Music Festivals In India That Everyone Must Attend At Least Once In Their Lifetime

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Until a few years ago, ‘Music Festivals’ was an alien concept for most Indians. But today the music scene in India has taken a complete transformation and India hosts a variety of euphoric and jubilant music festivals with a diverse range of musical genres. Even though the trend was established in Western countries, it now shares a great deal in India as well.

Music is something that bends your soul and raises your insights and if you love, breathe and bleed music then you must witness at least one music festival in your lifetime. We’ve got you a list of India’s biggest music festivals where some of the biggest artists perform from all over the world. So if you’re one of those who are tired of tapping their feet under their desk and really want to scream your lungs out with your hair falling in disarray and the drum beats raging through your skull, we’ve covered all you wish to know!

1. Sunburn Music Festival

Sunburn Music Festival is the most popular music festival in India. Every music lover probably knows about this. festival The festival first started in the beaches of Goa in 2007 and today it is one of the Asia’s biggest 3-day long music carnival that offers music lovers an out of the world experience. It is perhaps the most aspiring music festival that the country hosts. World class artists who have featured at the Sunburn includes DJ Avicii, Dash Berlin, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Afrojack and many other.

2. Bacardi NH7 Weekender

Quite literally, the ‘baap’ of all music festivals in India is the NH7 weekender. Over the years, this music festival has featured great musicians like A.R. Rahman, Mark Ronson, Parikrama, DJ Nucleya, and VirDas’ Alien Chutney. It usually takes place from September to December every year in five states of India that includes Delhi, Pune, Bangaluru, Kolkata and Shilong.

3. Magnetic Fields Festival

Also referred to as the ‘boutique’ festival, this is not just a music festival but a wholesome-ecstatic experience in itself. It takes place in the Alsisar Mahal and gives the perfect backdrop for the electric music that goes on! With a unique consummation of contemporary culture with Rajasthani heritage and hospitality, Magnetic Fields focuses on introducing the freshest sounds from India and around the world, highlighting the acts that can potentially break into big leagues and legends who create a magical setting!

4. Ziro festival of Music

Ziro Music Festival is one of the finest music festivals of India which takes place in the Ziro valley of Arunachal Pradesh, mostly in the month of September. It kick-started in the year 2012 with a purpose to promote solidarity between musicians from Northeast India, which was considered a source of dynamic music scenes.  The milieu of misty mountains and green meadows provides a perfect platform for musicians to interact at this cultural exchange. The music fest draws over 30 artists from the country. In the past, The F-16s, Prateek Kuhad, Barmer Boys, and Men who pause are some of the artists who have played there and the line-up gets better every year.

5. Hornbill Festival

This a 7-day long festival which takes place in the enthralling town of Kohima in Nagaland in the month of December. It is a major combination of cultural tourism and rock music taking place at one time. The extravaganza has all kinds of dances, games, feasts and sees the best acts from around the country. The amazing guitar riffs and captivating vocals will give you one of the most amazing musical experiences.

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