Check Out These Awesome Indian Music Festivals!
Rock, EDM, metal, multi-genre - it's all here. Insider brings you the top music festivals in the country.
The music scene in India has exploded over the last few years, as have festivals catering to various audiences. From venues in the heart of cities; to some in truly offbeat locations. From indie gigs for everyone to exclusive gigs bringing you a dash of luxury. One thing's for certain, it's definitely an exciting time for live music fans in the country. And if you're visiting India, this is a great chance to check out some fabulous local talent, along with top international acts.
Gaana Crossblade Music Festival, Chandigarh
Happening once every year in two cities, India's biggest Punjabi music festival is back in Chandigarh. At its Jaipur edition last weekend, the stage witnessed powerhouses Jassie Gill, Babbal Rai and Prabh Gill joining Jazzy B on stage - along with other epic collabs between stars of the Punjabi industry. You can also expect to catch games, delicious food and a post office where you can write messages to your favourite artists (a super big fan got to meet Jassie Gill at the last edition too)!
Genres: Punjabi pop and rap
When: February 23 - 24 | 3PM
Where: JLPL, Sector 66 A, Mohali
Tickets: Starting at INR 300, buy here.
Locals DISTRICT 2019 (Kalwar, Rajasthan)
The 2nd edition of the festival will witness 72 hours of more than 40 artists on 4 different stages bringing together varied talent to one beautiful 18th century castle straight out of a fairytale! Prepare yourself to be blown away by yet another fantastic lineup - stay tuned!
Kasauli Rhythm and Blues Festival (Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh)
The flagship annual music festival is running in its 8th edition this year. It sports the most amazing acts from the music scene who will amaze you with their tunes amidst scenic views. Spend this year’s Easter weekend with a lot of fun and memories.
Current Headliners: Shubhangi Joshi Collective, Parikrama, Thaikkudam Bridge and more.
Genres: Indie pop, Rock, Folk, Soul, Progressive and more.
When: March 1 - 3 | 11 AM
Where: Baikunth Resorts, Kasauli
Tickets: Starting INR 3000, buy here.
Who doesn't love music and wine together? The SulaFest in its 12th edition, brought along a weekend full of some delicious wine, exciting music and all of this at the gorgeous Sula Vineyards’ open-air amphitheatre.
Genres: Rock, ska, EDM, house, blues, country-swing, soul and more.
Past Headliners: Nucleya, Infected mushroom, Bloc Party, The Tripp, The Ska Vengers, Jungle, Spencer Maybe, Divine, Shankar Mahadevan among others.
Where: Sula Vineyards, Nashik
Tickets: Starting at INR 2199
Bacardi NH7 Weekender:
The big daddy of music festivals in India! The happiest festival in India boasting of a multitude of artists and activities for a memorable weekend. Celebrated over a span of three days (Pune) and two days (Meghalaya), it also features multiple one-day Express editions in cities across India. One of the most storied and famous festivals, it usually brings with it some of the biggest names from rock, metal, dance, folk, regional music from around the world and has definitely been a trailblazing festival in many ways. Now also known for its emphasis on women's safety, recycling waste and security, along with that unmistakable vibe, it's no surprise that Weekender is one festival which sees massive interest even before the lineup is announced.
Stay tuned for the 2019 edition, which will be the festival's 10th year!
Genres: Rock, metal, indie, EDM, hip-hop, singer-songwriter, folk, Bollywood, classical and more (it's truly multi-genre!)
Headliners: Varies across cities
Past headliners: Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, José González, Mark Ronson, Mogwai, Flying Lotus, The Wailers, AR Rahman, Megadeth, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Chase & Status, Asian Dub Foundation, Basement Jaxx, Fear Factory, MUTEMATH, Karnivool, Zero, Swarathma, Pentagram, Shankar Mahadevan, Vishal Bhardwaj, Amit Trivedi, Anoushka Shankar, Meshuggah, TesseracT, God is an Astronaut, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Textures and so many more!
When: October - December
Where: Pune & Meghalaya
Tickets: Starting ₹2000
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