It’s time to let your hair down with a number of music festivals set to offer riveting performances by both Indian and international artistes. From Martin Garrix to The Raghu Dixit Project, get set for a musical ride over the next two months. We round up a few events that you shouldn’t miss.
Amidst twinkling stars and the cool autumn breeze, Mehrangarh Fort will come alive with soul-stirring Sufi performances, with Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival’s (RIFF) eighth edition. The event is a centre of cultural dialogue through music, narrations, dance forms and talks.
"The festival will be much bigger this year and will feature almost 400 musicians. Its property, Club Mehran, will be held with DJ Maga Bo, percussionist Sandro Lustosa and some famous Rajasthani percussionists," says Divya Bhatia, festival director, adding that The Manganiyar of Marwar, Shooglenifty and Yemen Blues will be the must-watch performances.
From October 8 to 12, at Meharangarh Fort, Jodhpur.
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Starting from Goa, Sunburn has now travelled to other Indian cities like Mumbai and Noida as well. "This year, Sunburn Goa, will bring eight massive tailor-made stages with technological innovations giving fans a mesmerising experience. The event will see 150 renowned artistes playing non-stop groovy sets — be it trance, house, electro, techno, D&B, psy-trance, experimental and more," says Karan Singh, CEO, Sunburn.
On October 11 in Mumbai, October 12 in Noida and December 27 to 29 in Goa.
This event, held on the beaches of Goa, is a treat for EDM lovers. This year’s festival features an impressive line-up, including international artistes like The Chainsmokers and Paul Van Dyk, among others. "This time, we launched our early bird tickets with major artiste announcements of Paul Van Dyk, electro and progressive house duo The Chainsmokers, Dillon Francis and Stanton Warriors for the main event to give fans an initial peak into what is in store for them," says Jaideep Singh, senior vice president and business head, Integrated Network Solutions, the organisers of the event.
From December 27 to 30, Candolim Beach, Goa
NH 7 Weekender
This festival is a popular platform for independent music in India, and has taken upon itself to cultivate a buzzing alternative music scene. "Apart from great music, we’re getting some incredible visual artists to design the stages at the festival. There will also be some attractive art installations," says Arjun S Ravi, director, Only Much Louder, the organisers of the event.
November 1-2 in Kolkata, 8-9 in Bengaluru, 21-23 in Pune and 29-30 in Delhi.
Red Bull Tour Bus
The Red Bull Tour Bus completes a year of touring India, this month. Last year, the bus did 17 gigs across 16 cities, and on October 18, it will celebrate its one year anniversary with artistes playing on the bus in the city. "The line-up for this year has just gotten bigger. Kicking it off at the anniversary festival will be the headliners Pentagram and The Raghu Dixit Project. Joining them on the roof would be Bhayanak Maut, Madboy Mink, Ankur & Sidd and the Chennai-based band Skrat," says the spokesperson of Red Bull India.
On October 18, at Richardson and Cruddas, Byculla, Mumbai.