The music scene in India is in that nascent (comparatively), exciting stage where every concert and festival announcement generates little bouts of glee among music-lovers. With new music festivals and gigs cropping up across the country and already established musical festivals pushing boundaries and bringing down never-seen- before acts from the world over, the Indian Music scene now means serious business. Here’s a breakdown of the top 5 must-go- to festivals in India this year:
1. Mahindra Blues Festival
Since its inception in 2011, the Mahindra Blues Festival has been instrumental in bringing down international blues legends like Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker Jr., Taj Mahal, and Walter Trout, among others, to Mumbai’s iconic Mehboob studios, and also giving Indian blues bands a great platform to perform alongside the best blues musicians in the world. For many of us the Mahindra Blues Fest has been our first live blues experience and it has fuelled a burgeoning interest in Blues music throughout the country. MBF completed its 7th edition this year with a fantastic international line-up and a bunch of homegrown talent.
Follow them here : http://www.mahindrablues.com/schedule.html
2. NH7 Weekender
Memories of the first ever NH7 weekender in Pune pop up while writing this – the excitement was palpable since it was truly India’s foremost music festival which was on an international scale. Over the years, the happiest music festival has grown and travelled to different cities (the latest being Hyderabad and Shillong) with multiple stages for various genres. It has hosted many noteworthy International & Indian acts ranging from Mark Ronson, A.R Rahman, Steven Wilson, Mutemath among many many others, making for an eclectic music experience for a wide range of audiences. Small Tip: Don’t get too excited about catching all the acts – you’ll just end up running from one stage to another. Make sure you just chill and enjoy some of your favourite music!
For updates, visit https://insider.in/nh7-weekender
3. Jodhpur Riff festival
This not-for-profit partnership project involving two of India’s leading heritage trusts: Mehrangarh Museum Trust and Jaipur Virasat Foundation has rightfully been nominated by Songlines magazine as “25 of the Best International Festivals” (2014, 2015). Timed to coincide with “Sharad Purnima” the brightest full moon of the year in north India, Jodhpur RIFF features a series of spectacular concerts and events based in and around Mehrangarh Fort. From Qawwali nights on candle-lit terraces to folk dances in the portico, RIFF attracts people from across the globe. The added attraction is the attendance of Jodhpur’s royalty that attend the festival every year, adding their grace and charm to the already picturesque festival landscape.
Find out more at http://www.jodhpurriff.org/
4. Magnetic Fields
Held in the 17th Century Alsisar Mahal Palace in Rajasthan, Magnetic Fields is more than just a music festival, it has been described as a visual dream. This 3-day festival transports you into a magical world of music, art and food. Expect the freshest Indian sounds accompanied by some exciting international underground music. This whimsical festival’s highlights include a tea party by the palace pool, yoga sessions, stargazing workshops on the rooftop and a treasure hunt!
Visit http://www.magneticfields.in/ to plan your trip!
5. Enchanted Valley Carnival
Launched in 2013, on the scenic slopes of Aamby Valley, EVC claims to be the first festival in Asia to be held on an airstrip and the first-ever music festival in Asia to have a fully-fledged campsite. Hailed as India’s answer to Tomorrowland with its massive stages and impeccable production quality – this primarily EDM festival now has a big Bollywood component to open itself upto wider audiences.
Join the tribe at http://evc.co.in/
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