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Himachal Pradesh’s Folklore Music Festival Features Rock, Metal and More

Local heroes like Sutej Singh, The Reasonable Hope and Shubhank Sharma come together

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Rolling Stone India Mar 23, 2019

Solan, Himachal Pradesh-based guitarist Sutej Singh. Photo: Pinecone Records and Sessions

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While music festivals in Himachal Pradesh are usually synonymous with psytrance and then some, the day-long homegrown Folklore Music Festival aims to change that reputation. Held on March 30th in the hill town of Chail, the day-long event wants to make its mark with a spring gathering.

The lineup features a host of somewhat established artists from Himachal Pradesh and New Delhi. Multi-instrumentalist rocker Shubhank Sharma, prog/instrumental act Sutej Singh, post-rock band The Reasonable Hope and fingerstyle guitarist Rachanachar lead the billing of local artists while metal bands Wasted Soul and Vikalp along with New Delhi singer-songwriter Cha’Bi will also perform, followed by an interactive open acoustic session by the bonfire.

Another important aspect of Folklore Music Festival, outside of the music, is that it aims to be Himachal’s first zero-waste outdoor gig. Folklore intends to bring together more local talent from the state for future editions. A statement provided by the festival says, “Maybe there is nothing different, or maybe it’s the start of something different! On a much thoughtful and honest note, Folklore is what every music festival is about.”

Held at the Ekant Resort in Chail, the event runs from 3 pm to 10:30 pm. Tickets range from Rs 500 for entry, to tent and festival entry at Rs 1,300 and hotel accommodation + festival tickets starting at Rs 1,500.

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More event details here. Buy tickets here.

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