Not just festive season, September heralds the beginning of music festival season in India as well. While there were only a couple of homegrown music festivals in the country less than a decade ago, it’s exciting to see more and more names pop up on the circuit. From oldies like the NH7 Weekender that turns ten this year to Third Culture entertainment’s debut Neon East Fest in Mumbai, there’s literally something for every kind of music-listener. International acts like Dua Lipa and Chet Faker will be making their way to the country this year, meanwhile niche festivals in faraway places continue to draw both festival fans as well as hungry travellers.
If you’re gearing up to attend your first ever music festival, here’s everything that’s slated to happen starting October 2019. However, if you’re a festival regular, maybe take a chance on a brand new experience this year? Scroll ahead for Vogue‘s edit of Indian music festivals to bookmark this year.
Neon East Fest, October 2019
Conceptualised and produced by Third Culture entertainment, this contemporary music festival in Mumbai will be headlined by Grammy award-winning music producer Mura Masa. Hazing the line between hip hop and dance music, Mr Carmack along with Photay and Phum Viphurit are also going to perform. This promises to be special so we’d recommend getting your tickets as soon as you can; the two-day festival kicks off on October 12.
Address: JioGarden, BKC, Mumbai
Price: Early bird tickets starting at Rs 1,500; GA weekend phase 1 tickets will cost Rs 3,000, while weekend phase 2 tickets go up to Rs 5,000
Bacardi NH7 Weekender, November 2019
Celebrating its 10th year, the ‘happiest music festival’ is going to take place in the enchanting valley of Meghalaya from November 1-2 and in its home town, Pune, from November 29 to December 1. A place where you can shop, eat and enjoy live music without anything to worry about. The headliners include Chet Faker, Raja Kumari, Tejas, and Lifafa—and that’s barely scratching the surface of their extensive line-up.
Address: Wenfield, The Festive Hills -Thadlaskein, Lad Mukhla, Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya; Mahalakshmi Lawns, Airport Area, Pune
Price: Tickets for Pune are between Rs 2,750 and 4,000 meanwhile the Meghalaya tickets are priced between Rs 2,000 and 3,000
OnePlus Music Festival, November 2019
Katy Perry, Dua Lipa, Amit Trivedi, Ritviz and the Local Train—these are just some of the names on the line-up of the OnePlus music festival slated to take place in Mumbai this November. A celebration of good music and cutting-edge technology, the buzz around this festival is promising. Can’t be a part of the event? Pre-party tours will be hosted across India in Kolkata, Gurgaon, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Mumbai with performances by Rhapsody, The Local Train, Fossil and When Chai met Toast.
Address: DY Patil Stadium, Sector 7, Nerul, Navi Mumbai
Price: Tickets start at Rs 3,000
Echoes of Earth, December 2019
India’s greenest music festival, Echoes of Earth just released its 2019 line-up that includes 40 international and Indian musicians who perform on four uniquely designed stages that all celebrate one Earth. The Bengaluru-based festival, that kicks off on December 7, celebrates a love of music while upholding a deep commitment to sustainable practices and the age-old adage, ‘Reduce, Re-use and Recycle’. While treating attendees to the absolute best in music—the line-up includes Fakear, Acid Pauli, Prabh Deep and Sarathy Korwar—it also offers a look at sustainable practices in play and how you can incorporate them into your own life.
Address: To be announced
Price: Rs 1,770 onwards
Hornbill Festival, December 2019
Visually astounding, Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival is also a stunning showcase of the state’s culture. It brings the many tribes of Nagaland together, under one roof, to representing the music, dance and cuisines that they’re proud of. The ten-day long festival has a line-up that extends beyond stellar music performances to include food fairs, fashion shows, night bazaars and games.
Address: Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, Nagaland
Price: To be announced
Magnetic Fields, December 2019
Magnetic Fields festival keeps getting better and better, every single year. Set against the stunning backdrop of Alsisar Mahal in Rajasthan, Magnetic Fields is where one would find the Rajahs partying had it been the early 1900s. Multiple stages, more music than you’ll possibly be able to dance to (we encourage you to try, though!) and glamping, the festival is a must if you’d like to explore the underground music scene accompanied by stunning visuals, local cuisine and royal hospitality. The first names on the line-up include Ose, The F16s, Maribou State and The Black Madonna; the festival dates are December 13-15.
Address: Alsisar Mahal, Jhunjhunu, Village, Alsisar, Rajasthan
Price: Festival passes start at Rs 13,000
Mahindra Blues, February 2020,
Mumbai’s iconic Mehboob Studios becomes centre stage for the world’s finest blues musicians as guitars are strummed and souls are elevated with music. Held on a breezy weekend in February (8-9), Asia’s largest blues festival is the place to be at for lovers of the genre.