stay in the gorgeous Beyond Vineyard Resort or camp out in the ‘Tent City’. There are also many fun activities like Grape Stomping that you absolutely cannot miss.
6. The Great Indian October Fest: Bangalore
Started on the basis of German Oktoberfest in Munich, the Great Indian October Fest
in Bangalore is much more than just beer and music. Since its inception in 2005, the festival has grown immensely to include other elements as well. It is India’s largest Music and Beer Festival and is attended by thousands of music lovers every year.
Live music, back-to-back concerts, sumptuous food and fun games like Air Guitar, there is not a single moment during the festival. This three day event offers great excitement with pulsating music from top performers like Arijit Singh, Raghu Dixit Project, Mika Singh and Rohan Kapoor.
7. Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF): Jodhpur
This music festival is for those who love classical and folk music and arts of Rajasthan. Held in Mehrangarh Fort
in October every year, this event is an open stage for celebrated musicians and artists from not just India but also across the world to showcase their talent.
8. Ragasthan: Jaisalmer
Held in November, Ragasthan is yet another culturally diverse music festival, attracting thousands of people from all over the country and globe. The best part about this festival is the location. It is held right in the middle of Rajasthan’s dessert, which gives the visitors a completely unique experience.
This three-day event is characterized by amazing music, delicious food, distinctive accommodation (in the form of tents) and camels for transport. One of the most exciting and thrilling festivals that is perfect for those who want to get away from the hectic city life.
9. Fireflies: Bangalore
Held about 20 kilometers from Bangalore, under a banyan tree, Fireflies is a one-of-a-kind music festival in the country. The most interesting part about the fest is that the artists perform from 7 in the morning till 7 in the evening non-stop and the proceeds of the event go towards the schooling of Kabini’s Adivasi children in Mysore.
10. Rang: New Delhi
Celebrated during the festival of Holi, Rang is an exclusive music festival held in the capital city of India. It is known for providing the ultimate electronic music experience along with a feel of the colorful festival. With fun activities like rain dancing and other exciting games, Rang has become one of the most popular music festivals during Holi.
Other popular music festivals in the country include Kasauli Rhythm and Blues Fest (Kasauli), Purvankara (Bangalore), Shiva Squad Festival (Manali), GoMAD Fest (Ooty), Holi Cow (New Delhi), Woods Talk (Rishikesh), Mood Indigo (Mumbai), Gulmarg Winter fest (Gulmarg), Enchanted Valley (Ambay Valley), India Bike Week (Goa), Music In The Hills (Various Locations), Freedom Jam (Bangalore), Strawberry Fields (Bangalore) and Spring Zouk (St Mary's Islands in Karnataka).