Top 5 Sea-Facing Music Festivals in India
The winters are approaching and soon the days will be grey and the nights dark and gloomy. It is time to book your tickets and reserve your spot for places that are bright and sunny and will keep your spirits high through the dreadful Indian winter. We have compiled a list of most unusual beach festivals in India which will relax the mind and the body while providing some music for the ears. Here’s to sunny days ahead!
Sunburn Festival (Goa, December)
Ranked as the 9th best music festival in the world by CNN, the Sunburn Festival is a mecca for EDM lovers with a soft spot for the sun and the sand. Being one of the most-awaited electronic festivals, the artist line-up will blow you away each time. People begin flocking the beach of Candolim in Goa right from the beginning of December to reserve a good spot. With every year the party on this beach has only gotten bigger and better.This is one of the most prominent go-to festivals in India, if you haven’t yet, you must now!
India Surf Festival (Odisha, February)
Fairly new in the game, 2012 was the inaugural year for this uniquely themed festival in India. For all the surfers and the noobs, all the musicians and all the revellers, this serene stretch along the Oriya beach coastline is your haven to rediscover everything blissful about movies, art, music, surfing and well sun-bathing! Step away from everything commercial and mundane because there is something new you can try out.
Spring Zouk Island Festival(Karnataka, February)
Finally a festival celebration of the spirit of spring, which goes almost unnoticed in India. With the larger aim to incorporate Indian and Western art, music, cuisine and culture, it promotes local tribal and folk musicians alongwith a wide array of musicians and DJs from across the globe. The inception of this 3-day festival in 2012 saw it being flocked by people from all over the world. The celebrations are held along the port of Malpe which is around six kilometres west of Udipi, Karnataka.
Puri Beach Festival (Odisha, November)
Kicking off the first show in 1993, its undoubtedly one of the most consistent platforms for sand art, classical as well as contemporary musicians and an interesting display of the handicrafts and culture from Odisha. This 5-day festival hosts Regattas which are yacht or boat races and every imaginable beach sport possible. It’s not a party, it’s not hot ground for the youth, it’swhere you can fall in love with a place waiting to be re-discovered, a place where you can find your roots.
Digha Beach Festival (Kolkata, January)
The closest beach to Kolkata, the Digha Beach Festival hosts a variety of water sports, live music, films screened on huge sets and a food festival offering a large variety of local sea food delights. The best part of the festival are the evenings when the sky is filled with beautiful fireworks. With sparkles in the sky and the nothing but the beauty of the Bay of Bengal surrounding you, this is one experience that you cannot afford to miss.