Strawberry Fields XXI will play host to 40 amateur bands from all across India who over the course of the first two days will battle it out to be one of the 5 finalists on Day 3 (10th December). Furthermore, we have special acts and headliner lined up for you on Day 2 and 3. A detailed schedule of all three days will be uploaded soon.
Strawberry Fields turns 21 this year, and you know what that means. It means the best, the biggest and the meanest edition ever. It means celebrating with the city it owes it to success to. It means giving back to the bands it owes its name to. It means, one hell of a festival.
Over the last 20 years Strawberry Fields has witnessed some of the best that Indian independent music has to offer. It has seen everyone, from Thermal and a Quarter 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 (thanks Motherjane!), a hallowed venue indeed for all amateur Indian bands trying to make it to the big league.
We will shortly be releasing the list of bands who after the registration process have been selected to perform at SF XXI.
December 8th - 10th, 2017
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Big bands who we looked up to as role models started their careers after Strawberry Fields. Our career has been nothing but better after we won the 2015 edition, and we have everyone at NLS to thank for that.
One of the most highly sought after venues we have ever considered competing at, and we have no regrets. Whether it was competing or headlining, we always had a blast.
At Strawberry fields you get a stage and an audience to really test yourself, get some 'real life experience'. Irrespective of your place on the podium, keep writing them songs.
Being a blues band, we were surprised when asked to perform at Strawberry Fields, considering that rock and its heavier brethren ruled the college festival circuit. However, it was the best festival we had/have performed at, the organisers were totally professional yet warm.
Playing at Strawberry Fields has always been good fun, because there’s this very loose vibe about it. The freedom that we get over here, and also the people that put it together make it really special. People from all over know about it because there is a certain vibe to it. You know it all comes together as Strawberry Fields.
It’s humongous, the place. And there’s a fantastic audience to watch you and actually interested in what you have to offer. The sound is top quality as well so you can’t blame your instruments! The competition in itself doesn’t feel like a competition at all.
SF is one of the most prestigious launchpads for independent bands across the country and it helps prepare them at a global level. It wasn’t just a competition to us since it provided us with an opportunity to learn and grow further as musicians and as a band. We urge that all bands in India take part in the competition and experience this for themselves.
SFXX was our first foray out of the North East and the response we got there including the fact that we won, was a boost in confidence if there ever was one. We think the platform Strawberry Fields provide to upcoming artists is something we need more of.
SF unites the musical community in the most exuberant fashion and to that end, being runners up for us meant a world's worth of recognition. NLSIU didn't fall short of providing some of the best sound related equipment and lighting. The hospitality we were received with was endearing. It helped us feel at home before what was one of the most overwhelming and prestigious onstage experiences.
Three days of music and fun, it reminds and gives the feel of the great Woodstock Festival. And there is more to it.
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