Which music festival is the one for you?

  • Aastha Atray Banan, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Dec 06, 2014 19:39 IST

Are you an electronic music buff, or does folk music feed your soul? Would you rather wear shorts on the beach as your dance your socks off, or laze under a sky full of stars? Whoever you may be, there is a music festival for you. Choose one and get packing!

For the raver

Dec 25-30, Candolim, Goa

What: VH1 Supersonic


The line-up:
Electronic dance music (EDM). This year, German Grammy award winner Paul van Dyk is headlining. There is also The Chainsmokers, whose #Selfie song went super viral. With lyrics like “After we go to the bathroom, can we go smoke a cigarette?; I really need one. But first, Let me take a selfie”, who can’t help but sing along?

Who’s in the crowd:

EDM fanatics who would be at your throats if you said “but isn’t this music just about the same beat repeated again and again?” Seen last year: Varun Dhawan.

What to wear:

Shorts, ganjis, bikinis and really cool shades. The less the better – how else are you going to beat the heat?

Best thing about it:

You’re on the beach, in Goa, listening to music all day long.

Worst thing about it:

Too many people means long loo and bar queues.

Don’t forget to:

Carry water and sunscreen. And maybe transform into an energiser bunny. You’re going to need it.


R4,000 onwards on bookmyshow.com

For the one who wants the world
Dec 12-14, Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

What: Magnetic Fields

The line-up:

Freshest sounds from around the world like dreampop Parisian producer Dream Koala, garage house producer Flava D from London, Pakistani beat maker Rudoh and Kuwaiti producer Zahed Sultan. If you can’t travel the world, the world is going to come to you.

Who’s in the crowd:

The discerning music fan, one that gets his or her fix from underground music shows. If Bollywood is your scene, then you may feel lost here. But then again, a little music education never hurt anybody.

What to wear:

It’s Rajasthan in December so it’s a perfect place to flaunt those boots, colourful scarves, mittens and jackets.

Best thing about it:

Lazing on the lawns during the day with rum-spiked smoothies.

Worst things about it:

It’s going to be cold!

Don’t forget to:

Carry a camera. The 17th century palace will make you want to live there forever. Also, carry plenty of cash, because ATMs are hard to find.


R5,000 onwards on tickets.magneticfields.in

For the intellectual
Dec 13, Mehboob Studios, Mumbai

What: Johnnie Walker The Journey

The line-up: 2014 Grammy Award winners Snarky Puppy, a Brooklyn-based band, is an international fusion group which has almost 40 musicians on their rolls, and Brit DJ Bonobo, a rare DJ that actually plays with a full band. Also Britain’s Got Talent’s winner Paul Potts, a former phone salesman, whose performance of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma had even Simon Cowell becoming sentimental.

Who’s in the crowd:

The intellectual, who longs for “different” music. Seen last year: Kiran Rao and Priya Dutt.

What to wear:

Since it’s in Bombay, dress as if you are going to a fun Bandra party – a hipsterish fedora, maybe?

Best thing about it:

It’s not just the music. All the artists will share their back story and talk about their journeys as musicians.

Worst things about it:

It’s just one day.

Don’t forget to:

Be ready to bump into all those who couldn’t travel and needed a music festival credential to flaunt.


R2,000 onwards on bookmyshow.com

For the one stuck in the middle!
Dec 19-21, Aamby Valley City, Festival Arena

What: Enchanted Valley Carnival

The line-up: That celebrity DJ every dance freak loves, David Guetta, is performing. But along with catering to the popular dance music fanatic, the festival also has a smattering of Indie and alternative talent to keep everyone happy — like Alien Chutney, Anish Sood, Arjun Vagale, Dualist Inquiry, Madboy Mink and Nucleya.


Who’s in the crowd: A music buff who wants their pop EDM served with a side of Indie.
What to wear: The more neon, the better! Bikini and crop tops are a must, so are tanks! Graphic tees for men.
Best thing about it: It takes place on an air-strip.
Worst things about it: Since it’s so close to Bombay, get ready for massive traffic jams on that tiny road leading up to the venue.
Don’t forget to: Carry sneakers, sunblock, glares and a battery pack.
Tickets: R2,750 onwards on evc.co.in

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