ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FESTIVAL SEASON 2017
Monsoon is nearing an end, but festival season is just about to kick-off. So we’re here to bring you up to date with the whats-what for the next couple of months.
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09 September 2017

FKJ India Tour (23 September)

 

 

 

 

French multi-instrumentalist, singer, and musician FKJ (French Kiwi Juice) performs in Mumbai this month. After releasing his eponymous debut album back in March, he has been performing at various events around the world and has now embarked on an Asia tour. Get ready to experience his soulful blend of Jazzy Electronica at the Summer House Café in Lower Parel.

 

 

Bacardi NH7 Weekender (7 October – 10 December)

 

 

 

 

Arguably the largest multi-genre festival in India, the NH7 Weekender has had quite a successful run bringing acts like Steven Wilson, Mogwai, Flying Lotus, Mark Ronson and Jose Gonzales to name a few. Taking a different direction this year, only two cities will host the full fledged festival editions. Pune is of course the constant, with a three-day extravaganza, while the new favourite, Meghalaya, hosts a two-day event. Kolkata, Bangalore and Puducherry are all set for single day Weekender Express editions.

 

 

 


This feels like a considerable downsize, especially since fans have been complaining about the lack of enough international and new acts this year. Even Steve Vai, probably the top billed artist this year, will only perform in Meghalaya. Organisers also just announced that the Swet Shop Boys have cancelled all their tour dates this year, leaving an empty slot there as well. Hopefully the Weekender folks have a few tricks up their sleeve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ziro Festival Of Music (28 September – 1 October)

 

 

 

 

Set in the beautiful valleys of Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro has made a name for itself as one of the most close-to-nature festivals in India. Everything has been designed to be  completely eco-friendly and sustainable to promote responsible tourism. Of course their lineups are pretty diverse too, making it an absolute must attend. This year, they have artists coming in from Nepal, Indonesia, Israel, the UK, even Germany.

 

 

 

 

Images, Words And Beyond (8 October)

 

 

 

 

Dream Theater is one of the greatest Progressive Rock bands ever. Known for their heavily layered musical compositions, grand theatrics and extreme attention to detail during their live performances, they prove to be a spectacle like no other. Lucky for us, the American band is bringing their 25th Anniversary Tour: Images, Words And Beyond to Mumbai. The concert will feature an unparalleled live set of 2013 album Images & Words in its entirety, along with fan favourites from their deep, widely-acclaimed catalogue.

 

 

Ed Sheeran – Live (19 November)

 

 

 

 

Currently one of the biggest pop stars in the world, Ed Sheeran has broken chart record after record with tracks like Shape Of You and Castle On The Hill. As part of his second appearance in Mumbai, Ed is bringing his Divide tour to Mumbai, in support of his wildly successful album. Tickets for this event sold out in a flash which only goes to show how many fans he has around the world.

 

 

Magnetic Fields Festival (15 December – 17 December)

 

 

 

 

Set in a Rajasthani palace, Magnetic Fields has to be the most premium music festival property in India. Besides palatial suites, they also provide options for luxurious Bedouin tents with all the facilities one could need. Some of the artists performing this year include Actress, Jack Barnett of THESE NEW PURITANS, Sandunes, Indian percussionist Jivraj Singh, and Hindustani vocalist Priya Purushothaman. It will also feature visual artists and filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard for Different Trains 1947.

 

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