“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley
This poignant quote from Caribbean crooner Bob Marley encapsulates the mysterious and profound magic that music can create. The ability to ensnare the senses and dissipate the mundaneness of everyday life. Regardless of the genre, as long as you enjoy the music you are listening to, the experience can have a profound, mood-elevating, emotionally stirring experience in listeners. We should know; after all, Seamedu School of Pro-Expressionism is a media school that offers music production courses in India.
This magical, musical experience is multiplied and magnified to a much greater degree when you are face to face with these musical virtuoso’s as they spellbind audience with their craft and artistry. Live music is widely considered the pinnacle of this much loved performance art, and can be a truly magical experience. To be in a crowd of like-minded souls with rhythm permeating through every fiber of your collective beings – rocking, bobbing, dancing, singing swinging and even moshing to the band or artists performances can be a truly seminal experience. If you want to experience the ecstasy and energy of a live gig, we have good news for you, India is full to the brim with truly fantastic gigs and festivals. Here’s a look at some of the biggest fests the motherland has to offer in the coming year across various genres.
Seamedu’s top five picks in 2017
1. Vh1 Supersonic
What a way to start off the year, and this list, because Supersonic is right around the corner. The brainchild of popular Indian DJ and TV personality Nikhil Chinapa, Supersonic has swapped the sandy beaches of Goa for the chaotic heart of Pune this year. Taking place from the 10th to the 12th of February, this is one gig EDM fans and followers of hip-hop shouldn’t even think of missing. Why? Two reasons – Eric Prydz and Macklemore. The Swedish DJ and producer (Prydz) is one of the biggest EDM acts of all time, and is expected to bring the roof down. Macklemore is one of the most recognized artists in the hip-hop and rap space, and his unique style and witty lyrics will definitely bring the crowds to their feet.
2. Holi Moo!
The capital city plays host to Holi Moo! Again this year, and after an absolutely smashing event last year, the stakes are raised and expectations are building. Taking place on the 13th of March 2017, the quirky, colourful festival will see more than 40 talented artists strut their stuff across four stages in a festival that is non-stop grooving for eight hours. This is going to be one hell of a party on Holi day, which is falling on a long weekend this year, meaning you have the perfect excuse to travel to Delhi from wherever you’re reading this and be part of the good times.
3. Bangalore Open Air
Bengaluru has quickly earned a reputation as India’s metal capital, and Bangalore Open Air is the perfect example to justify this reputation. Taking place in June-end or July every year since 2011, this show is an explosion of growling vocals, electrifying riffs and pulse-quickening double-bass beats. This is also the home of the Indian leg of the Wacken Metal Battle, with the winner getting a spot at the Wacken Open Air in Germany. Big names of the global metal scene have dropped by to headline this gig in the recent past, names that include Napalm Death, Destruction, apart from Vader, Skull Fist, and Nader Sadek who all graced the stage just last year.
The mid-September gig held in the Ziro valley in Arunachal Pradesh is a mixed genre festival that typical spans four days. An open to the heavens gig nestled in a gorgeous valley, Ziro brings together some of the most revered acts on India’s indie scene under one proverbial roof in a four day musical explosion. Indus Creed, Sha’air+Func and Lee Ranaldo have all played Ziro in the past, and this year is expected to be at least as good, if not better than the previous editions of this festival which began in 2012.
5. Magnetic Fields
One of the youngest festivals on this list, having started as recently as 2014, Magnetic Fields is nevertheless a must visit for the Indian music aficionado. This event attracts an eclectic mix of foreign and Indian acts from a diverse palate of musical styles. Taking place at the gorgeous Alsisar Mahal in Rajasthan, last year saw more than 40 bands and artist do their thing at this funky festival. Magnetic Fields takes place in December and is an integral part of the Indian music calendar, and how can it not be when the line-up is so good? Last year, for example, saw London’s Floating Points, Berlin’s Roman Flügel, Vienna’s Dorian Concept and Superpoze from Paris among so many other amazing international acts.
What do you think of our lineup? Any other big festivals that you think ought to make the cut? We chose to leave out the NH7 Weekender and Sunburn because everyone who is into music knows about those two already, but anything else that should have made the list?
Let us know in the comments section below.