Live Music Festivals in India are pretty much a thing now. When Tomorrowland or Coachella seems to be a distant dream, Live Music Festivals in India come to the rescue. And the best part about these, you’ll get to hear masterpieces of your own culturally rich heritage.
Table of contents
- Top 20 Live Indian Music Festivals
- 1. Ziro Music Festival – Arunachal Pradesh
- 2. Hornbill – Nagaland
- 3. Wood Talk Festival – Rishikesh
- 4. Magnetic Fields, Rajasthan
- 5. Mahindra Blues, Mumbai
- 6. Storm, Bengaluru
- 7. NH7 Weekender, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Kolkata
- 8. Escape, Naukuchiatal
- 9. Fireflies, Bengaluru
- 10. Sula Fest, Nasik
- 11. Rang, New Delhi
- 12. Kasauli Rhythm, Kasauli
- 13. Shiva Squad, Manali
- 14. Sunburn music festival in Goa
- 15. Gulmarg winter fest, Kashmir
- 16. Enchanted Carnival Valley, Pune
- 17. Road to Ultra, Delhi and Mumbai
- 18. VH1 Supersonic, Pune
- 19. Puravankara Indigo and Blues festival, Bangalore
- 20. Electric Daisy Carnival, Delhi
- Wrap up
Top 20 Live Indian Music Festivals
Below is a compiled list of all the Live Music Festivals in India.
1. Ziro Music Festival – Arunachal Pradesh
How to reach: Nearest Airport – (D)* Jorhat, Assam (98 km), (D)* Lilabari, Assam (123 km), (I)** Guwahati (449 km); Nearest Railway station – Naharalagun (100 km) and North Lakhimpur (117 km); Buses, Taxis, Shared Cabs ply from all these places to Ziro.
One of the oldest towns of Arunachal Pradesh at the elevation of 5538 ft, surrounded by gentle hill slopes and rice fields, Ziro becomes a picture-perfect destination for a music festival. Just envision yourself sitting on green pastures with the cool breeze blowing and listening to electronica. That’s exactly how Ziro feels like.
Founded in 2012 by Bobby Hano and Menwhopause guitarist Anup Kutty, Ziro Music Festival has many great Indie artists namely Steve Shelley, Lee Ranaldo, Menwhopause, Lou Majaw, Shaa’ir n Func, Indus Creed, Mashangva, Guru Rewben, and Peter Cat Recording Co. among others. The list is growing and every time it is grander than before! A perfect music festival for independent artists that blends together the best of musical talents to an audience hungry for original and refreshing music. Held every September, Ziro Festival is a “go-to” destination for the youngsters.
Spread over three days, it is hosted by the Apatani tribe of Ziro. Visitors can stay in their own tents or at tents (from the organizers) near the festival ground at Hapoli. Additionally, the town has some basic lodges and home-stays, not far from the venue. For tickets, contact the official website of Ziro Festival here. BYOT (buy your own tent excluding the event) ranges from INR 3000 to INR 24000 depending on accommodation and festival access.
2. Hornbill – Nagaland
How to reach: Nearest Airport – (D)* Dimapur (74 km), (D)* Imphal Airport (145 Km), (I)** Guwahati (376 km); Nearest Railway Station – Dimapur; Buses ply from Guwahati, Shillong, Kolkata, and other parts. It is well connected via roads.
Organized by the government of Nagaland, the first Hornbill festival was held in 2000. It is also called the ‘Festival of Festivals’. It revolves around agriculture and participation in this festival is essential for Nagas. They showcase their cultural heritage in the form of music, dance, art, literature, and culinary skills. Naga troupes sing folk songs, perform and play traditional dances and games. It hosts one of India’s largest rock music festivals organized by the Music task force.
The festival is named after the Indian Hornbill, the large forest bird which is displayed in folklore in most of the state’s tribes. The week-long festival unites one and all in Nagaland. There is never a dull moment during the 10 days of merry-making.
3. Wood Talk Festival – Rishikesh
How to reach: Nearest Airport – (D) Jolly Grant, Dehradun (35 km) (I) Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi; Nearest Railway Station – Rishikesh; Well-connected by buses from all major cities around.
