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Music festivals go places

music Updated: Sep 01, 2012 17:19 IST
Nirmika Singh
Nirmika Singh
Hindustan Times
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Fans of indie music festivals should get ready to pack their bags as two of India’s most popular music events — Bacardi NH7 Weekender and Sunburn — are all set to travel around.

Any music enthusiast clued in to the latest on the indie-music circuit will tell you that a visit to the Weekender is no less than a pilgrimage. Though only two years old, the Pune fest has become a massive crowd-puller, so much so that the organisers are hosting it at a venue twice as large as last year’s. This year’s edition is also expanding to Delhi and Bengaluru, making it a grand multi-city affair.

“We hope that the way we’ve been able to give a sense of ownership to Mumbaikars and Puneites, we’ll be able to do the same for folks in Bengaluru and Delhi — make them feel like it’s their own festival,” says Vijay Nair, CEO, Only Much Louder, the organisers of the fest.Spread over three months, the fest will begin with the Delhi leg on October 13-14, moving to Pune from November 2-4 and finally travelling to Bengaluru to host celebrations on December 15-16.

In Pune, the organisers even promise an experience amidst nature. “The new venue has a water body and a lot of greenery. It also has natural divisions that lend to six proper areas for stages, along with adequate parking space,” explains Nair.

In the five years of its existence, Sunburn Goa has become a one-stop destination for EDM fans in the country. Having introduced a Mumbai edition this year, the festival is now going international — traveling to Sri Lanka where the day-long celebrations will be held on October 6. “ I think Sri Lanka has the potential to be the Ibiza of the subcontinent. The people there have crazy energy and a flavour for fun. Sunburn Sri Lanka has the possibility to be quite a gig,” says Shailendra Singh, joint managing director, Percept Limited, organisers of the festival.

It was also reported that the festival would expand to other offshore locations such as Dubai, Bali and Canada. Ask Singh about their plans on this front and he says, “Hopefully, soon we will be in Dubai and Singapore.”