Mountains, beaches, the savannah… music festivals — that’s the latest addition to the list of travel destinations for many wanderlusting Indian youngsters. Ask 28-year-old Rohini Tekchandaney where she’s travelling to next and, chances are, it’ll be to an international concert. “My husband and I are both into music fests. Last year, during our honeymoon in the US, I looked up ticketmaster.com and planned my trip around gigs like Lollapalooza in Chicago and U2’s 360 degree tour. I now plan on attending music festivals whenever I travel abroad,” she says.
Things are pretty much the same for Jyoti Neggi, 32, who works in a film production firm. Last year, she and a friend organised a trip to Poland exclusively for the Open’er festival that featured acts like Cold Play, The Strokes and The National. “It’s a great idea to combine a budget travel trip with a music festival. It’s much better than doing other touristy stuff. My next trip will be to Spain to check out the Festival Internacional de Benicàssim (FIB) that takes place on the beach,” she says.
Apart from the artiste line-up, music aficionados also love the vibe at such events, which are usually spread across a week or over a few days. The different lifestyle, common mission and happy atmosphere unites people from across the world.
“The fun bit comes in if you’re travelling with friends. There’s also a good possibility you’ll meet likeminded people there. I’ve made good friends through music festivals — both in India and abroad,” says Asif Khan, 33, freelance writer and photographer.
Marketing manager Pranay Das, 28, adds, “It’s a great lifestyle for a couple of days, since you can be exactly what you want to. It’s a really liberating feeling and the best way to holiday. I’d rather go to a festival than anywhere else when on vacation.”
Das, who last travelled to NH7 Weekender in Pune, and Music In The Hills and Escape festivals in Uttarakhand, plans to do a Europe tour this year and catch some of the popular metal-fests in the Scandinavian countries.
Marketing consultant Vidhi Jhaveri, 33, sums it up, saying, “I love travelling and music, so I like to combine the two.” Having travelled to the US for U2’s Vertigo tour and Singapore for The Killers’ gig, she now plans to visit Spain this summer for FIB.
“Music is my first passion and my love for it takes me to all these places,” she says.