Along the Ganges, underneath the full moon, the Valleys of Rishikesh hosts India’s first Music & Adventure festival. Following the idea of camping festivals in European countries, Woods Talk Festival has taken it one step ahead by incorporating adventure sports and hiking activities with music and camping. Additionally, a multi-cuisine kitchen, barbecue grills, and bonfires await you at the Shivalik foothills. The best part about this fest is their perseverance towards ‘Zero Residual Damage’. Renewable sources of energy power all the music and lights at the festival. Moreover, they abide by the goal of ‘no pollution’. All waste materials are recycled or disposed off responsibly. The management takes extra precautions to ensure the same.
An artistic mix of electronica in a weekend filled with music, where both young and experienced come together to calm your soul. The festival ethos mixes with the local elements, rather than create a conflict of space with nature.
4. Magnetic Fields, Rajasthan
Known as one of the most stunning music-festivals spanning three days in the magnificent Mahal of Alsisar in Rajasthan, this music festival is the perfect blend of grandeur and royalty. Held in December, Magnetic Fields has gained a lot of popularity for providing its audience the experience of a boutique festival in India.
This December music festival comes with a great opportunity for artists who need a platform to break into the music industry by tagging them with the various celebrity performers in the events. Magnetic Fields promotes the fresh and newest talents of the country by giving them a stage and paving the way for their careers. We have also assembled a list of must-visit Rajasthan music festivals, do check it out!
5. Mahindra Blues, Mumbai
Popularly known as the biggest Blues festival in Asia, Mahindra Blues occurs in February every year in Mumbai. The festival is a promoter of blues musical genre and brings all the biggest artists in the world from the field of blues music and gives a place to perform to all the new and budding blues artists in India. The festival is enjoyed by a lot of tourists as well as there is an amalgamation of elite music, local street food, and the peppy nightlife of the city.
6. Storm, Bengaluru
Be it electronic, folk or indie, this music festivals will give you all of it and more! Organised in the outskirts of Bengaluru city for three consecutive nights, this festival is held in January every year. Known for its unique blend of music and adventure sports and lush green venue, Storm is the perfect example of how a music festival should be. This festival promotes awareness around environmental sustainability along with the giving its crowd the music and entertainment they come for, setting an example of being responsible while having fun. It uses waste management practices and efficient products along with a strict policy for no-plastic, making itself the eco-friendly festival of India.
7. NH7 Weekender, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Kolkata
Requiring no introduction, NH7 weekender is one of the most popular festivals in India as well as Abroad. Touted as the one of the best-organized indie music festivals in Bangalore, Delhi, Pune and Kolkata because of its level of production and amazing lineup of celebrities and performers.
Coming with top class security, information booths, foods and beverages, health and toilet facilities, the musical extravaganza is a no lesser than any music festival happening in the US or UK. Genres like mix indie, rock, metal and ethnic fusion are mostly heard at NH7. The festival is held for three dazzling days in the cities of Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Kolkata every year.
8. Escape, Naukuchiatal
The emergence of Escape music festival was a very unplanned one as a group of 80 musicians went out of Delhi to stay in a Himalayan resort for a few days and their little escape led to this music festival. This three-day festival occurs in Naukuchiatal at a lake resort and features performers, artists, photographers, bands, painters, tattoo artists, graffiti artists, potters, and writers, creating a pool of talent. This festival is not known for its celebrity lineups but for its hypnotic and mesmerizing vibe and quality music.
9. Fireflies, Bengaluru
Another fest is set in the outskirts of Bengaluru; this festival is held in an amphitheatre under a banyan tree nearby a lake. Known as organic music festival, fireflies feels like a kiss from nature. The best part about this festival is its unique blend of tribal folk music and Western jazz where artists from all leagues, be it bigger and famous or the new and budding ones perform at the same stage from 7 pm till 7 am. Many tourists who are inclined towards a more organic vibe become a part of the festival every year.
10. Sula Fest, Nasik
This music festival is organised in the Nasik Sula Vineyards, this music festival is an amalgamation of reggae, electronic music, and dubstep. Needless to say, wine is in abundance at this musical extravaganza where fashion, entertainment, music and leisure are what attracts the crowd. The Sula fest has also collaborated with Yoga House to introduce yoga sessions at sunrise that will inculcate awareness for health amongst its attendees. Wine tasting tours, hot air balloon rides, tarot card readings, foot massages and stalls of flea markets are what gives this fest its essence of being a leisurely festival.
