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Groove at These Indian Cities with The Most Vibrant Music Scene

Groove at These Indian Cities with The Most Vibrant Music Scene

Music is the universal language and it is also one of the best ways to get an authentic taste of the city, its culture and people. From Sunburn music festival on the gorgeous beaches of Goa, to Magnetic Fields in the majestic fort of Alsisar in Rajasthan, from Ziro Festival of Music held in Arunachal Pradesh, to NH7 Weekender in Bangalore and other states, the music scene in India is more vibrant than ever. If you are a music enthusiast and hunting for some madness, then our list of Indian cities with the most vibrant music scene is a must-read for you.



The party capital of India is of course a no-brainer in the list. The music scene in Goa has always been a favourite among the party animals. Whether it is the electronic music festival or the annual Goa Carnival, Goa manages to make other cities jealous with its lively ambience. The city is always brimming with happening events throughout the year, with electronic, trance and pop music as the headliners.

Make sure you attend the following events with your squad and book your tickets in advance.

  1. Sunburn: December every year
  2. Supersonic Music Fest: December, every year
  3. Oktoberfest: October, every year
  4. Sao Joao – The Dancing Monsoon Fiesta: June, every year
  5. Goa Carnival: February, every year in Panjim, Mapusa, Margoa and Vasco da Gama
  6. Timeout 72: December, every year
  7. Goa International Jazz Live Festival: December, every year

Goa is also known for the live music events in its clubs. Tito’s, Curlies, LPK – waterfront, SinQ Night Club and Club Cabana are some of the most popular clubs spinning the latest music tracks for you.

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Pune offers a very different vibe when it comes to partying and celebrating. The city is known for its happening night life, all thanks to the many festivals happening here, every now and then. The crowd is always young, enthusiastic and willing to listen to experimental and old school music. Jazz, House music, Rock and Electronic are most popular amongst the music lovers in Pune.

If you are ever visiting Pune, make sure to align your stay with any of the following events.

  1. NH7 Weekender: December, every year
  2. Sunburn: December, every year
  3. VH1 Supersonic: February, every year
  4. Under The Tree: November, every year

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If we can sum up the music scene in Bangalore, then it will simply be called- “Underground.”  The music lovers here, are probably spoiled with more choices than in any other city. Genres including Rock, Indie, Bollywood, Sufi, Fusion, Carnatic and Hip-Hop are the crowd’s favourite. The city has its arms wide open for independent music.

Hence, if you are new to the city, or if you are planning to visit anytime soon, make sure you book tickets for the listed festivals.

  1. Storm Festival: January, every year
  2. Bangalore Open Air: June or July, every year
  3. Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival: January, every year
  4. Ruhaniyat Music Festival: December or January, every year
  5. Echoes of Earth Music Festival: November, every year
  6. NH7 Weekender: December, every year

Read More: Celebrate With The World: Best International Festivals in 2019 That You Must Catch!

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When it comes to being soulful, Rajasthan is the place for you to put your money on. A fine fusion of traditional folk and modern music, the state welcomes you with contemporary acts, exotic locations, thrilling performances and royal ambience. Cities like Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur and Udaipur, host some of the biggest music festivals in the state.

Apart from the folk vibes, the music scene in Rajasthan is ruled by EDM, House music and Techno. If you are willing to lose yourself in the rhythm, the following music fests in Rajasthan are the ‘it’ place for you.

  1. Jodhpur Riff: October every year, at Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur
  2. Magnetic Fields: December every year, at Alsisar Mahal, Alsisar
  3. World Sacred Spirit Festival: February every year, in Jodhpur
  4. Udaipur World Music Festival: February every year, in Udaipur
  5. Castle Kalwar Music Festival: March every year, in Kalwar
  6. Ragasthan: February every year, in Thar Desert, Jaisalmer
  7. Dunes Music Festival: December every year, in Jaipur

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The entertainment hub of India- Mumbai is usually high on peppy music. The ‘Maximum City’ is of course famous for Bollywood music, but apart from that, music fanatics love to groove to electronic, Punjabi, RnB and Jazz music genres.

Your age is no bar when it comes to the music scene in Mumbai. The best part is that you can always enjoy performances from famous DJs and musicians from all around the world, making people dance  to their tunes.

If you want to experience the music scene in this city, the following events are your ticket to some chilled-out time with your friends.

  1. Enchanted Valley Carnival: December, every year
  2. Mahindra Blues Fest: February, every year
  3. Sunburn Arena: November or December, every year
  4. Submerge Music Festival: November, every year
  5. Ultra Music Festival: September or November, every year

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The Gems of North-East

North-east has built quite a reputation for itself when it comes to music. Whether it’s their traditional folk songs, Rock N Roll or underground Hip-Hop, cities like Kohima, Gangtok, Shillong, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, have aced the game in these genres.

Culturally and musically rich, the music scene in the north-east stands out from the rest of the country. With an intention to spend the best moments of your life, mark your attendance to the following festivals.

  1. Hornbill Festival:  December every year, in Kohima, Nagaland
  2. Ziro Festival of Music: September every year, in Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
  3. Shillong Autumn Festival: November every year, in Shillong, Meghalaya
  4. Brahmaputra Beach Festival: January or February every year, in Guwahati, Assam
  5. Monolith Festival: October every year, in Mawphlang, Meghalaya

Read More: Music Festivals in Portugal You Must Attend At Least Once in Life!

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Last, but not the least, Delhi and its nearby regions like Noida and Gurgaon are major party hubs for the youngistaan. From fancy clubs to music festivals, the national capital’s taste in music is as diverse as the city. People love to dance on mad Punjabi and Bollywood songs, and groove to soft rock and pop melodies. Lately, Delhi has also witnessed a rise in the underground Hip-Hop genre.

You can witness the following events to get a taste of this charming city.

  1. Sunburn- Usually in October, every year
  2. NH7 Weekender: December, every year
  3. Delhi International Jazz Festival: Either in March or September, every year
  4. Qutub Festival: November, every year
  5. Electric Daisy Carnival India: November, every year

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