Indian Music Festivals you should not miss this fall

Posted at October 26th, 2015 | by Karan Acharya | in

Grapevine brings to you the perfect guide to pretty much every music festival that you can possible attend this fall starting from the month of October, all the way up to mid-2016. So take you time and have a run through of this round up that will surely enlighten you on some of India’s most popular and not so popular festivals which have their share of fan following and attract crowds from all over the world. So if you are planning for that ever so anticipated trip around the country, mark your calendars for you shall undoubtedly be mesmerised by what each and every one of these festivals have to offer.

1. Harley Rock Riders, Mumbai

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On the 30th and 31st of October, the sixth edition of India’s biggest rock music festival is all set to take stage with a massive line-up headlined by the ever famous Megadeth and The Wailers. The event is conceptualised by Harley-Davidson India and Only Much Louder and besides the major headliners there is a range of other bands performing like Blek, Down Troddence, The Ska Vengers, Abraxas, Superfuzz, The Lightyears Explode, Kraken, Skrat, Bayanak Maut, Coshish, Demonic Ressurection, Noiseware, Providence, Indus Creed, Bombay Basement, Scribecore.
When: October 30 to 31
Where: Byculla, Mumbai

 

2. Bacardi NH7 Weekenders (Shillong and Kolkata)

 

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Bacardi NH7 Weekender is easily one of the most popular music fests in the country and since its inception in 2010; the festival has been the ideal hub for Indian artists looking for the right conducive atmosphere to showcase their talents and has thus been the go to destination for music craving fans and artists in India and around the world. This year, yet another destination has been added to the festivals many locations, Shillong. And this is sure to be one swell destination.
When: October 24 to 27 and October 31 to Nov 1(Respectively)
Where: Shillong, Meghalaya and Kolkata, West Bengal

 

3. RESET Music festival, Hyderabad

 

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The RESET Festival after a successful edition at Bangalore and Pune will head over to Hyderabad and will take place at the Leonia International Convention Centre. The festival which looks at supporting home-brewed talent and giving them the right exposure will take place over 6 different destinations in the country and will see over 10,000 footfalls in all. The festival also looks towards providing an immersive music experience with state of the art sound systems and lighting equipment.
When: October 31
Where: Hyderabad

4. Bacardi NH7 Weekender , Delhi

 

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Yet another insane dose of the best music in the country and yet another destination; the capital, Delhi. After having artists like Flying Lotus, Mark Ronson, Mogwai and SBTRKT added on to the roster, this event is sure looking to be an extravagant one to say the least.
When: November 28 to 29
Where: Delhi

 

5. Hornbill Festival, Nagaland

 

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With the aim of promoting inter-tribal interaction and building the bonds between them, the Government of Nagaland host a week-long festival in the first week of December every year. The Hornbill Festival unites one and all in Nagaland and people enjoy the colourful performances, crafts, sports, food fairs, indigenous games and music concerts and ceremonies.
When: December 1 to 10
Where: Kohima,Nagaland

6. Bacardi Nh7 Weekender, Pune & Bangalore

 

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After spreading joy and happiness through some of the best music from ever so talented artists throughout the year, the massive Bacardi NH7 weekender finally draws to a close at two of India’s most happening destinations, Pune and Bangalore!
When: December 4 to 6 and 5 to 6
Where: Pune, Bangalore

 

7. RESET Music festival, Delhi

 

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After successful shows in Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad, the time has come for the capital Delhi to witness some of the promising upcoming talent of the country and how better than at the RESET festival. The artists get an opportunity of a life time to perform b2b alongside some of the biggest names in the industry as well as for some of the most encouraging fans out there. The scene doesn’t get any better.
When: December 5
Where: Delhi

 

8. Music In The Hills, Rajasthan

 

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Established in 2007, Music In The Hills takes places annually at some of the most exotic hilly locales and brings in some of the best Indie artists from around India year in and year out. The fact that the venue of the festivals keeps changing and to even more scenic locations every year, only adds to the beauty of the festival.
When: December 13 to 14
Where: Mandawa, Rajasthan

9. Magnetic Fields, Rajasthan

 

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Coming this December, Rajasthan is set to witness one of its most anticipated festivals yet, The Magnetic Fields Festival. The festival will be a three day extravaganza set to take place on at Alsisar Mahal, the 16th Century palace-turned-hotel on December 18-20, 2015.
The venue, brimming with its rich ethnic history, is the ideal location for artists to showcase their unique talents in several forms of art. The massive event will include 3 stages and over 30 bands and DJs and 40 artists in all from all over the world and even a secret venue.
When: December 18 to 20
Where: Alsisar, Rajasthan

