If you love traveling and music or either of the two below is the ultimate list of destinations to attend music festivals for you. Not only does it give let you enjoy the best of Mother Nature’s gift and soothe the soul with great music but also promotes tourism by attracting music and travelers from across the globe.
Sunburn, Vagator in Goa
This doesn’t need any introduction but if you have been living under the rock then Sunburn is the ultimate party of the year for welcoming the new year. It is the hottest music festival in India that happens in Vagator, Goa attended by people from all over the world. A heaven for EDM lovers, the who and whom of the EDM scene play at this premier festival from David Guetta to Martin Garrix. It’s a 3 day festival with multiple stages for various artists play.
Apart from that a lot of markets, non-music activities, delightful seafood, and exciting beach games are organized with non-stop partying. It has the largest single stage in Asia. Beach, sea, sunset and great music, yes it is heaven.
2. Mahindra Blues, Mumbai
Isn’t it amazing how western music is becoming large in India? Mahindra blue is dedicated to this specific genre of music. Blue lovers go tripping on guitar tunes and soulful music. It is organized in February, Asia’s largest Blue music festival. Many blue legends like Guy Buddy, Taj Mahal, Walter Trout and John Lee Hooker Jr have played on the Mumbai soil in Mehboob studio to be specific. MB is the most happening one but there are much more like Mood Indigo.
Rajasthan has been attracting thousands of people not just India but worldwide. The prominent ones are Rajasthan, Magnetic Fields, Jodhpur Riff to name a few. It’s a spiritual treat that enriches the music soul with an epic mix of Sufi and raga with techno, rock, pop, alternative, trance, afro and country music. Many artists from the country come together for jugal bandies. The overall ambiance of these festivals is overwhelming, with tents pitched on the golden sand dunes under the stars, variety of outdoor activities and the local Rajasthani music with the folk dance is just the cherry on top.
4. Ziro Festivals of Music, Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh
Grooving on your kind of music 5,500 feet above sea level in a valley of pine and meadows all around!!! Nature plus music is definitely one of a kind experience. It’s organized in September every year for the purpose of throwing spotlight and encouraging the fresh music talent of North East along with International musicians. This four-day festival is ruled by musicians like Indus Creed, Barmer Boys, Anup Kutty – Bobby Hano and much alike. If you love Indie music Ziro should be your destination.
5. Storm Festival in Bangalore
When it comes to music festivals in Bangalore, it’s not justified to tag one festival as the best but all year round there are great musical festivals, and it’s a hub for it. It is a metropolitan which attracts more and more musicians to the city. Some of the festivals are The Great Indian October Fest, NH17 Weekender, Summer Storm and Purvankara to name a few.
6. Gulmarg Kashmir for Gulmarg Winter Fest
Like Kashmir is not a reason enough to visit Kashmir to add on it there is a Music fest in Gulmarg as part of the Winter Fest. Grooving to the classical, folk, jazz, indie and fusion genres amidst the snowy Himalayan Mountains of Gulmarg is straight from a dream.
7. Ooty for GoMAd Festival
If you haven’t been to Ooty yet, now you have to for the GoMad festival which is organized in the Fernhill Palace which is surrounded by the hills. The best part it is the camping while electronica and metal are played. So mark your calendars and get your essentials like Friends and booze and you are good to go.
8. Manali for Shiva Squad Festival
Manali should be your next destination for the Shiva Squad festival. This again, calls for a unique experience in the Morpheus Valley Resort every year in September. Psy-Trance, Trance, Hi-Tech, and Electronic Music to Rock, Jazz, Fusion, Classical, R&B and Folk Music are played by their maestros. It will be enough to get you trippy without anything else amidst the Himalayan valleys and river Beas.