5 Music Festivals That Make the Northeastern States Rock Harder Than the Rest of India

Posted on 4 February, 2016 by Team Wishberry

What-Makes-The-Northeast-Rock-Harder-Than (1) Shillong has been rumoured to be ‘the rock capital of India’ for quite a bit now, and it is no doubt that some of the most interesting indie acts in the country are from the Northeast. The seven-sisters offer immense support to talented artists in the form of massive local enthusiasm and gorgeous landscapes; it’s no wonder these states are oozing with creative talent. Northeast India has been at the musical foreground way before the advent of major festivals like Sunburn and Weekender which had its first Shillong edition in 2015. Musical spirit resonated through the region via concerts, small events and government planned music fests.

Hornbill Festival

Nagaland has an entire department devoted to the promotion and development of music in the state, called the Music Task Force. The annual Hornbill Rock Contest offers the winners Rs 10 lakh, and runners-up Rs 5 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh. The fest is one of the biggest cultural tourism festivals in the country, what with all the culture and heritage of the various Naga tribes under one roof.  The weeklong gala offers something for everyone - one could sip on rice beer, rest in Naga huts and shop from the Night Bazaar while experiencing a multi-stage musical extravaganza. Also, all of the major 16 tribes with sub-tribes come together for this celebration. When: First week of December Where: Kohima

Ziro Festival of Music

The festival offers you a vacation like experience, where you camp in picturesque locations, meet likeminded people, chill out and relax. If you have scattered tastes in music or haven’t explored various genres, the three days of this festival is all you need. With a slogan that reads, ‘Eat, Drink, Merry, Ziro Festival is all about music and fun!’ Ziro is lauded as the most happening outdoor festival in the country. When: Last week of September Where: Arunachal Pradesh

Shillong Autumn Festival

The festival marks the onset of autumn, but is celebrated with cultural extravaganza topped with soulful folk music and various events. This three-day festival is one of that turns Shillong into a land of fun, frolic and absolute madness. When: First week of November Where: Shillong

Brahmaputra Beach Festival

For a lover of adventure and music, the Brahmaputra Beach Festival offers more than an escape. Water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, beach cricket, and aero sports like ballooning, paragliding. Also, local indie musicians play their original compositions against the backdrop of the blue waters of Brahmaputra. When: Last week of January Where: Guwahati

Monolith Festival

The festival is focused on showcasing the heritage of the Khasi Tribe of Meghalaya. It offers a calm and peaceful festival experience complete with rich Khasi tradition, music, dance, food and the pure tribal experience in one place. When: October Where: Mawphlang, Meghalaya Due to its limited accessibility it offers some spectacular scenic landscapes and a weather to enjoy the music with spicy food and hard drinks. Mark your calendars, start saving up! Think we missed out any festival? Let us know!

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