InOnIt Guides: Music Festivals Across India

A traveller, a music-lover, an explorer, a dreamer; this guide will have something for each of you to rave about. When Woodstock took place, it brought the love, reach and essence of music out in the open. A meeting point of people from across the globe, cultural amalgamation, different music genres and budding artistes come together at music festivals that take you to a different world. This week’s guide gives you a list of must-visit music festivals across India that are spread over the year, every year.

NH7 Weekender

Nh7, a platform created for music lovers to experience young, emerging talents from India and across the world has created a name for itself in a very short time. When they held their first Nh7 Weekender music fest, it was much talked about and anticipated when the line-up was announced. The results exceeded everyone’s expectations with a huge ground that had over five stages, all themed according to different genres of music. This year they promise to have us enchanted with a completely new line-up of artistes in Pune while the festival will also take place in Delhi and Bangalore. From rock music to dubstep, NH7 Weekender has music that suits everyone’s soul.

This year, the festival will take place in Pune on 2nd, 3rd and 4th November, 2012 and in Bengaluru on 15th and 16th December 2012.

To read InOnIt’s take on the festival this year, click here.

To check out their official website, click here.

Rock ‘N India

Rock ‘N India is one of the country’s first international music festival that gets some of the best artistes from the world to perform in a concert area in Bengaluru. Literally, dream artistes for rock enthusiasts come to India to play for them. Metal heads and rock music lovers wait for this festival to commence every year. Ten hours of non-stop live music, in the past Rock ‘N India has showcased iconic rock acts from Megadeth to Machine Head, Iron Maiden, Biffy Clyro to Metallica and has kept its fan screaming for more.

To know more about Rock ‘N India, click here.


If visited once, this festival will definitely call you back. Throughout the year, murmurs of Sunburn keep making rounds till it’s finally December. It’s like the whole year is spent only for this month to arrive so people can leave their work behind and pack their hippie attires to head to Goa. Okay, maybe that applies to electronic dance music and Goa lovers. But who doesn’t love the two anyway? This three-day EDM festival gets together renowned Indian and International DJs like Axwell, GMS, Avicii and more.

This year, like every year, Sunburn will take place in the last week of December.

To know more about Sunburn, click here.


A traveller’s delight, the dunes of Rajasthan will be your beckoning this year. Ragasthan, a three-day music festival that extends its arms to everything that is holistic and artistic, will let you make Jaisalmer your home from 16th to 18th November, 2012. Expect 3 stages of music from across the world: Morio Main Stage, Ammara Electronic Stage, Olun World Stage that will have varied genres to suit your choice. Tents to camp in at night, movie screenings, artistic displays and photography podiums along with outdoor adventure activities await you this November.

To book passes for Ragasthan’s first edition, click here.

To read InOnIt’s take on this festival, click here.

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Sulafest and York Live

Just when you were about to think that Sulafest is a one of its kind wine and music fest in the country, York winery decided to step in and invite you to their very similar York Live. Not that we are complaining, too much wine is never enough. What we would prefer is if they were a bit distant in terms of date, as both happen one or two weeks away from each other and attract the same kind of performers and crowd. Either way, don’t miss a chance to attend at least one of these, as a picturesque amphitheatre at Sula vineyards with ample amount of flowing wine will set the mood to listen to some great Indian and international artistes and is a great getaway for the weekend.

The line-up for Sulafest and York Live 2013 is not out yet, but watch this space for updates.


Judging by its turnout last year, we think you can skip this one. Unless you are around the area at that time, you can probably walk through to see if it’s any good. When Storm festival started its promotions, we thought it would be quite interesting to attend a music festival that is in the middle of green forests in Coorg and overnight camping in the woods could be scratched off the bucket list. But with a poor line-up and crowd that could be better, the first edition of Storm festival sadly disappointed us. We hope their second edition is worth going for but chances are unlikely.

The second edition of the festival is not out yet but to check out their website, click here.

Jaipur Literature Festival

The Jaipur Literature Festival takes place in Jaipur, Rajasthan in the chilly month of January every year and sees many talented artistes showcase their work. You will get intrigued by the books on display but more so, the music is what will call out to you. Every evening during the festival, listen to acoustic versions from famous world musicians as well as Indian traditional music that will enlighten your minds.

To know more about this festival, visit their website here.

Mahindra Blues Festival

Two days of soul tripping music, Mahindra Blues Festival has some of the best blues artistes from across the world. The idea behind this festival is to exhibit and promote the genre that is slowly gaining appreciation in India. Experience guitar wizardry and soulful energy at this therapeutic music festival that happens once a year at venues like Mehboob Studio in Bandra. Through electrifying performances, insightful workshops, enlightening talks, this festival has something for everyone. Artistes that have performed earlier include five-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy, funk legend Robert Randolph, Taj Mahal Trio and more.

Mahindra Blues Festival generally happens around the month of February.

To know more about this festival, check out their website here.

- Sneha Mankani

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