Music for some is attaining cultural nirvana and for others, a way to explore a tourist destination while music accompanies them. Watching music videos on Youtube or listening to songs on the mobile phones is for the cliched. The world is travelling, and so should you! Experience the best of music world at the venues in India that will cater to all your aural needs. Here’s a list of most awesome-sauce music festivals from India that you must attend if music runs in your veins.
1. Ziro Festival, Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
Ziro is a World Heritage Site of Arunachal Pradesh, and host to one of the most happening outdoor festivals in the country. Every year, Ziro Festival of Music is held in the picturesque environs of Ziro Valley. The music festival is as much about the indie music as it is about the Apatani Valley and the people associated with it. Some of the popular bands who’ve performed here are Indus Creed, Louw Majaw, Barmer Boys, Sha’air and Peter Cat Recording Company.
This Year: September 22 to 25, 2017
2. Hornbill Festival, Kohima, Nagaland
Showcasing rich culture and heritage of Nagaland, Hornbill is one of the biggest cultural tourism festivals in India. This is a 7 day razzmatazz rock fiesta held amidst the scenic environs of Kohima. Though the festival hosts a number of international biggies, it still sticks true to its homage by presenting tribal dance acts, raja chilli eating competitions and displaying general Naga culture for the audience. If you are up for feast, dance, game and music, Hornbill Festival is definitely for you.
This Year: December 1-10, 2017
3. Magnetic Fields Festival, Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan
Pulling in hordes of contemporary acts and crowds, Magnetic Fields Festival is one of the most scenic desert festivals in India. It is a newest kitsch carnival in the music market, and is a delight for your visual as well as aural senses. The festival is held in a gorgeous Mahal in Rajasthan, and its royal ambience captures the heart and soul of the attendees. Artists who have jammed here include Robot Koch, V.I.V.E.K., the late Charanjit Singh, DJ Koze, Hunee & Antal, Palms Trax, Mumdance, Objekt and more.
This Year: December 18, 2017
4. Mahindra Blues, Bandra, Mumbai
Hosted in Mehbbob Studio, Mahindra Blues is the largest Blues phenomenon in Asia. The music festival caters to the niche musical genre, and features some of the world’s greatest Blues musicians. Some of the international Blues legends are Walter Trout, Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker Jr., Blackstratblues, Graine Duffy Band, Buddy Guy, Janiva Magness, Quinn Sullivan and Shemekia Copeland.
This Year: February 11-12, 2017
5. Ragasthan, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
The unique location and super-cool eclectic activities, is what makes Ragasthan a popular fest amongst city dwellers. This three days extravaganza of music, films, dance and cultural activities entices music lovers as well as travellers. There is a funky mix of folk, Jugalbandhi, Trance, Sufi, Rock, pop, Afro and Country music, which contemplates the magical aura of the venue perfectly.
This Year: November 16-18, 2017
6. Shiva Squad Festival, Morpheus Valley Resort, Manali
The pumping music, exciting roads and beautiful resort makes this three-day festival one-of-a-kind in the music industry. This is more of a spiritual event and provides travellers’ a chance to explore the natural splendor of Manali. Shiva Squad Festival showcases the finest artists from various genres including, Jazz, Fusion, Rock, EDM, R&B and Folk Music.