about strawberry fields

Strawberry Fields is National Law School of India University, Bangalore’s annual music festival that provides an incredible platform for semi-professional and college bands to compete and showcase their talent to a live audience of over 3000 people. It has, over the course of 21 years, set its legacy in stone amongst music enthusiasts and we keep coming back year after year to top each edition off.

Our history of hosting Strawberry Fields since 1996 has cemented our status as an institution that launches new talent every year and therefore accounts for great anticipation for each edition of the Show, not only amongst Bangalore's music audience but also amongst musicians and performers at a nationwide level. It has been rated as "India's Best College Rock Festival" by the Rock Street Journal. This is why some of the biggest artists in the country, like Parikrama and Swarathma hold this festival in such high regard.

Over the last two decades, Strawberry Fields has witnessed the best that the Indian independent music scene has to offer. It has seen everyone, from Thermal and a Quarter, Pentagram to Motherjane, testing their mettle against the best of Indian bands. It has seen the field at the NLSIU campus transcend into the Fields of Sound - a hallowed venue indeed for all upcoming and established Indian bands trying to make it to the big league.

Whether you’re on stage or in the crowd at Strawberry Fields – we promise you an absolutely unforgettable experience. Always ensuring free entry, we facilitate an appreciation of music to the greatest possible extent. Nothing will come between you and your love for music at SF.


National Law School of
India University
(Football ground),
Nagarbhavi, Bangalore

past headliners


Swarathma is one of India's biggest folk-rock bands whose music is as kaleidoscopic as their on-stage energy.

KRYPTOS (2016)

Kryptos is a heavy metal band from Bangalore, India, formed in 1998. They have long been considered to be one of the true spearheads of the Indian metal revolution.

AATHMA (2016)

Having won the show the previous year, this contemporary Indian rock band returned the next year to headline the show!

PARVAAZ (2012, 2016)

Parvaaz's sound has been described as a blend of blues, rock, and psychedelia with Kashmiri and Urdu lyrics. Their songs speak of experience, ideas and explore traditional literature through Kashmiri and Urdu poetry.

BEVAR SEA (2016)

A stoner-doom-metal band from Bangalore, this quintet  was named the "Best Emerging Act" at the Rolling Stone Metal Awards India 2013.

SKRAT (2016)

A Heavy Rock trio from Chennai who are known for their high-energy live shows, they set the stage on fire during SF edition XIX with their electrifying performance.


The Family Cheese is a Blues / Progressive band from Chennai, formed in September 2011. The band has now shifted to Mumbai. They have a great mix of Blues, Jazz and Rock n' Roll.

DAIRA (2016)

Daira is an alternative-rock band based in Mumbai. With music and art, Daira endeavours to spread love and positive vibes across the globe.


Formed in 2013, this 5 piece Metal band comes from the hill town of Darjeeling influenced and' inspired by the Genres of Thrash/Death/atmospheric/groove/progressive and oriental metal.


Rocazaurus are a classic metal band, with one aim in mind - to preserve the pure metal genre through some pure headbanging music.


The Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate is a Carnatic Rock band fronted by guitar virtuoso Baiju Dharmajan. After a long and successful stint with the iconic Indian rock band Motherjane, Baiju infused his carnatic inspired guitar playing styles into the compositions he's created with the Baiju Dharmajan Syndicate.


Space Behind The Yellow Room is a project that tries to break out of the structure of things. It is a Post Rock/Space band that is mainly instrumental, but uses minimal vocals.


This Delhi based band was formed in 2013. With influences ranging from Funk/Jazz to Psychedelic Rock and a whole lot of noisy stuff in between their music tries to reflect the whimsical inner workings of a human mind.


Bangalore’s oldest blues band, first formed in 1991 and are still going strong.


The Down Troddence, popularly known as TDT is a six piece Thrash metal band, originally from Kannur district in Kerala, India.


Calling themselves an industrial and heavy metal band, they hail from the great city of Mumbai.


Sky Rabbit is an Indie / Electro Post Punk Rock band from Mumbai. The band was formerly known as 'Medusa'. Medusa was one of four bands in India that was selected to be part of Soundpad, a project organized by the British Council, where Medusa recorded two tracks (I Become I & Hilltop) with legendary producer John Leckie (Radiohead, Pink Floyd, The Verve) at Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai.

SCRIBE (2013)

Scribe is a hardcore/experimental/post-hardcore/metal band from Mumbai, India. Active since 2005, the band has built up a reputation for itself as one of the most technically proficient bands on the Indian underground metal scene.


Clown With A Frown is a Pop/Funk Rock outfit from Bangalore (India) formed in September 2011. Set out to redefine dance music, by revolutionizing sounds from the 70's disco era. The band's sound is predominantly a mix of jazz, funk, fusion, R&B, soul, reggae and disco styles blended into a modern pop rock structure.


