Give the crowded hills and beaches a miss. This holiday season, add some music, madness and more music to your itinerary and travel to one of these music festivals instead. Get the party started already!
Enchanted Valley Carnival (EVC)
Aamby Valley, Maharashtra
One of the first music festivals in India to have a full-fledged campsite, EVC 2016 has an artiste line-up to suit all tastes – from commercial darlings Arijit Singh and Badshah to hip hop hit Flo Rida and even Alan Walker (of Faded fame). Besides, the festival will also host several silent after-parties and workshops where you can learn to swing pois or make dream catchers.
Chasing Storm Festival
December 31-January 1
Imagine lush green rolling hills, cascading waterfalls and the smell of fresh coffee. Now imagine sitting under a million stars in such settings, roasting marshmallows around cosy campfires while jamming with musicians. Then there’s the line-up of artistes, of course (it’s yet to be announced for this year). Already sounds like a great way to ring in the New Year, no?
December 12-January 15
The baap of all music festivals in India, Sunburn turns 10 this year. And for the first time, it’s moving away from the beachy sands of Goa to the music festival capital of India, Pune. Don’t get disheartened though, they’re still going to live up to their ‘biggest, craziest, electronic music festival in India’ tag. Because, the line-up – Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Kshmr, along with Ajja, Nucleya, Tom Swoon and many more. Also, because the Sunburn Arena that will be held in Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi before and after the main event in Pune will bring the big shots Hardwell, David Guetta and Robin Schulz.
Shantiniketan, West Bengal
December 22 onwards
If big, mad music festivals with thousands of visitors cramming, screaming and dancing their heads off isn’t your scene, then this organic, homegrown, traditional music festival in the culture hub of Shantiniketan might be worth checking out. There will be folk music, wandering minstrels singing bauls, tribal dances and about 1,500 stalls selling handicrafts and local fabrics. Plus, authentic Bengali food! Like Nagaland’s Hornbill, this one too is as authentic as it can get.
Kasol Psytrance Parties
Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
If you aren’t willing to let go off the usual bonfire-drinks-music-dancing routine to ring in the New Year, yet wish to make it unusual, then head to Kasol in the trippy (quite literally) Parvati Valley of Himachal. Surrounded by the breathtaking Himalayas, with the Parvati river gushing by, a bonfire at a camp in the dense coniferous forests is an experience in itself. Add to that heady psy-trance music and all night parties, and you’re guaranteed to wade into the New Year like never ever!
From HT Brunch, December 18, 2016
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