You know about Sunburn, NH7 Weekender and Storm Festival. But there is so much more to the festival circuit in India. The trend of music festivals is booming like never before. There are more large-scale music festival options in India, than ever before. However, it isn’t quite justified if you miss out the sheer mention of the music festivals from the North-Eastern part of India. With time, the North East has become a primary location for music fans looking to see a variety of artists at one fell swoop.

Often termed as the ‘unexplored paradise’, the North-east has much more to offer than flora and fauna. The music scene in the North-East has always been diverse and colorful, just like its culture. With a unique blend of folk, classical and rock genre, the music echoes the beauty of North East. Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya is also called the ‘Rock Capital of India’. Don’t be surprised, ’cause some of the best bands and singers in India come from this part of the country. Tipriti Kharbangar of Soulmate, Lou Majow are just a few names.

Needless to say, the music festivals in the North-East is as vibrant and happy as its culture. There is folk, hip-hop, indie, rock, punk and the list goes on. For all the festival-goers, below we present our list of festivals taking place in North-East, that according to us are must-attend:

Hornbill Festival
Where: Kohima, Nagaland
When: December 1-10
Why must you attend? For starters, there are 16 major tribes along with many sub-tribes in Nagaland. Hornbill Festival brings together all the 16 tribes.



It is a week-long celebration of the rich heritage and traditions. Located in the picturesque Naga Heritage village – Kimasa, Hornbill Festival has something for everyone. Chill with a mug of the finest rice beer, stay in the traditional Naga huts, shop in the Night Bazaar and give yourself a gastronomic delight with the amazing food. And the best part: witness a multi-stage musical extravaganza.

Ziro Festival of Music
Where: Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
When: September
Why must you attend? People, mark your calender. This a festival that mustn’t be missed. As the festival slogan goes: Eat, Drink, Merry, Ziro Festival is all about music and fun!



Last year some of the best bands in India performed there. Shaa’ir & Func, Menwhopause, Sky Rabbit, Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley and The Dust… the list just gets better. This year, expect a more epic lineup. Camp in the exotic location, meet new people, chill out and just relax. Catch a wide variety of acts in three days, so if you’re looking for one festival for your scattered tastes, this might be the one for you. Here’s a glimpse:



Shillong Autumn Festival
Where: Shillong, Meghalaya
When: November
Why must you attend? This three-day festival turns Shillong into a land of fun, frolic and absolute madness. One of the savviest festival in the North-East, Shillong Autumn festival is more than just music. There is a diverse crowd of rock, goth, metal, and punk fans. You can just relax and enjoy a wondrous affair with music.

Brahmaputra Beach Festival
Where: Guwahati, Assam
When: January/February
Why must you attend? Are you more of an adventure-lover? Brahmaputra Beach Festival offers a lot more than you can imagine.



Water rafting, canoeing, kayaking and Aero sports like ballooning, paragliding and hang gliding, beach cricket… and much more. In the backdrop of the mighty Brahmaputra, the beach festival has its own charm. You get a more relaxed crowd, and less general chaos. Plus, there is great food!

Monolith Festival
Where: Mawphlang, Meghalaya
When: October
Why must you attend? Meghalaya is just the best. Monolith festival is focused on showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the Khasi Tribe of Meghalaya. For those who are in lookout for a calm and peaceful festival experience, head to the Abode of Clouds, Meghalaya. The festival’s debut was a huge success and provides an experience unlike any other. Experience the rich Khasi tradition, music, dance, food and pure tribal life in one place. And yup, it’s easy on your pockets too.

So, ready for some adventure? Explore the North-East and its music, like never before.

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