It is rightly said, music is the universal language of mankind. India has over the last decade, opened its doors to artists from around the world. World renowned artists, music bands and festivals are making their way to India.
By the time October kicks in, music festivals start taking places in every possible part of the country. Winter cometh and bringeth with it music festivals!
Here’s a list of the ten most groovy and insane music fests in India that you should attend.
1. Sunburn, Goa
Sunburn has been ranked as the 9th best music festival in the World and why not! What can be a more perfect setting than Goa? Besides the colonial architecture, beaches, seafood extravaganza and tourist friendliness, Sunburn is an added attraction.
This 3 day festival happens during the last week of December and features top artists from around the World. The Sunburn arena which is more like a teaser or trailer to the main festival happens a month in advance in Mumbai and Delhi. These teasers also gathers a lot of attention.
Here’s a glimpse at the 2013 festival: Click here
2. VH1 Supersonic, Goa
This festival is held at Candolim, Goa and is conducted by VJ Nikhil Chinappa. The 2014 festival featured artists like Paul Van Dyk, Above & Beyond and many more. VH1 Supersonic is said to be a dream come true for Electronic dance music fans.
Held in the last week of December, VH1 Supersonic, is the perfect setting to surf, lounge in the sand and groove to the thumping beat of music.
Here’s a glimpse of VH1 Supersonic 2014: Click here
3. Enchanted Valley Carnival (EVC), Aamby Valley
EVC is a rich mix of music, dancing, camping and adventure sports. This festival is held in December at Aamby Valley. What could be better than camping at the festival site. This concept is unique and has gained popularity among the youth.
The 2014 festival featured David Guetta and a host of other artists. There’s always so much to do at the EVC. Ranging from Jamming sessions, Yoga workshops, bonfire setting and many other fun activities, EVC is an experience in itself.
Here’s a glimpse at the 2013 after movie : Click here
Also, you can get more information and details of EVC’s official site
4. NH-7 Weekender
This music fest is known to be the best indie music fest. With the popularity of electronic dance music, there also arose a demand for Bollywood and Indie music, hence the NH-7 is such a raging hit. Held on weekends in the month of November, across Kolkata, Pune, Bangalore and Delhi, this festival is very promising.
Coupled with the best artists both Indian and International and the perfect setting, NH-7 is gaining ground as the fastest growing music festival.
Here’s a glimpse of the spirit of NH-7: Click here
5. Ragasthan, Rajasthan
The largest state in India is not just famous for its folk music. The princely state of Rajasthan with its sand dunes, rustic red buildings and love for bohemian art presents the most insane crazy festival called Ragasthan.
This festival is scheduled to take place in Jaisalmer from 16th to 18th November 2015. Ragasthan features music, art, photography, dune boarding, sand surfing, paintball as well as a ride on a hot air balloon.
There are Swiss tents available at the festival sites as well as camping tents, dormitories and other facilities.
For more information, check out their informative website
6. Magnetic Fields, Rajasthan
Again a Rajasthan based music festival, magnetic fields is a 3 day celebration in a 17th century palace in Shekhawati. This festival takes place in December and has post party events in Mumbai and Pune.
With a palatial setting, this festival celebrates music, art, culture, food and many more audio-visual delights.
Besides the music festival, there are yoga sessions and workshops with artisans on how to make basic handcraft items.
You can get all information about this crazy festival at their official website
7. The Hornbill, Kohima
The Hornbill is 7 day cultural festival that takes place in December. This festival takes place in the scenic environments of mountainous beauty.
Breathtaking landscapes, soulful music, groovy dance beats, what more does one want from a music festival?
Besides letting your hair down and dancing the night away under the stars, you can also visit the flea markets in Nagaland which are famous for handicraft items.
8. Mood Indigo, Mumbai
IIT Bombay’s annual college festival is a four day event held in December. This college festival is considered to be one of the best college festivals in India and has previously brought bands like Porcupine Tree to Mumbai.
If you are from Mumbai and you have a grouse that the best bands go to Bangalore, then think again. Mood Indigo is said to be one of the craziest music festivals.
Check out their official website for more details
9. Mahindra Blues, Mumbai
This festival is held in February and is a great crowd puller. The 2015 line up of artists and performers included Buddy Guy, Niki Hill, Quinn Sullivan and many others. Held at Mehboob Studio, Mahindra Blues is said to be the Asia’s best blues music festival.
Get more details on their website
10. Storm, Bangalore
This is another camping music festival held at the outskirts of Bangalore in late January. It is said to be set in the lap of nature and features the best music artists and performers.
It is an Indie music festival which includes top names from the Indian music industry.
Check out their quirky website
11. Kasauli Rhythm and Blues Fest, Himachal Pradesh
The quaint town Kasauli hosts a music festival every April at the Baikunth resorts. This festival is a combination of rock, jazz, blues, funk and other genres.
If you are looking to beat the heat this April, head to Kasauli and be a part of a fun, insane and groovy music festival that has its stage set in the heart of the hills.
12. Kundalini Festival, Himachal Pradesh
This music festival takes place in Manali in the month of May. A number of international and Indian artists perform at this dance crazy festival.
Set up in Manali, Kundalini Festival also has camping facilities, chill out zones and flea markets.
Check out their facebook page for more details