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The Baap of India’s rock festivals – Strawberry Fields

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The Baap of India’s rock festivals – Strawberry Fields

To a lot of students, every year is a matter of looking out for one thing, one thing that keeps them excited – a College Fest.  It presents time to ease the nerves from hectic exams and practicals, an opportunity to leave all the stress behind and to enjoy some real good music. Touted as one of the biggest - and oldest! - Rock carnivals in the country, Strawberry Fields is an annual gig that take place at National Law School of India University, Bangalore.  The 18th edition saw performances from bands such as Roazaurus, Confuzone, etc. as participants, the Incredible Mindfunk, the Kuru Circus and Orchestra, Space Behind the Yellow Room as special acts, and Inner Sanctum, Chronic Blues Circus and Baiju Dharmajan headlining. Strawberry Fields, in the Indian independent music scene, is an altar where music lovers congregate to worship rock music.

The festival happens over three days, with over 40 bands competing for the final prize. A breeding ground for up-and-coming home-grown rock bands, it has been a launch pad for Indian bands to reach out to the larger music-loving public and a crucial milestone on their way to fame and fortune. Bands such as Motherjane, Junkyard Groove, Soulmate, Bhayanak Maut, Inner Sanctum, Slain, etc. can trace their success back to times when they were small acts duking it out for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that is Strawberry Fields. Over the course of the three days, the show witnesses footfall numbering in the thousands. Not only is the Battle of Bands, acting as a whos-who of possible Next Big Things in India a big attraction, but audiences can also look forward to A-list acts that headline the show. Bands such as Parikrama, Skyharbor, Pentagram, Kryptos, Lounge Piranha, Inner Sanctum, etc. have had the privilege to be the headlining act on the final day. Strawberry Fields, in the Indian independent music scene, is an altar where music lovers congregate to worship rock music.

Entry is free for everyone, so come and witness the future of Indian rock shaped on the field of grass.