Music Festival Season is Back and Here is What’s Coming Up

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

When: September 23rd & 24th

Where: Konsang Lampak, Imphal

With Manipuri folk hero Akhu Chingangbam among the founders and organizers, the two-day music festival focuses on art and music related to the environment and has been running since 2014. This edition marks their return since 2019 owing to the pandemic, with artists such as Arunachal singer-songwriter Takar Nabam, New Delhi-bred artist Ditty, Shillong folk-experimental act Da Minot, rock trio Street Stories and Imphal’s own shoegaze rockers Lo! Peninsula, among others.

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Outback Festival

When: September 24th & 25th

Where: Tashi Bagh, Stok, Leh-Ladakh

This music festival season is not without new entrants and the Outback Festival is among them. Taking place at 11,500 ft above sea love, the two-day event touts itself as the “World’s Highest Motorable Adventure & Music Festival” taking place in Leh-Ladakh. The sound reverberating through the valleys and mountains will come rock / metal’s faithful – Parikrama, Girish and The Chronicles – plus singer-songwriters such as Raghav Meattle and Salman Elahi, and Delhi Sultanate bringing out the BFR Soundsystem, among others.

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Ziro Festival of Music

When: September 29th to October 2nd

Where: Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh

Among the longest-running music festivals in Arunachal at this point, Ziro Festival of Music keeps its date with lovers of all things outdoors and music this year. Returning after 2019 as well, there isn’t necessarily a big-ticket international headliner, instead of Ziro opts for homegrown stars of a different variety, putting Baba Sehgal and Rabbi Shergill on their bill, alongside the likes of Afghan Duo, Motherjane, Easy Wanderlings, Abdon Mech, Shantanu Pandit, Bipul Chettri and more.

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Jodhpur RIFF

When: October 6th to 10th

Where: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Walking the balance of solemn and contemplative performances alongside the high-energy signature RIFF Rustle to close the festival, Jodhpur RIFF will host everyone from folk powerhouses such as Meghwals of Marwar, Lakha Khan and Sumitra Devi, plus Khasi folk artist Mebanlamphang Lyngdoh, and international artists such as Riff Cohen and Yurdal Tokcan, alongside Bawari Basanti, Harpreet Singh, Bombay Brass, Warsi Brothers and several more.

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Pine Tree Music Festival

When: October 15th & 16th

Where: Rohini Lake and Garden, Darjeeling

The fourth edition of Pine Tree Music Festival will bring together rock and metal acts alike in Kurseong and Darjeeling. On the lineup this time are headliners such as Nepal’s rock favorites Albatross, heavy metallers Girish and the Chronicles, plus Kolkata-bred funk / rock band Gingerfeet, tech-death metallers Obliterating Vortex, Nagaland act Trance Effect and Sikkim act SalaKhala, among others.

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International Indie Music Festival

When: November 9th to 13th

Where: Kerala Arts and Crafts Village, Thiruvananthapuram

The first edition of a new international music festival that’s associated with Kerala’s Lazie Indie magazine (started by rock band Lazie J’s Jay Pillai and Manoj Pillai), Thiruvananthapuram will host artists like Brazil-origin Sami Chohfi, Malaysia’s Lyia Meta, Singapore metal act Rudra and blackberries. Repping India are the likes of Agam, When Chai Met Toast, Oorali, Job Kurian and organizers Lazie J themselves.

Mahindra Kabira Festival

When: November 18th to 20th

Where: Guleria Ghat, Shivala Ghat and other venues, Varanasi

Among the few music festivals which got a headstart and resumed in 2021, it’s business as usual for Mahindra Kabira Festival in Varanasi this year. From morning performances at the banks of the Ganga river to amphitheater-style fusion rock performances and storytelling sessions, the festival will host vocalist Aruna Sairam, folk-fusion act The Raghu Dixit Project, Pandit Vikash Maharaj, The Tapi Project and more.

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Indian Open Air

When: November 27th

Where: TBA, Guwahati

The latest music festival on the block is coming up as a day-long affair in Guwahati. Indian Open Air is founded by promoters such as Rocka Rolla from Assam, Kolkata’s E365 and Guwahati venue Urban Mantra. With a legacy that boasts international artists like Karnivool, As I Lay Dying and more, we might just expect something heavy.

Bloom In Green Festival

When: December 16th to 18th

Where: Sanctity Ferme, Krishnagiri

Among the more escapist experiences – and we mean that in a good way – in Karnataka, the Bloom in Green Festival often gathers indie and psybient artists alongside adventure activities and eco-conscious workshops and sessions. This time around, they’re setting up in the appropriately verdant town of Krishnagiri, not too far for Bangaloreans.

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