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Seek your genre and swing along at these 5 live music festivals in India this February

We all know that one person who just can’t get through a day without music. iTunes and Spotify may have kept the rhythm alive on trains, planes and office cubicles, but nothing beats the excitement of watching your favourite artist live with your friends. With a slew of concerts scheduled through the year, 2018 seems promising for live entertainment.

There are some very big names coming to Indian shores, but make the most of the fantastic February weather (when it’s not too hot, you know!) and let your hair down at any of these 5 happening events:

1. Sulafest (Feb 3-4, Nashik)

The grandmama of #FestivalLife, Sulafest opens the month with its time-tested formula of good wine, good music and beautiful people. 180 kms away from Mumbai, the vineyards are also the perfect backdrop to relax and have a good time.

The lineup this year includes Bombay hipsters Madboy/Mink, Balkan Beat Box, Kailasa, and synth pop overlord Aqua Dominatrix among other artists. Apart from live acts, the festival also promises to keep you engrossed in wine tastings, grape stomping, shopping, fashion shows, great grub, and a variety of drinks other than wine too!

More details here.

2. Mahindra Blues Festival (Feb 10-11, Mumbai)

Older millennials will feel right at home stepping into the cavernous halls of Mehboob Studio. Join hundreds of Blues enthusiasts over two moody days of weepin’ guitar mastery and saucy licks, as legends such as John Mayall, one of England’s last living Blues legends, and Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington from the New Orleans Blues scene take you down muddy sonic roads.

Local boy Warren Mendonca aka Blackstratblues will also make an appearance at this A-list event. The venue has bars spread out, and the weather should be fine enough to maturely sip single malt as well.

More details here.

3. VH1 Supersonic (Feb 9-11, Pune)

From its earlier avatar as an EDM-focused festival, VH1 Supersonic hits it out of the park with its 2018 roster. There’s Major Lazer, Sean Paul, Alt-J, Marshmello, and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble headlining the stages at Pune, apart from more than 55 other artists!

However, my personal vote goes for post-grunge rockers Incubus, who will perform their first show in India. Apart from the multi-genre aural feast, the festival will also have food trucks, a beer garden with happy hours, spa services and a banging after-party on each of the three days. Need more reasons?

More details here.

4. Backdoors 2018 (Feb 14 & 17, Mumbai & Bangalore)

The lovely folks at Bangalore’s The Humming Tree have pledged to spread the music wide and far. This year, the 2nd edition of India’s newest music festival will first cover Mumbai (on Feb 14) and repeat the act in Bangalore (on Feb 17).

Earlier, the festival had biggies such as Steven Wilson and Jose Gonzalez. This time around they’ve roped in hip-hop swinger Anderson Paak, London alternative outfit Wolf Alice, djent metallers Tesseract, and six other artists to conduct the proceedings harmoniously. Sounds like immense fun!

More details here.

5. Goa Gil 2018 Tour (Feb 10-25, multiple cities)

Ever feel that festivals sometimes offer way too many options? The dark lord of underground psytrance surfaces from his Goa home to take over the nights at venues in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi and Pune this year.

This one-man cross-country show is a kickback to the good old days of hippies and beach parties, which no psychedelic music champ should miss. It won’t matter if you take the blue or the red pill. Goa Gil will make sure that portals open up in front of you.

More details here.

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Mineli Goswami is a 24-year-old Assamese-East Indian, which usually translates into pretty good weekend feasts. When she’s not at her desk struggling with poetry – more often than she’d like – she’s seen wasting time on an assortment of things such as lugging an antique SLR, breaking nails climbing boulders, and chasing turtles. She’s graduated in history and has an unofficial PhD in Bandra-style jiving.

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