Ten-second takeaway

Energy-packed performances and a musical battle featuring 40 bands – all at the 19th edition of Strawberry Fields.

Music galore

One of India’s biggest college festivals, Strawberry Fields (the annual music festival of the National Law School of India University), is all set to kickstart its latest edition this weekend. Having been around for almost two decades, the festival has apparently been the launchpad for popular rock bands such as Thermal and a Quarter, Motherjane, Junkyard Groove and Kryptos. So the heat really is on! Apart from the Battle of the Bands, the three-day music event also packs in headlining performances by some of the leading groups in the music scene.

Battle of sounds

Day one and two (Friday and Saturday) will see 40 amateur or upcoming bands battling it out to make it to the top five. The chosen five will then perform on Sunday, all of them vying to win the Rahul Cherian Memorial Award (named after the festival’s founder, Rahul Cherian). While Saturday’s special acts include Rocazaurus (a Kerala-based rock band), Confuzone (a five-piece metal band from Darjeeling) and Daira (a Mumbai-based alternative rock band), Sunday will have performances by The Family Cheese (a progressive Carnatic rock band from Mumbai), Skrat (a Chennai-based garage rock band) and Bangalore-based stoner-doom-metal band, Bevar Sea. Going by the look of things, we think Strawberry Fields is the place to be at this weekend, whether it’s just to enjoy some great music or to discover new bands.

Where: National Law School of India University, Gnana Bharathi Main Road, Chandra Layout, Nagarbhavi

When: Friday, January 15 to Sunday, January 17 (free entry)

Contact: +91 9663045642

Find the event on Facebook here.

Featured image via: Strawberry Fields