 

10. Enchanted Valley Carnival, Maharashtra

 

Need we say more ? The video gives you a fair idea on how the madness is going to unfold at this year’s edition of the Enchanted Valley Carnival. With a start studded line-up including Tiesto, Fat Boy Slim and Ferry Corsten, this is surely going to attract loads of visitors and EDM craving fans from far and wide.
When: December 18 to 20
Where: Aamby Valley, Lonavala, Maharashta

11. Jaipur Literature Festival, Rajasthan

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The Jaipur Literary Festival has all the goodness of Literature, Music and Fun packed into one. Dubbed as the world’s largest free literary festival ever, JLF brings together some of the biggest literary speaker and writers from around Asia and the world. Since its inception in 2006, the festival has been a place for the constant flow of ideas and the right vibe among likeminded individuals. Besides just being a source for the best literature around, JLF features live music sessions and interactive workshops and some scrumptious food.
When: January 21 to 25, 2016
Where: Jaipur, Rajasthan

 

12. RESET Music festival, Mumbai

 

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The city of Mumbai in Maharashtra which is truly one of the party hubs of the country will get to witness the penultimate edition of the RESET festival on the last day of January. More details on the venue and where to buy tickets will be updated on the website so stay tuned.
When: January 30
Where: Mumbai

 

 

13. Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai

 

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The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, was started by the Kala Ghoda Association on 30th October 1998, formed with the aim of preserving the heritage and art district of South Mumbai. The festival has only grown to huge levels since its inception and its last edition saw a footfall of over 150000 people over the 9 days of the event and 350 events like art, music, dance, theatre, workshops and a whole lot more.
When: February 6 to 14 2016
Where: Kala Ghoda, Mumbai

 

14. RESET Music festival, Chennai

 

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The last and final edition of the RESET festival will wrap up at the Confluence Convention Centre in Chennai on the 6th of February. After visiting 5 states including Bangalore, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai, Chennai will witness the best of the festival with artists putting in their all to enthral fans with their music.
When: February 6
Where: Chennai

15. Sula Fest, Maharashtra

 

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From the 6th to 7th of February, the city of Nasik in Maharashtra will witness one of its most awaited festivals of the year. A festival which drew nearly 10,000 fans in its last edition not just for its great music from some of the most talented artists but also for the chance to sip on some great wine and indulge in some fun activities amidst the serene landscape of the vineyards. Presenting the Sula Fest at Nasik in Maharashtra .
When: February 6 to 7, 2016
Where: Sula Vineyards, Nasik, Maharashtra

 

16. Ragasthan, Rajasthan

 

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Ragasthan a 5 day music festival provides a unique experience unlike any other. Not just does the whole experience of getting to celebrate in the midst of the vast expanses of the desert enthral fans but fans of various genres can get a chance to listen to the music of their whims and fancy ranging from Electronic Music to Rock and even Indie. The Peacock stage made to look like the animal itself and made of completely eco-friendly material and is set to stage the various EDM genres such as Electronic, Dub Step, Drum & Bass, Alt Electronica, Club, House, Trance, Psychdelic, Funk and Techno. At various other well set up locations in the desert, fans can get a dose of some Rock, Pop, World, Classical, Alternative, Fusion and Folk as well. Besides just music, fans can also be pampered with various other fun activities like Acoustic hot air balloons, RC planes, Zorbing, Paintball, kite flying and Para motoring, sports like volleyball and football courts and rinks.
When: February 11 to 14, 2016
Where: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

 

17. Hill Top Festival, Goa

 

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It goes without saying that Goa is easily one of India’s go to party destinations and how better to spend the month of February than at the ever popular Hill Top Festival. This year round the festival is said to take place over three days at 3 well set-up stages and with a breath taking panoramic view of the Goa coastline, this is sure to be every fans dream. Revellers will get to experience some out of the ordinary music ranging from the best psy Trance to techno from some of the best international artists.
When: February 12 to 14 2016
Where: Vagator, Goa

 

18. Mahindra Blues Festival, Mumbai

 

