Shillong: With the presence of several tribes, communities, languages and dialects, Northeast India is probably one of the most culturally and topographically diverse regions in the whole of the Asian subcontinent. However, one thing that binds the people of the region is its love for music.
Here are a couple of must-attend upcoming music festivals that you should mark on your calendar:
Ziro Festival of Music, Arunachal Pradesh
India’s biggest outdoor music festival will grow seven years old in less than a week’s time. Ever since 2012, every September, people from across the nation and beyond gather in the beautiful valleys of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh. Situated on the foothills of the Himalayas, the four-day festival is hosted by the people of Apatani tribe based in Ziro.
The festival is every indie musician’s haven. This year, the festival will play host to Japan’s post-rock giants MONO. The about-to-be 20-year-old band will play for the first time in India after touring almost half of the nations of the world. There will also be Madou Sidiki Diabate from Mali, Matihas Durand from France and Nabya Garcia from London, along with stellar bands from all parts of India.
Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Meghalaya
The music festival will host its fourth edition in Meghalaya on November 2 and 3 this year. After shifting its base from Ri-Bhoi district to Jowai in Jaintia Hills, the festival organisers had to build a festival venue from scratch that includes building roads for transportation from one side of the venue to the other.
This year’s line-up has Finnish alternative rock outfit Poets of the fall, American band Switchfoot of Dare you to move fame, guitar maestro Guthrie Govan and legendary singer/music composer Shankar Mahadevan. The massive indie line-up is almost redundant with only a few new names which definitely deserves that stage and an audience.