11. Rang, New Delhi
Inspired the festival of Holi, this music festivals celebrates the spirit of Holi with colors as well as music together. From special Holi delicacies to water splashes to vibrant colors to exotic cocktails, everything is can be found all under one roof here. With many national and international artists coming to this festival to perform, this is an ultimate experience filled with culture and electronic music.
12. Kasauli Rhythm, Kasauli
Celebrated in the beautiful town of Kasauli, this music festival is a perfect blend of jazz, funk, blues, fusion, rock, electro folk and folk-rock genres. Held at the Baikunth resort, the festival is full of fun vibes and spreads awareness about the children who are underprivileged and critically ill. The music representation here in this festival is rather serious and mature instead of being very casual and popular.
13. Shiva Squad, Manali
Artists from genres like trance, rock, psy-trance, hi-tech, jazz, electronica, folk, r&b, classical and fusion music perform at this festival. Held at the breathtaking Manali landscape every September, the festival unites all the like-minded people who are inclined towards a psychedelic culture. People from all walks of life come and enjoy this musical celebration that promotes social harmony and musical expression.
14. Sunburn music festival in Goa
One of the most popular music festivals in India and abroad, Sunburn music festival was held in Goa for nine consecutive years before shifting to Pune and becoming the official music festival of Pune. But, in 2019, the festival came back its home ground in Goa at Vagator. Known as the largest and most famous music festival of Asia, this music festival is a fusion of arts, entertainment, shopping, food, and music. One of the biggest music festivals in Goa and ranked among the top 10 music festivals of the world, Sunburn comes with a starry line-up and spans over 3 days of dance, music and full on EDM vibes.
15. Gulmarg winter fest, Kashmir
An amalgamation of jazz, classical, blues, Sufi, rock, fusion, folk and indie. This music festival celebrated the spirit of music along with many winter sports in the beautiful snowy Himalayan peaks. Started as a practice to promote tourism in Kashmir, Gulmarg Winter festival was born in 2003 and is spread over two days.
16. Enchanted Carnival Valley, Pune
One of the biggest music festivals in India and one of its kind in Asia that is held on an airstrip on the mesmerizing hills of Aamby valley in Pune. You can dance to the moves of various artists on the five stages who perform genres like metal, folk, jazz, Bollywood, rock, electronica and what not. Occurring in December for two days every year, this music festival comes with music as well as adventure sports like zip lining, rock climbing, bungee jumping and much more to give its crowd a wholesome experience. Its food stalls are known as Culinarium where you can get anything from gourmet dishes to street food cuisine all under one roof.
17. Road to Ultra, Delhi and Mumbai
This international music festival finally arrived in India and left the fans stunned. Known as one of the largest electronic festivals in the world, the first ever Indian edition was held in Mumbai and Delhi in the year 2017 and was graced by The Chainsmokers, global electronic duo. This festival is full of energetic performances by the biggest artists in the EDM scene from India and abroad.
18. VH1 Supersonic, Pune
Held in Pune every year in the month of February, VH1 Supersonic, known as the best music festival in India comes with a starry lineup of the world’s best EDM artists. Since 2018, the music festival has also allowed other music genres to be performed so, now it has become a bigger extravaganza of music, entertainment and fun. Pop, jazz, rock, reggae, indie and many more genres are usually played in this festival.
19. Puravankara Indigo and Blues festival, Bangalore
This jazz and blues music festivals is a must for all the jazz and blues lover out there. Providing a platform to the local blues and jazz artists and bands this music festival comes with renowned labels and gives its crowd an atmosphere to groove endlessly.
20. Electric Daisy Carnival, Delhi
One of the best EDM festivals in India, Electric Daisy Carnival music festival has been held all across the world for the last 20 years. With some of the biggest names in EDM performing on its stage, it has graced Delhi with its Indian edition. With neon lights and pop of colors, this music festival has an eccentric stage which will give the attendees a fest to remember.
India has always been the land arts, music and entertainment and western music has made its way to our land in the recent times. With the growing demand for western music, these live music festivals became a thing in India as well.
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