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Want some true indie flavour? Head to these four lesser-known music festivals

If you’re game for some true indie flavour, head to these four lesser-known music festivals (even if it means rescheduling your gig calendar).

brunch Updated: Sep 19, 2015 17:07 IST
Debarun Borthakur
Debarun Borthakur
Hindustan Times

This week’s cover story is about India’s burgeoning indie music scene. If you’re game for some true indie flavour, head to these four lesser-known music festivals (even if it means rescheduling your gig calendar)

https://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2015/9/2009brpg4g.jpgShine A Light Festival (SLF)

WHERE: Sohra, Cherrapunji; WHEN: Dec 14-15, 2015

Of all the things SLF has gained since its inception last year is the obscurity of being truly indie: no sponsors, no glossy backdrops on stage, no highly prized tickets. The first chapter featured only bands from the Northeast, and so became the region’s first organic festival. Pack your bags – and an umbrella – and head to one of the earth’s rainiest places.



Poush Mela

WHERE: Shantiniketan, West Bengal; WHEN: usually around Dec 23, 2015

Because "indie" is not confined to electronic guitars and turntables, this is a peek into the rich heritage of Bengal in particular and India in general. Most notably, Baul music – an eclectic blend of folk songs relating to the Bhakti movement. https://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2015/9/2009brpg4f.jpgIndian Surf Festival (ISF)

WHERE: Ramchandi Beach, Odisha; WHEN: first week of Feb 2016

Not just for the music, but also to simultaneously bask in the sun at a serene beach, go surfing and kite surfing, and for water yoga. Musically, its last two chapters featured some of the country’s best less-known acts like Thaalavatam and Sitarsonic.



Mahindra Blues Festival

WHERE: Mehboob Studios, Mumbai; WHEN: second week of February, 2016

The only reason this indoor festival is on this list is because it focuses on a genre of music which is slowly fading away from festivals’ radars: Blues. It’s no-nonsense, and focuses only on best-known practitioners of Blues music. If names like Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Lil’ Ed can’t pull you to a concert, we wonder who will!

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