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iXiGOers Aug 24 2013

What are the various music festivals in India?

Reema Bhalla Aug 24 2013
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The music festivals in India have come a long way, it is no longer restricted to a small gig enjoyed by the music lovers. International DJ’s playing trance or soulful music by local artists, 24/7 partying with a beach or a serene lake in the backdrop, original compositions or celebrated bands, iconic venues or offbeat locations and even music camps, for every genre and all sort of music lovers there is an experience to be explored.... for ultimate musical nirvana.

Ziro Festival of Music

Ziro Festival is one of the most popular outdoor music festivals in India, combining two of the greatest joys a person can experience: listening to good music while camping in lush green surroundings. More than 20 bands like Whirling Kaplas, menwhopause, Imphal Talkies etc. are lined up for this year.

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Arunachal Pradesh: September 20-22

NH7 Weekender

Whether you are a soulful sufi music lover or an avid rock music buff, NH7 Weekender is an extremely diverse multi-genre music festival in India. It is the most well organised and highly anticipated annual event. With a limited capacity and its rising popularity, it is one of the most sought after fests in India. Multiple stage set-ups, simultaneous performances to select from, crowd buzzing with energy and an impressive line-up from Karsh Kale to Midival Punditz, this fest offers a lot to keep the fans hooked to their favourite music: rock, metal, sufi, folk, fusion and more!

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Pune: October 18, 19 and 20

Bengaluru: November 23 and 24

Delhi: November 30, December 1

Kolkata: December 14 and 15

Tickets: INR 1750 to INR 6000

Sunburn Festival

This festival started off as a small beach party in Goa, really does not need any introduction for any Electronic music lover in the country or even abroad! It is the biggest crowd puller with a lineup of Dj’s which gets even better every year. It is now a huge music carnival and has become a lifestyle brand on its own where the party never stops!

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Noida: October 7

Goa: December 27, 28 and 29

The Great Indian Octoberfest

Inspired by the German Oktoberfest, this three day long annual event in Bangalore is all about good music and beer with over 50 live performances. It is full of music lovers enjoying back to back gigs and games together, making it a unique experience in its own.

Bengaluru: October (Dates not out yet)

Rajasthan International Folk Festival

The magnetic pull of the cultural vibe it exudes is hard to escape. The striking backdrop of Mehrangarh Fort, the charm of the full moon night illuminating the fort even more and the addictive folk music whose tunes can range from soothing to highly energetic. It begins as early as 5:30 AM in the morning with the first rays of the sunlight till 3:00 AM in the night when the moon fades away. The mystical aura of the location encapsulating the natural beauty and the local artists showcasing the talent at its best it is a must-have cultural experience in Rajasthan, which goes beyond music in many ways.

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Jodhpur: October 17 to 21

Windsong Music Festival

The genre can be Blues, Jazz, Soul, Funk, Folk and Folk-Rock or anything else but the music has to original. What sets this festival apart is the the focus on lyrics and originality.

Goa: December (Dates not out yet)

Hornbill Festival, Kohima

Held in the heart of the north-east India, in the beautiful Kohima, Nagaland, this festival is hugely popular with the locals as well as the tourists. This five day long festival is a delight for the rock music lovers with back to back live performances coupled with traditional dance and motorcycle rallies to honour the WWII dead.

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Kohima: December 14 to 18

Music in the Hills Festival

Offbeat in the true sense of the word, whether it is the destination, a new location every year or the music they play and of course the format it is played in! It is an independent live music festival done in partnership with Parikrama. Nothing is planned here, there is absolutely no fixed agenda, no set rules, no fixed stage set-up or sponsors. It is all about the sheer love of music and travel, exploring a destination together and let it inspire the music or the other way round!

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Location and Dates not out yet.

Storm Festival, Coorg

Started in 2000 in a camp-out format, where the music lovers are amidst a paradise literally! It can be very well argued whether the picturesque location of Coorg inspires the music or whether the music adds more to the lush green environs. If the idea of camping, attending gigs by both local and international bands and having impromptu unplugged music sessions in between is your idea of fun, this one of its kind fest should not be missed! It is all about good music and soulful environment!

Coorg: February 1 and 2

Escape Festival of Art and Music

Over 100 musicians, more than 2000 music lovers, a mid sized stage with a beautiful backdrop of a lake in Naukuchiatal while one listens to the best of the music; not necessarily from the known bands and DJ’s but young musicians finding an identity for their music and themselves. This is all Escape is about! It is all about escaping and finding solace while jamming near the lake. It is great for creative exchange as artists from diverse fields and genres spend three days to be inspired while holding workshops, exchanging ideas and performing.

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Naukuchiatal: May/June

Beyond Spirit Festival

This festival aims at connecting people to their spiritual side, they call dance as active meditation; hence optimising the power of music for solace and soaking in the magic of nature. If you are a trance lover, seeking an escape to spiritual bliss and have a love for nature, this festival is a perfect one to experience.

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Kasol: May (Dates not out yet)

The music festivals in India are truly diverse in a very unique way; whether it is a high energy jamming session or solace of sufi music there is something for every music lover out there!

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