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Believed to be one of Asia’s largest Blues music festival, the Mahindra Blues Festival has succeeded to live up to music fans expectations, year in and year out. Staged at the iconic Mehboob Studio, the 2 day event attracts some of the biggest names in the Blues music industry both international as well as local promising talent thereby fulfilling every music fan’s needs. The last edition was a BB King tribute and showcased a fantastic line-up featuring Buddy Guy, Quinn Sullivan, Doyle Bramhall II, Rich Robinson, Nikki Hill, Thorbjørn Risager and loads more. So if you have urged to listen to some of the pleasant blues beats, this opportunity is like no other in the country so make sure you head over to Mumbai to witness the same.
When: February 2016
Where: Mumbai

 

19. India Surf Festival, Odisha


The Indian Surf Festival is a truly unique festival that takes place on the coast line of Sahukhanata in Odisha. Its not every day that you get to see surfers in action at your local beach especially in India, but the ever so popular beach hobby from the west has got a fan following and where better than Odisha. Come February, the ISF will bring along with is some thrilling water activities like the Indian Surf Championships, the Indian SUP Race, The Walk on Water Sessions, Kite Surfing , Long Boarding, Yoga on water, Various Art installations and of course some of the best music from artists like Thaalavattam ( artist who creates music beats form trash entirely), Sitarsonic, Alchimix, Mista Hagen, 120Dub from Argentina and a whole lot more.
When: February 2016 (dates TBA)
Where: Sahukhanata, Odisha

20.  India Bike Week, Goa

 

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A festival catering solely to Bike fanatics with an element of muisic as well, the India Bike Week started in 2014 has seen an exponential rise in Bike lovers from around the country who congregate just to witness some of their favourite rides. The last 2 editions of the event held at the festival grounds at Vagator Goa, saw over 7500 fans flocking the show to get a glimpse of the Bikes, cage fighters, race tracks, stunt zones and of course a horde of live bands and DJs like Nanok, Vice Versa, Blackjack, Donn Bhat, Bit of Both, DJ Savio, Siddharth Basrur, Tejas, Sound Avtar x DJ SA, Thaalavattam, Your Chin Whirling, Kalapas Frame/Frame, Sky Rabbit, Nicholson vs Fuzzy Logic, NUCLEYA, OX7GEN LIVE, Rodney Branigan, DJ URI, Elvis Lobo feat. Jaani, Blackstratblues ft. Shazneen Arethna, Siddharth Basrur & Tejas Clayton, Hogermeer, Curtain Blue, DJ Akhtar and Babyhead.
When: February 2016 (dates TBA)
Where: Vagator, Goa

 

21. World Sufi Festival, Nagaur and Jodhpur

 

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In the last week of February, the elegant Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur and Ahhichatragarh Fort in Nagaur will be all set to open their doors to some of the most traditional spiritual performers from around the world. The stage will be set for the ever famous World Sufi Festival or the World Sacred Spirit Festival which has been an historic musical journey over the years bringing back the memories of the true essence of Sufi music to the lands where it all began. The coming edition of the fest is all set to play host to artists from around the world like Tajikistan, Morocco and Azerbaijan and loads of fellow Indian artists to enthral fans.
When: February 22 to 24 and February 26 to 27 2016
Where: Nagaur and Jodhpur

 

22. Storm Festival, Karnataka

 

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Taking place away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Bangalore, The Storm Music festival is an ideal deal for the perfect camp out music festival. The storm festival also strongly spreads a message of protecting the environment and works towards creating a likewise atmosphere around with an efficient waste management set-up along with a strict no-plastic policy as well as promoting the use of eco-friendly products. Storm festival has thus been the ideal destination to unwind and have a listen to some of the best EDM, rock and live jamming sessions amidst the scenic beauty that Mother Nature has to offer.
When: To Be Announced
Where: Bangalore, Karnataka

 

23. Emerge Music & Arts Festival, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai

 

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The last edition of the Emerge Music and Arts festival which was its first saw a huge footfall following after bringing in the likes of major international artists like Alt-J and Rudimental. This year round the organisers will sure look to exceed last year’s level that they set and add a whole lot more promising artists to their roster. Although there isn’t any certain mention on details like the venues, artists roster or dates but we can be rest assured that we will not be left disappointed.
When: February 2016 (Dates TBA)
Where: Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai

 

24. Escape Festival, Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand

 

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The Escape Festival is all that you can ask for and more if you are a person into art and music and looking for the perfect get away too. Located at the Lake Resort, Naukuchiatal in Uttarakhand, about 300 km from Delhi, it is a scenic getaway indeed. The festival features musicians, bands, painters, writers, photographers, tattoo artists and offer a choice of items to buy at the flea market too.
When: Dates TBA
Where: Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand
Website: https://www.facebook.com/escapefestival

Karan Acharya

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