Going by the many announcements made over the past few days, the upcoming music festival season looks like a promising mix of bigger line-ups, better locations and newer talents. Here’s your guide to five sonic extravaganzas lined up for the next two months.
If you haven’t explored north-east India yet, this festival could well be your excuse to travel there. The festival, which will host its second edition this year, is held at a height of over 5,000 feet above sea level, and its matchless location is probably its biggest USP. You have the option to camp out, stay in hotels or in home-stays near the venue.
Line-up: Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) from the US, Whirling Kalapas, Menwhopause and many north eastern bands such as Imphal Talkies (Manipur), Yesterdrive and Omak Komut Collective (Arunachal Pradesh).
When: September 21-23
Where: Ziro, near Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
Harley Rock Riders
The fourth season of this biking/music festival will be held over two months in five cities across the country and culminate in a grand finale in Mumbai. This edition’s theme is ‘freedom’ and the organisers are also inviting bands to compete in a contest where they are required to compose a freedom rock anthem. The winner will get to play at the European Bike Week, 2014, in Austria. “We want to create opportunities and provide platforms for bands to not only perform, but also compose original music. This season will see a lot of build-up activity leading to the finale,” says Anoop Prakash, MD, Harley-Davidson, India.
Line-up: The Lightyears Explode, Blakc, The Supersonics, The Circus, Digital Suicide
when: August 8 onwards.
Where: Pune, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Delhi and Mumbai.
Information: Harley Rock Riders Season IV Facebook page
The king of music festivals in India, the NH7 Weekender, returns this year with a bigger edition. If last year saw the Pune fest expanding to Delhi and Bengaluru, this year, the festival will host an edition in Kolkata as well.
Line-up: International acts such as Meshuggah, Michal Menert, Benga and Tesseract, as well as
popular acts like Soulmate, The Raghu Dixit Project, Blackstratblues and Scribe.
When: October 18-20 (Pune), November 23 and 24 (Bengaluru), November 30 and December 1 (Delhi) and December 14 and 15 (Kolkata).
Go Mad Festival
Held amidst the picturesque hills of Ooty, this three-day camp-out festival has everything, from music and dance to art, for attendees to indulge in. While the mornings and afternoons will be dedicated to workshops, in the evenings, the performances will take over.
Line-up: Agam, Swarathma, Thermal And A Quarter, Gravy Train, Bombay Bassment, Moon Arra, Daksha Sheth Dance Company
When: October 25-27
Where: Fernhills Palace, Ooty
Metal At The Tavern
This one-day metal extravaganza plans to take the bustling suburb of Thane by storm. Headbanging fans can also expect some new music and merchandise releases by their favourite indie bands.
Line-up: Albatross, Demonic Resurrection, Primitiv, Hellwind and others
When: September 8
Where: Hotel United 21, Thane