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  • 16 September 2016

Did you ever think that a music festival in such a remote location would get so popular? In its fifth edition, the Ziro Festival of Music is touted as India’s greatest outdoor music festival. Of course, getting there is a challenge and requires proper planning, but trust us, it’s worth the trek. Especially if you like exploring upcoming regional bands, and have an urge to travel to undiscovered locales.

 

Highlights:

Akummika, a two-piece indietronica band based in Nagaland

Dimapur-based folk fusion band Abiogenesis

The now popular Shillong-based blues band Soulmate

 

What: Zero Festival of Music

When: 22 – 25 September

Where: Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

When you have a music festival that travels around the country with one of the best entourage of Indian and international artists, it’s bound to be tagged as the happiest music festival. The Bacardi NH7 Weekender is one of the most sought-after festivals in the country’s musical calendar. This year it comprises of a weekend of music in three major cities — Shillong, Hyderabad and Pune — and a one-day express edition in five cities — Kolkata, Mysore, Puducherry, Nagpur and Jaipur.

 

Highlights:

Director, actor, musician Farhan Akhtar in Shillong

Rock band Dinosaur Pile-up in Hyderabad

Rock artist Steven Wilson in Pune

 

What: Bacardi NH7 Weekender

When: September 24 — 4 December

Where: Multiple cities

This one is debuting this year, with a line-up of Indian and international DJs in the electronic music space. If beach music festivals are your thing, and the other popular ones seem to have become too crowded for your liking, head to the French-inspired coast town of Puducherry for Electro Storm.

 

Highlights:

Romanian DJ Edward Maya when he gets opens his act at midnight

The ‘King of Bollywood and House Music’, DJ Whosane

Ma Faiza, one of the most notable names in EDM in India

 

What: Electro Storm

When: 7 – 8 October

Where: The Ashok Beach Resort, Puducherry

Held at the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, the Rajasthan International Folk Festival celebrates folk music and art. Not just the ones of the state, but also those from across the world. So you can expect to hear the doyens of Rajasthani music welcome the first rays of the sun, and later blend their traditional style with a jazz band. Promoted by HH Gaj Singh of Mewar and with Sir Mick Jagger as the international patron, expect top-notch concerts and events.

 

Highlights:

Maru Tarang, the band that seamlessly blends ancient Rajasthani songs with Australian blues

Lakha Khan Manganiyar, one of the greatest exponents of Sindhi sarangi

Davy Sicard, vocals in Maloya and French with rouleur, guitar, traditional percussion

 

What: Jodhpur RIFF

When: 13 — 17 October

Where: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

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