Music has the innate power to heal the soul and pull distant hearts together. Passionate music lovers are always looking for opportunities to hear and participate in good music, and would understand the bliss of listening to music in a live concert. What better way than to become a part of a stirring music festival organised in various parts of India where singers and musicians from across the globe, showcase their talent. For travelers and music lovers, this can prove as a golden opportunity as they get to explore new places along with enjoying the diverse mix of music.
Looking for the best music festivals in India? Here is a compilation of the top 8 most happening music fests in the country in the upcoming months:
Sunburn is undoubtedly India’s premier and Asia’s largest music festival holding various city festivals, arena gigs and club tours across the country since a decade. With a following of over 4 lakh fans attending the much awaited fest every year, it has become a hot spot for international acts and draws fans from all across the world. Almost exclusively for millennials, this cult festival is held every year in December and is a beautiful mélange of colour, light and sound. After years of making Goa’s Vagator its base, the festival has now moved to Pune, and has earned the reputation of a well established EDM festival that has solely transformed the image of India’s music festivals around the world.
When: Dec 1, 2019 | Oxford Golf Resort, Pune
One of the major rock music festivals of the Northeast, the Hornbill Music Festival is a seven-day cultural fest that takes place amid the scenic vistas of Kohima in December every year. Organised by the state government of Nagaland, the festival showcases a colourful extravaganza of cultural displays, musical and dance performances and the unique talent of the diverse multi-ethnic tribes of Nagaland to the world. It is a platform for upcoming Northeast bands and artists to meet musicians coming from different parts of the country.
When: Dec 1-Dec 10, 2019 | Kohima, Nagaland
Mahindra Blues, Mumbai
This is Asia’s biggest and promising blues music festival that takes place in Mumbai every February, and has been promoting the local blues community by bringing already established blues artists from the world over and aspiring blues artists in India on a common platform. Tourists can also take pleasure in local food and bustling nightlife of the city along with this elite music festival. This musical extravaganza features a line-up of acclaimed international artists like Charlie Musselwhite, Beth Hart, Sugarray Rayford and Brandon Santini and captivates the audience with the high octane but soulful performances.
When: Feb 9-Feb 10, 2019 | Mehboob Studio, Mumbai
Enchanted Valley Carnival, Aamby Valley
The next festival in our list for best music festivals in India is a blend of some amazing diverse music genres, which includes electronic, techno, hip-hop, rock and indie. With a lot of fun activities along with multiple stages to enjoy at, this festival is a huge crowd-puller and has seen EDM acts like Tiesto, David Guetta and Martin Garrix. One of India’s biggest music yearly celebration, it is held every December in Aamby Valley for three days and hosts craftsmen from India and abroad. The fest has five distinct stages, where a particular kind of music is played. It also features experience sports exercises like off-road vehicle riding, bungee bouncing, zorbing, shake climbing, rappelling, 4×4 wilderness safari, zipline, hot air swelling and water games like speed vessels/stream skis, kayaks, privateer ships, innate water crafts, barge pontoons, gliding volleyball and ball.
When: Dec 16-Dec 17, 2019 | Aamby Valley, Maharashtra
Ziro Music Festival
This festival wins for its stunning location; Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh. Founded in 2012, Ziro is all about good electric music, cool breeze, local food and drink. Festival goers in the past would be able to tell you how they drunk tons of rice beer, ran through verdant pastures of wild flowers and watched great artists like The Ska Vengers, guitarist-poet Jeet Thayil’s band Still Dirty, Indus Creed and Suman Sridhar. Held every September in the stunning World Heritage Site of Arunachal Pradesh, at 5500 feet flanked by misty mountains, the Ziro Festival of Music is aptly deemed the most happening outdoor festival in this part of the country.
When: Sep 25-Oct 1, 2019 |Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
NH7 Weekender-Delhi, Pune, Bangalore and Kolkata
Widely known as the best organized indie music festival in the country, NH7 Weekender is held over three days. This magnificent music festival boasts superior production quality and an impressive assortment of artists along with top-notch security, health facilities, information booths, toilets, food and drinks. The performances here are an exclusive mix of rock, indie, metal and ethnic fusion music of different genres all under one roof. It is also an extravaganza held in some of the most exciting cities in the country, including the flawless slopes of Meghalaya of late. The celebration has developed to wind up one of the nation’s most darling melodic ends of the week as a large number of fans and recognizing music sweethearts meet for an extraordinary affair.
When: Oct 27-Oct 28, 2019 | Wenfield, The Festive Hills, Meghalaya
Magnetic Fields – Rajasthan
This globally recognised festival focuses on contemporary music and arts and has created a unique reputation for itself in the country and worldwide. Featuring a broad range of activities that one can do during the event, Magnetic Fields is a luxe music festival is a visual dream, an exceptional marriage of contemporary culture with Rajasthani legacy. There’s dancing all night, electronic DJs from all over the world, sparkly face paint and billowy white tents for only the trendiest Bedouins.
When: Dec 14-Dec 16, 2019| Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan
Sula Fest- Nashik
Taking place annually in Nashik’s gorgeous Sula Vineyards, the Sula festival showcases Indian music artistes, plucks art, fashion labels and restaurants from Mumbai that set up pop-up versions of themselves here. Having completed 11 editions so far, the festival is a go-to location for quality electric music, and is the perfect mix of great music, food, exquisite wine, Dubstep and Reggae. Wine runs in abundance at this celebration of music, fashion and leisure. Myriad of recreational activities such as hot air balloon rides, foot massages, power yoga wine tasting tours, tarot card readers and flea market stalls are a part of this leisurely event. Located at a short distance from Mumbai, those visiting the fest can also be spiritually enlightened by the town of Nasik that is a blend of the ancient and the modern boasting of numerous forts and majestic temples.
When: Feb 2-Feb 3, 2019| Sula Vineyards, Nashik
The music scene in India has surely 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 crave for good quality electronic music, this is a great chance to check out some fabulous local talent, along with top international acts.