Starting out as a simple studio project by Keshav Dhar, Skyharbor has evolved into one of India’s hottest metal exports, with big props coming in from some of the biggest names in metal worldwide, and a rapidly expanding fan base around the globe as the band brings their unique brand of progressive rock to a new territory every year.

INNER SANCTUM (2009, 2011)

Inner Sanctum is a Death/Thrash metal band from Bangalore, India. Inner Sanctum have gigged extensively all across the country and supported some of the biggest metal bands in India, including Metallica for 2011 Vladivar Rock 'N India in Bangalore.

RUDRA (2011)

Rudra is a quartet of musicians hailing from Singapore, which has pioneered and perfected the concept of fusing extreme metal riffs along with Vedic hymns. Formed in 1992, the band has created waves since 1998 internationally, with their unique sound and relentless pursuit of making original music that transcends boundaries.


The Captains Of Hook is an Alternative Rock band from Chennai, formed in August 2011 by the ex-members of the band Junkyard Goroove. The three proceed to exchange a few pleasantries but are all bursting at the seams to hunt down this Rock n’ Roll dream.


Pin Drop Violence is a Metal band from Mumbai, formed in November 2000. Bringing live energy to the stage was all but natural for the band. Gut-crunching, low-tuned riffola backed by growls and groove elements were all but devoured by the metal-craving crowds at their shows all over the country. The band split up in 2009.


Lounge Piranha is a Alternative / Post-Rock band from Bangalore, formed in 2005, and they hit the local music scene with a unique sound that could only be called their own. Ambient soundscapes combined with guitar distortion are layered on top of a tight rhythm section consisting of drums and bass.


Pentagram is a four-piece Indian rock/electronica band started in 1994 in Mumbai, India. Regarded as one of the pioneers of original Indian independent music, the band has received major recognition.


Parikrama is a Rock band from Delhi, was officially formed on June 17, 1991 in Delhi. The word Parikrama means 'orbital revolutions' in Sanskrit. They have several live performances and original numbers to their name. The uniqueness of this band lies in their seamless ability to merge the classical Indian instruments of music like mridangam, tabla and flute with conventional instruments like guitar, drums and keyboard. The band has a huge reach and fanbase all over the world.


The Raghu Dixit Project is a Contemporary Folk Rock band from Bangalore, formed in early 2006 by the singer-songwriter, producer and film score composer - Raghu Dixit. The band’s music combines elements of ethnic Indian Folk, Sufi and Classical music to create what they like to describe as Indo World Folk Rock.


contact us


For queries or clarifications related to specific streams, get in touch with the following members of the team:


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frequently asked questions

When is Strawberry Fields happening this year?

Strawberry Fields XXII is scheduled to happen from 4th to 6th January, 2019.

Where will Strawberry Fields XXII be held?

Strawberry Fields XXII will take place on the lush green field of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

How does one get to the venue?

  • Cab- Just put in “National Law School of India University” and it should show up as being located in Nagarbhavi. It’s just a 20-25 minute ride from MG Road.
  • Metro- Get off at Mysore Road or Attiguppe metro station and take a 4-5 minute auto ride from the station to NLSIU.

What genre of music does Strawberry Fields cater to?

Strawberry Fields is NOT genre specific, and we’re proud of that. From blues to rock to metal, we get every thing, every year. You name it, we have it.

How much is the price of a ticket?

ENTRY IS FREE! So come on in for good music, good food and a great time.

When are registrations for SF XXII happening this year?

Registrations for SF XXII will open on October 19th, 2018.

How does one register for SF XXII?

Bands willing to participate must register online on our website: www.strawberryfields.in between 19th and 23rd October, 2018.

How much is the registration fee?

We charge a nominal registration fee of Rs. 2,000 per band.

How do we get to know that we’ve been selected?

40 bands will make it to the participation list. The first list of selected bands will be released (via our website and our Facebook page) after registration closes. One band member will be contacted by a member of the Organising Committee and will be asked to pay the registration fee. Once the amount is received by us, the registration is complete. Confirmation of a slot shall be intimated to the band.

Once selected, can we opt for accommodation to be provided to us?

Accommodation at the NLSIU guest rooms shall be provided to each band needing it, at a rate of Rs. 200 per person per night.

What are the parameters on which a band is judged in the competition?

  • Planning and Preparedness (Planning, Preparation, Timing, Evidence of Rehearsal)- 20 points
  • Originality (Material, Appearance, Improvisation)- 30 points
  • Interface with audience (Verbal interaction, Physical interaction, Confidence)- 10 points
  • Quality of Performance (Confidence/competence, Set dynamism, Stage presence, Conformance to rules of participation)- 20 points
  • Presentation (Attitude, Appearance, Showmanship)- 20 points