Tomorrowland: Five Indian Festivals That Come Close

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The much awaited music festival in Europe, Tomorrowland started dishing out the beats yesterday. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the festival and it’s going to be crazier than it ever was.

Tomorrowland has received the Best Music Event award at the International Dance Music Awards for three years consecutively since 2012. The event is one of the biggest in Europe and music enthusiasts from all over the world travel to Belgium just to indulge in this experience.

Europe has been home to some of the greatest festivals in the world, the most anticipated ones being Sunbeatz in Ibiza, Dour in Belgium, Electric Picnic in Ireland, North Sea Jazz in the Netherlands, Oktoberfest in Germany and Secret Solstice in Iceland. Having grown in popularity, these festivals have now emerged as tourist destinations in themselves with many travelers flying into Europe just to be a part of the celebration.

While Europe sets the yardstick when it comes to festivals, countries across the globe are catching up. India too isn’t far behind. Here are our top five picks for festivals in India that you should be a part of at least once:

  • Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Pune: The festival is surely the best-organized Indie music festival held in India. Though NH7 Weekender is held in Kolkata, Delhi, and Bangalore as well, the one held in Pune certainly beats the others.

  • Sunburn, Goa: Set at the exquisite Candolim beach in north Goa, Sunburn is hailed as the best electronic music festival in India. Youngsters from around the country make it a point to spend their December drowning in the music of artists like Avici and Swedish House Mafia, two of the many mind-blowing artists that have performed at India’s most-awaited festival.

  • Bangalore Open Air, Bangalore: The first ever 100 percent metal music festival. Bangalore with its astounding number of music lovers is undoubtedly the best possible host the Festival could get. Though it is called 100 percent metal, the festival also puts out different genres.

  • Storm Festival, Coorg: The Storm Festival may have only a few decent artists, but what makes it a must-try experience are the numerous adventure activities you can be a part of.

  • Ziro Festival, Arunachal Pradesh: The music of northeast India forms a category of its own. With many talented bands playing a wide range of genres from folk and country to rock and heavy metal, Ziro is a festival that you should definitely attend. The festival offers you a completely unforgettable experience with the striking landscape of the region, the tribal culture, the music, the adventure sports and lots more.

Each of these festivals establishes a standard of their own. However, in comparison to the ability that European Festivals have to attract tourists from around the world, Indian festivals have a long way to go. Nonetheless, considering the growth and quality of these festivals, it won’t be long before these festivals emerge as tourist destinations on their own.

Pallavi Sharma

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