9 Music Festivals To Watch Out For This Winter

9 Music Festivals To Watch Out For This Winter
Representative image, Photo Credit: Magnetic Fields Festival

Folk music, reggae, jazz and the best of electronica: the last quarter of 2019 has an incredible lineup of musical festivals. And yes, these tunes are absolutely worth travelling for.

Nayanika Mukherjee
September 27 , 2019
08 Min Read

Tired of commercial music events like Weekender and Supersonic? Try these festivals across India and the West that are coming up this winter:

International Jazz Music Festival | October 11 to 13 


The Round Midnight Orchestra, renowned in Dutch jazz circles, will be performing at NCPA

The festival, now in its third edition, will bring together legendary international jazz performers. Day 1 will see performances by the Dal Segno Trio (ft. LaToya Smith), and saxophonist Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Trio; Day 2 has the Mandy Gaines Quartet and the Round Midnight Orchestra; and Day 3 features the Yuval Cohen Sextet and the Mingus Dynasty Quinet. It’s an exceedingly rare opportunity to witness some of the best in the genre.

Where: NCPA, Mumbai, Maharashtra. Tickets are available here

Marwar Festival | October 12 to 13

Traditional kalbeliya dancers at the Marwar Festival

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A romantic, city-wide celebration of Marwar’s heritage and the Rajputana spirit. Performers include troupes of folk vocalists, instrumentalists, ghoomar and kalbeliya dancers, and locals are decked up in all their finery. It’s one of Jodhpur’s grandest celebrations. 

Where: Jodhpur, Rajasthan at Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Fort, and Mandore.Ticket links, once they are out, will be found here.

Majuli Music Festival 2019 | November 15 to 17

Guru Rewben Mashanga of The Dewarists fame will be performing at the Festival

Meant to be a flagship festival for the island, the event seeks to conserve and promote the unique music, art, culture and ecological diversity of Majuli, the world’s largest river island.

Where: Jengraimukh Smart Town, Bor Pamua 1, Majuli, Assam. Tickets aren’t out yet, but you can call +91-6900288211 or visit their Facebook page for updates. 

Magnetic Fields Festival | December 13 to 15

Revellers at the 2018 edition

VR activities at one of the Magnetic Fields venues last year

One of India’s best-known celebrations of contemporary music and art will enter its seventh year in 2019. Enjoy live performances, local delicacies, unique tenting packages and the grandeur of a battle-hardened palace-turned-hotel.

Where: Alsisar Mahal, Shekhawati, Rajasthan. For festival passes and accommodation packages, see

Off Beat Music Festival | October 3 to 5

An event headliner poster from Off Beat

A citywide music festival showcasing Nevada’s growing music scene, plus performances from regional and national artists. We personally don’t recognise a single name from the lineup, but given the festival’s unique indie branding and reputation, it sounds like a whole lot of fun and discovery. 

Where: Over 15 venues across Reno, Nevada. For ticket, food and accommodation options, visit the official website.

Stockholm Jazz Festival | October 11 to 20

American jazz singer Dianne Reeves at a past edition of the Stockholm Jazz Festival

Sweden’s biggest jazz festival enters its 39th year with performances spread across 60 venues in the city. Featuring orchestras, guitarists, soloists, dance crews and performance art, it’s one of the formidable events in European music.

Where: Skansen, Stockholm, Sweden. Ticket prices vary for each concert. For more information, visit the official website or follow the Facebook page.

One Love Music Festival and Wroclaw Hip Hop Festival | November 23

A performer crowdsurfs at the Wroclaw Hip Hop Festival

This is one of Europe’s largest music festivals. Two separate events are spread over the same weekend at the modernist Centennial Hall, and the combined genres on offer include reggae, alternative, drum & bass, dancehall, ska, soul, breakbeat and world music. 

Where: Wystawowa 1, Wroclaw, Poland. You can buy separate and combined tickets here.

Amsterdam Dance Event | October 16

A concert at NDSM Amsterdam, part of the Amsterdam Dance Event 2018

Strobe lights and shadowy halls create a blank canvas for the music at ADE

An orchestra mid-performance at the ADE

A mega-conference and festival for the entire spectrum of electronic music, the Amsterdam Dance Event has 1000 shows spread across 200 venues. Industrial settings, educational sessions, impeccable sets and world-class musicians make this an unmissable event.  

Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Cork Jazz Festival | October 24 to 28

Les Fanflures Brass Band Etincelles perform on the streets of Cork

An annual event in south-west Ireland, the festival draws over 1,000 jazz musicians and an ever-growing entourage of fans 'across the entire jazz spectrum’. Down these smooth tunes with a pint of Guinness—the brand is the official sponsor of the event. You can view the lineup here.

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