With gamut of campers and a diverse musical culture revolving around Bollywood, Electronic Dance Music and Pop music, Enchanted Valley Carnival’s fourth edition saw Aamby Valley come back to life.
Aamby Valley hosted the fourth edition of the Enchanted Valley Carnival that saw a mix of Bollywood, Dance Music and Pop for the first time. While there might have been a few questions about the festival’s line-up, the experience at Aamby Valley’s air strip was beyond anyone’s expectations 🙂
The two-day multi genre music and camping festival saw over 20,000 tribesmen walking in to witness the best of activities, adventures, camping, culinary art, and music leaving the tribesmen spoilt for choice. With 3 staggering stages, an alluring blend of superlative music, extravagant on-ground engagement and 1800 tents for over 5000 campers lead to creating an experience like never before.
Back in October, the festival decided to move away from the competition and went on to create a magnificent experience with their musical experiment. While electronic music has been the center of attraction amongst the fans, the introduction of Bollywood and Pop music worked like a charm for the people at Universal Music India and Twisted Entertainment.
Over the 2 days, Enchanted Valley Carnival saw a promising mix of homegrown and international electronic acts, prominent Bollywood playback singers and exquisite pop line-up. Divided into three stages, the festival made sure every festival goer had something to connect to right from the word go. The festival’s magnificent representation of Electronic music continued into the fourth year with Alan Walker, Blasterjaxx, Hot Since 82 and Jeremy Olander along with India’s finest DJ’s like Anish Sood and Folic State joining in the tribe.
The sweet voice of Arijit Singh, Badshah’s fiery beats, Arjun Kanungo’s melodic new single, Shirley Setia’s pleasant vocals and the beautiful journey to the North-East with Papon gave the festival a new dimension!
Enchanted Valley Carnival have always set the bar high when it comes to stage production and the fourth edition was no different. The three stages, designed with the intention to portray the different cultures and diversities in music, delivered a vibe for every music tribe present the festival.
The Main-stage, COSMOS Stage, portrayed two EVC’s colophon on the top facing a gigantic crowd spellbind by the relentless beats along with pyrotechnics, Smoke canons and fireworks going on every time the beats dropped synchronized with the fist pumping movements of the headliners!
Day 1: The fourth edition of the Enchanted Valley Carnival saw Delhi-based Bass/Moombahton DJ/Producer MojoJojo start the proceedings. The relentless beats continued with Mumbai-based youngster, The Unknown’s surprise set after a delay in Anish Sood’s set. The Cosmos stage saw Dutch DJ, Blasterjaxx, bring the party to Aamby Valley with their energetic big room music. The inaugural day was brought to an end by the legendary Hip-Hop act, Flo-Rida, who took the tribesmen to a nostalgia trip. The American rapper had every tribesman on their feet with his band and DJ dropping one of the finest sets of the festival.
Day 2: After want seemed impossible to match up with, Day 2 saw Mumbai DJ duo One & One, Hard Candies and Candice Redding bring the Cosmos Stage back to life. After a soothing warm up session with the ladies on the deck, the dance music super group, The Force, made up of Shaan, Sartek and Joshi attempted a successful mannequin challenge before leading the way for German Dance music pioneer, Deniz Koyu, bring his extended 2 hour set to the air strips of Aamby Valley. After an unavoidable delay in flight, synth-pop teenage sensation, Alan Walker, brought to extravaganza to a close. The Norwegian downtempo music producer brought the festival to an end in the most spectacular fashion with Lost Stories Remix of Faded joined by the pioneer dance music duo themselves.
Bollywood and Pop music came to life at EVC’s TERRA Stage with a staggering amount of tribesmen walking early to witness the like of Arijit Singh, Badshah and more. The stunning visuals and an orchestrated light set-up and the energy amongst the crowd made the TERRA Stage the most electrifying stage at the valley.
