It’s time to step out and enjoy the sun or cool evening breeze to the sound of music — from big bands, international artistes, great line-ups, exceptional dining experiences, weekend getaways and even performing music teachers — it’s all set to happen in and around Delhi in the next fortnight.
The biggest one is the Bacardi NH7 Weekender (October 13-14), headlining acts like Megadeth, Anoushka Shankar, Kaiserdisco and Shafqat Amanat Ali. Though the festival, in its third year, will travel to Pune and Bangalore as well, it’s in Delhi NCR that it will have the biggest space — The Buddh International Circuit — available to it. The circuit will be strewn with art installations to set the ambience for the musical experience. With six stages suited to all tastes, there will enough to choose from for everybody.To make the experience even more fulfilling, organisers say they have made special arrangements to ensure that the spaces are disabled-friendly. Special security arrangements will also ensure that everyone has a good experience right till the end. New this year is the festival’s dog-friendliness, made possible through Party Barky Hai. However, pets will be screened at a pre-event party to check how owners and canines react to loud music and large crowds. Only screened pets will be allowed at the festival venue.
If instead you prefer music at several hundred beats per minute, you might want to head to the Sunburn festival (October 7), which will debut in Noida after successful runs in Goa and Mumbai. With DJs like Afrojack, Moguai, and Arjun Vagale getting the crowds grooving, organisers say they are working to create a carnival atmosphere with stilt walkers, lounges, picturesque landscaping, rock climbing, and many other activities.
For more eclectic experiences, there are a slew of events you can look forward to. Today, you could head to Escape Retreats at the Manesar’s Seasons Hotel Tarudhan Valley, which promises two days of music concerts, walks, access to spa and pool facilities, and fine dining in a resort setup. With musicians like Big Bang Blues, Mrigya, Shantanu Pandit and Kendraka, and painter Sameer Hazari, one can expect variety as well as a more intimate experience. This monthly weekend retreat is an extension of the Escape Festival that is an annual happening at Naukuchiatal, Uttaranchal.
You could also head to Zorba on MG Road to hear music teachers of the Performers Collective doing covers from the 70s to now. The nine-months-old venue is also set to host Delhi band Bandish on October 2, apart from a full-moon meditation session on Sunday.