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7 Best and Most Happening Music Festivals in India

There is never a dull moment in our country, a land that is rich in diverse cultures and genres. At least, the number of music festivals that take place here are proof of this fact.

But while there are new music festivals that crop up and take center stage every now and then, there’s no denying that the best music festivals in India have their own charm and appeal that can never be forgotten come what may. Some of the music festivals are of such a captivating kind.

Ziro Festival of Music

The Ziro Festival of Music has an alluring charisma that is definitely too hard to ignore. Its destination that is Arunachal Pradesh, which is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is one of the main highlights of this event. This annual four day music festival is held in the Ziro Valley every September and is a treat for travel as well as music enthusiasts from all over.

Go: Madras

There’s something about the combination of beach and music that sends everyone’s senses into a tizzy. Go: Madras, an electronic music festival held by the beach every year in Chennai, is the ideal example of the best of both worlds. Running successfully for six editions now, it brings top artists from all over the globe in the country, putting on a musical extravaganza that is unbeatable. 

With show-stopping visuals, the best talent in India and iconic production value, all against the backdrop of the alluring and picturesque coastline of Chennai, you definitely have to be there to see the spectacle in all its fabulous glory.


If you haven’t heard of sunburn, you are most certainly living under a rock. That’s the power of fan following that surrounds this electronic music festival. Held at Pune usually from the last week of December, Sunburn is a force to reckon with and has positioned India as a prime festival destination to the entire world.

Phase one early bird tickets are already sold out while early bird phase two tickets are available for a limited period only. With artistes from far and wide gracing this music festival, given last year’s lineup of performers such as Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Clean Bandit, this year’s lineup is sure to send EDM lovers in a frenzy.

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MTV India Music Summit

A popular music festival by Musiconcepts exists in the form of MTV India Music Summit. This one-of-a-kind festival is an all encompassing platform for classical, folk, jazz, choir and fusion lovers everywhere. Featuring prominent artistes, speakers and stalwarts of the music industry that enthrall and enchant you, music lovers are surely in for a treat with over 100 artistes and 36 hours of music streaming in royal and historically magnificent venue of Jaipur. 

This year, the likes of Shankar Mahadevan, Ustad Shujaat Khan, L. Subramaniam and many more legendary personalities hit the stage, which is enough to turn every music lover’s world upside down.

Time Out 72

This crackle of a spectacle lasts for three nights and three days and redefines music festivals in India. Time Out 72 is a multi genre music festival that brings some seriously electrifying talent to the forefront to deliver an unbeatable experience of a lifetime. 

With international as well as homegrown artists performing at three different stages, you are sure to wonder how 72 hours passed you by at the speed of light. All in all, it is heaven on earth for those ardent music, food and pure entertainment fans.

Mahindra Blues Festival

For those with a penchant for the blues, Mahindra Blues Festival is definitely among the best music festivals in India as it does not disappoint. Some of the best blues musicians ever are present at this two day festival held in Mumbai. 

Being Asia’s largest Blues festival, it promises an unparalleled experience complete with guitar ripping and soul stirring music that is sure to take your breath away. It is held every year in February, this year was its eight outing with a spellbinding lineup New Orleans Bluesman Walter Wolfman Washington, Blues vocal powerhouse Layla Zoe and British Blues Legend John Mayall among others.

Magnetic Fields Festival

Held at Alsisar Mahal, Shekhawati in Rajasthan, from the 14th to 16th December 2018, Magnetic Fields Festival is undoubtedly a unique festival that celebrates contemporary music and arts.

While it is a platform that brings to light new music concepts and experiences, it also curates enthralling music for everyone present. This year it is back for another round and comes with a characteristically exciting lineup. This festival is globally known for bringing budding sounds from India as well as the world to the forefront.  

The mention of these music festivals is enough to draw music lovers like a moth to a flame and why not? 

It is the ultimate way to celebrate the power of music in all its fabulous glory and the best way to connect with the world through the common love for beats and rhythm. 

This assorted mix of the most splendid music festivals is sure to take your breath away and get you pumped for all the right reasons.

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