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Wanderers’ guide to music fests

music Updated: Nov 16, 2011 15:03 IST

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Wondering how to plan your gig calendar? Here are festival dates from Uttarakhand to Goa to remember

Invasion
Last year’s Invasion festival, organised by Only Much Louder and Brit-based UKNY music, featured showstopping acts like The Prodigy and Australian electronic band, Pendulum. The next edition, which is slated to take place around March 2012, promises to bring down the best contemporary, international high-energy acts to India. Visit www.nh7.in for more details.

Sula Wine Fest
How wrong can a music festival in a vineyard be? After four successful years of wine swirling and music spinning, the Sula Festival will be back for its fifth edition in early February next year. The two-day event will offer performances by umpteen artistes from across the country, grape-crushing sessions and yes, free-flowing wine!

Weekender
Last year, this Pune festival gave Indian music fans a taste of attending a music festival. Lush green grounds, three days of non-stop music and attendees unwinding on mats as others stage-hopped from one genre to another. This year, as organiser Vijay Nair promises, “It will be bigger and better.” The event shifts from the city to the 17-acre spacious outskirts. So from three stages, the multi-genre music fest will be spread over six, featuring as many as 150 artistes, free-flowing alcohol, a flea market, an ongoing tattoo convention as well as music by everyone from Swarathma to Imogen Heap.

Sunburn
Its beach location, pleasant weather and a line-up boasting of some of the most happening international electronica artistes make Sunburn Asia’s largest EDM fest. Held at Candolim Beach in North Goa, this year the festival will feature biggies like Pete Tong, Laughing Buddha (UK) and Gabriel & Dresden (USA) among others. In the past, biggies like Armin Van Buuren and John 00 Fleming spun at the fest.

Independence Rock
The longest-running music festival in the country, I-Rock, as it is commonly known, has been a mecca for long-haired headbangers in black tees. This year, the 26th edition will take place at Chitrakoot Grounds in Mumbai on November 26-27. For those who cannot make the trek here, the rock festival will be on air simultaneously.

Fireflies
This music event in Bangalore goes on through the night. The last edition featured acts like Something Relevant and Swarathma. This year it will take place on November 27 and see Agam, Beat Gurus and Sufi and qawwali artistes take the stage. Visit www.fireflies.org.in

Music In The Hills
Started in 2007 by the guys behind Happy Unmarried, this festival has served the dual purpose of music and a getaway. Shifting to a new location every year from places like Shimla to Mussoorie. This year it took place in August. Dates for 2012 aren’t finalised yet. Visit www.facebook.com/musicinthehills

Unconvention
More than just a music event, Unconvention aims to put all the music industry professionals under one roof. Last year’s event was titled Soundbound. This year, Un-Convention Online will take place in Pune on November 19.

Music Connects
The two-day conference kick-starts today at ITC Grand Central, Parel. Watch Rajasthan Roots’ famous Kutla Khan perform on the khurtal. The forum will also feature industry talks ranging from reality TV to indie and Bollywood artistes.

Escape
This annual three-day summer festival in Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand, focuses on music and arts. While there is no word out yet on the line-up, you can expect it to take place during the last week of May 2012.

India Music Week
Its first edition kicks off tomorrow. With gigs, conferences and workshops lined up in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, organiser Amit Saigal calls it “more than just a music festival.” Watch out for gigs by 40 artistes, sessions on music technology and production.

Celebrate Bandra
The ongoing Bandra festival that will conclude on November 27 will feature artistes like Airport and Sky Rabbit at locations like Bandra Fort Amphitheatre and Carter Road Promenade. Visit www.celebratebandra.net

Hornbill Festival
Nagaland’s celebrated rock festival that started in 2007 is slated to take place between December 1 to 7 this year. Visit hornbillfestival.com

-Compiled by Nikhil Hemrajani, Megha Mahindru, nirmika Singh