Gypsy All Stars, Shpongle, Susheela Raman and a bunch of other Indian and international acts will play the festival this February.
The Sula Vineyards in Nashik have, over the years, become a pilgrimage of sorts for Mumbai’s glitterati in early February. Over the last few years, the scenic winery has hosted its very own music festival – Sulafest – which we’ve previously described as the “Page 3 of the Indian music festivals” owing to its regular attendance by socialites from its neighbouring metropolis. This, however, hasn’t prevented acts like Midival Punditz, Dualist Inquiry, Pentagram, Swarathma and more from throwing down some memorable sets at the winery’s beautiful open-air amphitheatre. The festival returns this year for its seventh edition over the weekend of February 1-2 and along with music, grape stomping and all the regular features of the event, will also host a fashion show.
The festival will see the return of the ‘Electrozone’ (a stage for DJs and electronic musicians) this year, and while the lineup for the ‘zone hasn’t been released, many names comprising the lineup of the festival’s main stage have. These include headliners Gypsy All Stars (an act comprised of members of the Gypsy Kings), psy biggies Shpongle (who will also top the bill on the Twisted Records tour that kicks off in Mumbai on January 24; details), English ska band The Dualers, ska-dub act Dub Pistols (who were scheduled to play the ill-fated Fly Music Festival last year), Italian musician and composer Gaudi (who also played the festival last year), songstress Susheela Raman and Brazilian DJ Anna. The festival will also see a few domestic talents in the form of BayCity Lights (who played the festival as Something Relevant in 2011), Vasuda Sharma and Winit Tikoo.
Reinforcing its position as a festival for the sartorially inclined, the festival will also host a fashion show this year for its main sponsor Vero Moda, and some reports lead us to believe there may even be some stand-up comedy to go with it (the festival did try stand-up in 2011, when stand-up comics were given a few minutes to keep the crowd entertained while bands changed over). The festival also expands its ‘Tent City’, promoting on-site camping at the vineyard. Tickets to the festival will set you back Rs 1,600 for a day pass, and Rs 2,700 for the weekend; they’re on sale here. Check out the festival’s official website for more information, and stay tuned for more from Sulafest 2014.