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 in India start taking place in every possible part of the country. Winter cometh and bringeth with it music festivals!
19 Best Music Festivals In India
Are you planning to experience the ultimate madness where you can enjoy the best music with delicious food? If yes then here’s a list of the 19 most groovy and insane music festivals in India that you should attend with your friends and loved ones!
- Sunburn – Goa
- VH1 Supersonic – Goa
- Enchanted Valley Carnival (EVC) – Aamby Valley
- NH-7 Weekender – Kolkata, Pune, Bangalore and Delhi
- Ragasthan – Rajasthan
- Magnetic Fields – Rajasthan
- The Hornbill – Kohima
- Mood Indigo – Mumbai
- Mahindra Blues – Mumbai
- Storm – Bangalore
- Kasauli Rhythm And Blues Fest – Himachal Pradesh
- Kundalini Festival – Himachal Pradesh
- Ziro Festival – Arunachal Pradesh
- Jodhpur Riff – Jodhpur
- Fireflies – Bangalore
- Sula Fest – Nasik
- GoMad – Ooty
- Holi Cow – Delhi
- Gulmarg Winter Festival – Kashmir
1. Sunburn – Goa
Sunburn Goa 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.
2. VH1 Supersonic – Goa
This festival is held at Candolim, Goa and is conducted by VJ Nikhil Chinappa. The 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 the music.
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 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.
4. NH-7 Weekender – Kolkata, Pune, Bangalore and Delhi
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 weekender 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.
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. 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.
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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.
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.
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9. Mahindra Blues – Mumbai
This festival is held in February and is a great crowd puller. The previous year 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.
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.
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.
13. Ziro Festival – Arunachal Pradesh
Every year in the month of September this amazing Ziro Festival is arranged at an altitude of 5500 feet at Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh. The festival gives you a chance to listen to the rising musicians of North East India. If you are searching for a budding musician for an upcoming project then this festival might be a perfect place for talent hunt.
14. Jodhpur Riff – Jodhpur
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If you love folk music or have immense respect for art and culture of Rajasthan you must surely visit the Jodhpur Festival, a celebration that offers a true vibe of Rajasthan. It is organized in the month of October at Mehrangarh Fort and gives you a chance to witness live performances of Rajasthani musicians and artists.
15. Fireflies – Bangalore
Fireflies in Bangalore is truly an organic music festival that lure art admirers from across the city under one roof. An open-air amphitheater with the stage under the Banyan tree beautifies this amazing festival where you can listen smart amalgamations of jazz with folk melodies.
16. Sula Fest – Nasik
Sula Festival has emerged as one of the most popular music festivals in India and attracts fun-lovers from across the country. It is an electronic music festival where wine runs in abundance for those enjoying the lively vibe of this festival. The festival is organized in collaboration with Yoga House making you indulge in some energetic and healthy morning session.
17. GoMad – Ooty
GoMad is a three-day musical carnival celebrated amid the wilderness of Nilgiri hills in the month of October. Whether you love fusion or pop or electronica is your favorite genre, the festival offers almost all king of music offering the most amazing time to music lovers and party animals.
18. Holi Cow – Delhi
Holi Cow is also one of the most popular Holi festivals in Delhi and is known for its interesting line-up showcasing popular artists and bands of Delhi. This colorful festival makes you interact with others sharing a common interest in playing Holi while enjoying music, food, and beer, at Khel Gaon in Delhi.
19. Gulmarg Winter Festival – Kashmir
Gulmarg is known for its exquisite beauty and attending a festival that is organised to celebrate the beauty of Kashmir is surely an interesting expedition. The festival showcases classical, Sufi, jazz, rock, blues, folk, and fusion music and have an interesting line up having eminent classical artists as well as budding bands!
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