A rush of good vibes and a memorable weekend, all brought by an eclectic line-up, forms the ethos of a live music festival. If you find yourself in the cyber valley this weekend, bookmark Echoes of Earth—India’s greenest music festival—as it returns to Bengaluru for its fifth edition on December 3rd and 4th with its riveting stories, holiday fervour, and ecstatic glow.
The two-day multi-event will be held at Embassy Riding School in Bengaluru, tucked away among 180 acres of expansive greenery. With a larger aim to explore narratives each year on sustainability, the 2022 theme—circle of life—is set to reveal itself through larger-than-life installations brought by innovations from IKEA, Budweiser and Johnnie Walker.
It is a celebration of art, mindfulness and circular life. The pioneering spirit of the festival rests on the elements of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ and the event touts itself for its solar-powered stages, no plastic zones and responsible waste disposal. But adding a musical spin to their theme of preserving diverse ecosystems, the festival brings forth a phenomenal artist line-up of 40 global performers across genres. The awaited headliners like Hanumankind, The Lojal Experience, Easy Wanderlings, Vieux Farka Toure, T.ill Apes and The Yussef Dayes Experience find roots of their art in elements of nature—soil, air, water and light.
The creators of the festival envision bringing together the essence of five of India’s most prominent ecosystems through music, art and powerful human-impact stories surrounding conservation and restoration. Bringing a pulse to the festival, the festival partners like Johnnie Walker will spotlight eco-warriors chronicling their sustainability journeys. Zeeshan Khan, an entrepreneur, Ditty, a Delhi-based indie artist and urban ecologist, Malaika Vaz, a National Geographic Explorer and Sahar Mansoor, the founder of Bare necessities will take the stage.
On the design front, a green philosophy will lead the stage design, murals and installations. A heavy focus on upcycled and recycled concepts are expected with the refurbishing of scrapyard media into colossal artworks.
Roshan Netalkar, the Festival Director of Echoes of Earth, says, “We live in a day and age where being environmentally conscious is a part of our day-to-day living. The need of the hour is now to switch to a lifestyle lived in moderation and conserve our natural resources and see how we can give new life to what we discard. Echoes of Earth has always innovated on how differently we can scale up to celebrate nature. We are working towards becoming a zero-waste, carbon-neutral festival in the near future. We are also looking to incorporate circular design in our festival this year. Similarly, when it comes to music, we’ve always brought together global cultures on a single platform and the line-up this year paves way for a diverse, conscious and culturally inclusive space. The festival is for anyone and everyone who believes in empowering the planet. ”
The festival is ticketed, starting at 1 p.m. Passes for December 3-4 are available at echoesofearth.com
Muskaan Gupta travels with a camera that doesn't fret to capture touristy pictures and believes visiting local markets is the best way to unearth a city's gems and jewels. She is Junior Writer (Native Content) at National Geographic Traveller India.