Mahindra Blues Festival
Mahindra Blues Festival
Launched in 2011 with the aim of forming “the biggest blues community in Asia”, this annual two-day music festival by Mahindra & Mahindra features some of the genre’s biggest and best acts. Among the legends and stars to have headlined the festival, which takes place at Mumbai’s Mehboob Studios, are its official ambassador Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Charlie Musselwhite, Walter Trout, Jimmie Vaughan, Coco Montoya, Keb’ Mo’, John Lee Hooker Jr., Doyle Bramhall II, Beth Hart, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang, Joss Stone and Quinn Sullivan.
In 2016, the stages were renamed the Polka Dot Parlour, after Guy’s signature polka-dot shirt, and the Soul Strat Saloon after homegrown blues-rock heroes Soulmate and Blackstratblues, who have played the event multiple times. Since 2015, the festival has conducted the nationwide Mahindra Blues Band Hunt through which the winning group gets to perform on the garden stage of the festival on both days. The previous winners are Aayushi Karnik, Blu, Arinjoy Trio, Blue Temptation and Quiet Storm. The festival was last held in 2020. However, the one-day Mahindra Blues Special, featuring Soulmate and fellow Indian blues musicians, was staged in March 2022.
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Beyond just the music, the Mahindra Blues Festivals offers attendees food and beverages styled from New Orleans cuisine; a den with a viewing screen for those who want to sit and relax while listening to the performances; and merchandise and record stalls for those who’d like to take a piece of the festival back home.
How To Get There
How to Reach Mumbai
1. By Air: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, formerly known as Sahar International Airport, is the primary international airport serving the Mumbai metropolitan area. It is situated about 30 km from the main Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) train station. Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji has two terminals. Terminal 1, or the domestic terminal, was the old airport referred to as Santa Cruz Airport, and some locals still use this name. Terminal 2, or the international terminal, replaced the old terminal 2, formerly known as the Sahar Airport. The Santa Cruz Domestic Airport is about 4.5 km from the international airport. There are regular direct flights to Mumbai from other airports. Buses and cabs are easily available from the airport to reach desired destinations.
2. By Rail: Mumbai is very well connected to the rest of India by train. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the most popular station in Mumbai. Trains to Mumbai are available from all major railway stations in India. Some important Mumbai trains of note are the Mumbai Rajdhani, Mumbai Duronto, Konkan Kanya Express.
3. By Road: Mumbai is well-connected with national highways and expressways. Visiting by bus is economical for individual tourists. Government-run, as well as private buses operate daily services Travelling to Mumbai by car is a common choice made by travellers, and hailing a cab or hiring a private car is an efficient way of exploring the city.
- Food stalls
- Free drinking water
- Gendered toilets
- Licensed bars
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Temperatures in Mumbai can go up to 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Carry light, cotton clothes to beat the humidity in Mumbai.
2. Sandals, flip flops and sneakers to keep your feet comfortable.
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations and the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
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