India’s best college rock festival, Strawberry Fields is on this weekend and the entry is free!
Yes you read that right! The 20th edition of Strawberry Fields is on this weekend at the National Law School campus and as always it promises to be a rocking weekend. Apart from the 40 upcoming bands that are selected to battle it out for the grand prize and title, there are also popular bands such Parvaaz, Kryptos, Swarathma and Aathma headlining this rock fest.
Many summers ago, right when I joined the band, we went to watch Pentagram play a glitch-ridden but epic gig (their laptop crashed and they played an equally insane non-electro set) at NLS' Strawberry Fields. It feels great to be invited to headline this iconic gig, rite of passage, if you will, for many Bangalore bands. ~ Jishnu We're pulling the stops out to play with all our hearts. Come by, and groove! 7pm, 11 Dec 2016, entry free #gigalert #nlsiu #strawberryfields #forever #folkrock #cantwait
If you’re still clueless here is the history to this massive college fest : Strawberry Fields is an annual music festival, organised through the National Law School, by their student body, but with the official support of the university authorities. The event is held on the university campus and was established back in 1997. From then on it has grown annually, and has now become the primary showcase for up and coming musicians from across south Asia. The Rock Street Journal has rated Strawberry Fields as “India’s best college rock festival”. Previous editions have seen Parikrama, Pentagram, Kryptos, Lounge Piranha, Inner Sanctum, and Bhayanak Maut as the special and headlining acts for the fest. In their own words “Ask any band that has been to Strawberry Fields and you will be told that ‘played at the prelims’ is a tag they cherish, ‘played at the finals’ is something they covet and to be heralded as ‘Winners of Strawberry Fields’ is the ultimate honour.”
It is India’s largest student-organised music festival and gets participants and audiences from across India and neighboring countries too! Many current leading Indian bands have begun their professional careers through performances at Strawberry Fields, and it’s also been the launch pad for a lot of bands including Moksha, Thermal and a Quarter, Motherjane, Zero and Medicis. It is much more than a festival because there is also a competition with a large cash prize for the winning band!
Still need convincing? Its free entry!! Here’s a really comprehensive map the students put together to help you find your way with ease :