The last couple of years have been berserk in terms of music, the evolution of the sound sphere and live acts. Yes, the last one has certainly caught up a lot of heat, much like It was the 70’s and the newly introduced western culture had India at raves and night long parties. Well, The scene certainly has grown into a gargantuan, to say the least. Enough of the overstatements now, let’s jump to facts, now!
The former hyped paragraph was written to get you In the mood for a crazy 2018 (2017 is long gone, folks!). The list of acts announced this year is noncompos mentis. From the rumored Eminem in India to the real ‘Incubus, Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, Marshmello, Alt-J, Sean Paul and many more’ at the 2018 VH1 Supersonic in Pune.
Here’s a quote from Diplo from an interview just to let you know how your love for live acts is reciprocated by the performers:
Touring in India is becoming popular. I think EDM and Rave music went to India in a full blast. Now, these kids are so acclimated to downloading music and listening to music. And they are very sophisticated in what they like.
Here’s the 2018 Loudest Listing Of Top Live Shows You Cannot Afford To Miss!
Goa Reggae Sunsplash 2018
The sound system culture in the country is getting stronger by the day. A lot of people seem to be fancied by the ever-growing but still subtle dancehall and reggae tunes. Go Sunsplash is exactly what you expect for such an extensive genre of music. With a list longer than what you can remember, here’s a poster for you to read:
Dates: January 13 – 14, 2018 | 12 PM
Venue: Riva Beach Resort, Goa
Tickets (Phase 2): INR 2713
Bollywood Music Project (BMP) Season 2
Here’s some for Bollywood fans too! BMP is one of the biggest Bollywood music event in the country, at the moment. Artists like Amit Trivedi, Arijit Singh, Badshah, Hariharan, Papon, Rekha Bhardwaj were part of the Bollywood Music Project Season 1. The Season 2 is already looking hot to us with a roster with names like Benny Dayal, Euphoria, Papon, Raftaar, and Shilpa Rao.
Dates: January 27 – January 28, 2018
Venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi
Tickets: INR 1000 Onwards.
VH1 Supersonic 2018
Supersonic is a brainchild of Nikhil Chinappa and is one of the finest electronic music event in the country at the moment. Just a simple glance at the headliners will make you book your tickets to the fire event. Here’s a flyer to tell you what’s up: (Need We say more?)
Date: February 9 – 10 – 11, 2018
Venue: Laxmi Lawns, Pune
P.S. The event organizers were generous enough to get us a couple of passes, jealous much?
Backdoors Edition 2 with Anderson.Paak, and The Free Nationals | 2018
Guess every genre has a turn but here’s the most-heard genre in the world right now: Hip-Hop. The Backdoors Edition 1 saw likes of Steven Wilson, Jose Gonzales, and Patrick Watson. The word for the Backdoors Edition 2 has been out for a long time now and is headlined by Dr. Dre protégé Anderson .Paak alongside The Free Nationals. That’s not it, the supporting act’s list is not short of surprises, indulge:
Dates: Mumbai – February 14, 2018 and Bengaluru – February 17, 2018
Venue: TBA (Both cities)
Tickets (Phase 2): INR 2300
The Afterlove Tour with James Blunt 2018
We think they forgot to take ‘After’ out of that name because we are in love with James Blunt. This is one artist that doesn’t require an introduction and you should feel summoned to attend the gig. Bangalore is still rocking it with the amount of live music that goes down in the city, yet another jewel.
Date: April 9, 2018 | 8:00 PM
Venue: Phoenix Market City, Whitefield, Bengaluru.
Tickets: INR 3839 Onwards.
Veil of Maya India Tour 2018
With my hands on the holy book, we did not plan this post, nada! But seems like each genre gets a turn in 2018. Death metal band Veil of Maya is set to initiate the mosh pits from the 10th of January 2018. Seemingly, it can get hot even in January at the venues. The tour kickstarts from Delhi and concludes at Mumbai on January 14, 2018
- Delhi – January 10, 2018 | 8:00 PM
- Guwahati – January 11, 2018 | 8:00 PM
- Chennai – January 13, 2018 | 5:30 PM
- Mumbai – January 14, 2018 | 8:00 PM
- Delhi – Turquoise Cottage, New Delhi (Shifted from antiSOCIAL, Hauz Khas)
- Guwahati: O2 Panjabari, Guwahati
- Chennai: Open Air theatre, IIT Madras, Chennai
- Mumbai: antiSOCIAL (Khar Social), Mumbai
- Delhi – INR 1299 Onwards.
- Guwahati – INR 999 Onwards.
- Chennai – INR 450 Onwards.
- Mumbai – INR 1299 Onwards.
Ozora One Day in Goa 2018
With the success of 2017 Movie, Release Ozora is set to align Goa’s chakra on 6th of February, 2018 for one whole day. The festival takes place on Anjuna Beach from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The artist profiles are yet to be announced but stay tuned as you might be in for a surprise here.
Date: February 6, 2018 | 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Venue: Shiva Valley, Anjuna Beach, Goa
That’s not ‘it’, in case you feel you can’t make to any of those, here’s some bonus consolation for you:
Boxout Wednesdays: Boxout.fm holds weekly gigs at Summerhouse Cafe, Aurobindo Market, every Wednesday. The venue is packed with energy and good music for sure. The organizers get international DJs every now and then to perform some electronic music crowd churners.