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  • 23 Oct
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Indian Live Music Festivals are pretty much a thing now. When Tomorrowland or Coachella seems to be a distant dream, Indian Live Music Festivals come to the rescue. And the best part about these, you’ll get to hear masterpieces of your own culturally rich heritage.

While we had already assembled a list of must-visit Rajasthan music festivals, below is a compiled list of all the Indian Live Music Festivals.

Ziro Music Festival – Arunachal Pradesh

Date: Thursday, 27 September – Sunday, 30 September

Venue: Ziro Valley

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.

Below, grab a glimpse of how it is to be out and about at Ziro music festival.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaRmJtEasMQ

Hornbill – Nagaland

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Zeliang Naga Tribesmen of Nagaland, India rehearsing their traditional dance during Hornbill Festival on 10th Dec 2014. Picture Source: Wikipedia

Date: 1st December – 10th December (every year)

Venue: Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, 12 km from Kohima

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. 

Accommodation is well taken care of. Find here details from the official website.

Below, find a link to the extravaganza of Hornbill International Music Festival.

Wood Talk Festival – Rishikesh

Date: Yet to be announced

Venue: 45 km ahead of Rishikesh in the woods of Mahadev Chatti, Badrinathpuri

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, 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.  Find below, a video of the experience at this Indian Live Music Festival.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqZGR6c0boc

Magnetic Fields

Jodhpur RIFF

The Sacred

Udaipur Lantern Festival

Ragasthan

Udaipur World Music Festival

World Sacred Spirit Festival

Mahindra Blues – Mumbai

Date: 5th-6th October 2018, 10th-11th February 2019

Venue:

D* denotes Domestic Airport, I** denotes International airport

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