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From Sufi to blues: music festivals this month

The New Year has brought with it a bevy of music festivals — from a blues extravaganza to a Sufi fest and a camp-out event, among others. Take your pick

music Updated: Jan 11, 2014 14:09 IST
Nirmika Singh
Nirmika Singh
Hindustan Times

By the looks of it, the coming two months are going to keep music festival hoppers very busy.

With at least five big events having announced their line-up in the past few days and some of the fests overlapping as well, picking your favourite one might pose a problem. Here’s a round-up of some of them.

India Bike Week

The debut edition of India’s only bike fest saw a mix of music, rides, stunts and mixed-martial art matches. Now in its second year, India Bike Week takes its music quotient a notch higher, with a bigger line-up.

Held in the heart of Goa at a time when the weather is perfect in the state, the festival has something for every kind of festival goer. First-time visitors are also promised a heart-warming experience of witnessing the brotherhood among bikers from across the country.

When: January 17-19

Where: Goa

Line-up: Chris Simmons (UK), Dualist Inquiry Band, The F16s, Donn Bhat + Passenger Revelator and The Vinyl Records.

Sula Festival

This ‘gourmet music festival’ promises a mix of many experiences. Revellers can enjoy the scenic environment of its venue — a vineyard — even as they soak in the music. The organisers have added another twist this year — the fest will also feature a fashion show.

When: February 1-2

Where: Nashik, Maharashtra

Line-up:Gypsy All Stars (featuring former members of Gipsy Kings), Dub Pistols (UK) Susheela Raman, Avial and Winit Tikoo.

Mahindra Blues Festival

The annual mecca of blues will see another batch of global stalwarts of the genre on stage. Jimmie Vaughan, who couldn’t make it to the festival last year, will be back this time. Grammy-award winners Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks will also be performing this year. The line-up also includes guitarist Li’l Ed, singer/guitarist Zac Harmon and India’s two revered blues outfits, Blackstratblues and Soulmate.

When: February 15-16

Where: Mehboob Studios, Mumbai

Line-up: Jimmie Vaughan, Tedeschi Trucks Band and more.

World Sufi Spirit Festival in the majestic surroundings of two of Rajasthan’s most beautiful forts — Mehrangarh and Ahhichatragarh — this festival promises a unique experience. All performances feature indigenous folk traditions. This time, the line-up includes Kazakh, Turkish and Egyptian acts. Expect some collaborations between artistes as well.

When: February 17-24

Where: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur and Ahhichatragarh Fort, Nagaur

Line-up: Kavita Seth and Javed Bashir. More names to be announced soon.

Jan 12, 1963: The Beatles released their debut album, Please Please Me. The album comprises 14 songs, including the famous ‘Love me do’, ‘Twist and shout’ and ‘I saw her standing there’.

Jan 15, 1967: English rock band, The Rolling Stones had to change the lyrics of their hit, ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’ to Let’s Spend Some Time Together’ at their performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Jan 13, 1979: Soul-jazz singer Donny Hathaway died after jumping from the 15th floor of a hotel, Essex House, in New York City at the age of 34.

Jan 15, 1977: The Eagles topped the US album chart with their album, Hotel California. It was the group’s third No1 album in the US.

Jan 12, 1993: Veteran artiste Van Morrison became the first living inductee to have failed to show up at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction dinner.

Jan 11, 2000: Whitney Houston was reportedly under investigation after allegedly trying to smuggle marijuana out of Hawaii.

First Published: Jan 11, 2014 14:00 IST