1. The Programming 

The festival programming was hands down the most rememberable part of the echoes experience. The festival’s diverse programming showcased an array of Indian and International artists across many genres. From Kutle Khan’s folk melodies to Sid Vashi’s unique live electronic sounds to Hilight Tribe‘s energy, there was enough to discover for any kind of festival goer. In fact, one paragraph wouldn’t begin to cover the full scope of the festival’s performances. For the curious, you can check out the whole lineup here.

2. The Theme 

What truly differentiated Echoes of Earth is its commitment to the environment and holding music festivals to new eco-friendly standards. With a solar-powered stage, a no plastic policy, and an effort to educate attendees about sustainability, Echoes has helped encourage an important conversation around waste and environmental awareness. 

3. The Venue 

And what better place to raise awareness about protecting nature than in nature? Tucked away in towering green trees and a frolic-worthy meadow, Embassy Riding School is a venue like no other. About 45 minutes from the city, the venue was far enough to feel like an escape from the city, but close enough that civilisation was still easily accessible. Aside from ambient ferry lights all through the festival and insect-inspired decor, the venue provided a natural ambience and an ideal setting for getting lost in music and friends. 

4. The Stage Designs

Bigger isn’t always better. Building on the theme of the festival, each stage drew from the structure of insects found in nature and local culture. The main stage was based on dragonfly wings and predominantly featured live acts. The Spider Stage, which was bang in the middle of the forest, served as the house and techno stage. The Big Tree played host to intimate live music performances and wellness and music workshops. Local culture wasn’t left behind with the Channapatna stage paying homage to the town of Channapatna in Karnataka which is famous for its distinct wooden toys. 

5. Festival Brunch 

What’s not to love about brunch, even more so when it’s in the wilderness? Just leaves us wondering how this wasn’t already a thing.

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