Day 1: The inaugural day saw Mumbai-based electronic act, Monophonik, set the mood up for a day filled with soothing pop, Bollywood rock and some king styled Hip-hop. Rishi Rich x Juggy D x DASU took the crowd back early 2000s before actor/director turned musician Farhan Aktar lit up the arena with his guitar heavy music. While the crowd was left disappointed with an uneventful delay in Badshah’s set, Pop music sensation Arjun Kanungo’s let his music do the talking. Day 1 saw Badshah accompanied by his fellow musicians take center stage after a bass heavy DJ set by newly formed DJ duo Simarissh. Badshah fiery beats and quirky rapping techniques during his shot lived set brought the initial day to end.
Day 2: The TERRA Stage rewrote history on Day 2 with Arijit Singh, Shirley Setia, Papon and The Yellow Dairy. After a lengthy delay with the sound checks, the TERRA Stage was brought back to life on the final day with Mumbai-based Hindi Pop/Rock act, The Yellow Dairy. Soon after the pop/rock outfits shot lived set, YouTube sensation took the festival by storm with a soulful cover and groovy originals. While many might argue about how Arijit won the show at the TERRA stage on Day 2, the Indie-Bollywood act, Papon, stole the thunder with a beautiful performance. Papon brought along a brilliant mix of Bollywood and independent music with his astonishing song selection ranging from ‘Moh Moh Ke Dhage’ to ‘Saahil’ from his latest album ‘The Story Now.’ With what was certainly impossible to follow up on, Ami Mishra brought his mini set as a perfect mood setter before Arijit and his 36-piece Orchestra could take the the TERRA Stage to La La Land. With over 10,000 tribesmen chanting one name, Arijit Singh left the fans short of words after a splendid 2-hour show.
No festival is complete with the techno heads dancing the shoes off to some hard hitting ‘Untz Untz Untz’ beats and the fourth edition of EVC was no different. The AKVA Stage’s incredible design, exceptional visuals and a sea of lasers saw a perfect line-up with names like Jeremy Olander and Hot Since 82.
Day 1: Slick brought their A game when it came to programming EVC’s AKVA Stage. The first day saw light with Ankur Sood followed by a deep melodic back to back set with Arsh and Folic State before the gorgeous Juliet Sikora entranced the fans with her house music collection. Jeremy Olander took over the AKVA stage with an extraordinary extended set ranging right from melodic deep house to some groovy progressive techno after Victor Ruiz had to back out from his performance due to an emergent family situation back home in Brazil.
Day 2: Slick homeboy, Maulik started off the final day leading the way to the India’s techno forerunner Diatonik blasted the techno party with his classic beats including his remix of SEQU3L’s Far Beyond Saturn. Lynston D’souza as Qwiver went back to back with techno duo Audio Glitch making the perfect mood setter before the much awaited India debut of Hot Since’ 82. The Leeds-based deep house DJ casted his spell over the crowd before the legendary Chris Leibing made his make to the spot light to close the AKVA stage with a sublime performance befitting for a grand finale.
The After-Parties: With the idea of ‘Party till the Dawn’, Enchanted Valley Carnival’s managed to strike the chord with 3 stages and over 20 artists performing post the festival timings. The Aero and Pyro stage, located at the heart of Aamby Valley City, saw the pioneers of dance music Kohra, Jeremy Olander, Lost Stories, Gioli and yet another massive line-up take stage at the Carnival’s indoor after parties over the weekend.
While the Aero stage and Pyro stage commanded a full house indoor, the pioneers of Silent Party, Red Bull, hosted their own outdoor after party in the cold breezy nights of Lonavala. With NHKL, Jay Ramani, Hans Séance, Zwitterion and a few other DJs playing on rotation across the 3 stations, The Red Bull Silent party saw the crowd live up to the energy till the sunrise.
The Valley also saw a set of campers making their way to the camp fire to experience a live percussion session relaxing the tribesmen after the filled with jumping on command.
The Camping Experience:
While the fourth edition of Enchanted Valley Carnival saw the organizers went to an all new direction with regards to music, the idea of being one of the best camping music festival remained intact. While camping at a valley set up miles away from the city could be quite a task, EVC and Lets Camp Out’s venture promised a different experience altogether. Apart from having the luxury of walking into the festival at any given point and skipping the city traffic, EVC’s camping came a beautiful scenic view and a 24-hour open bar.
With over 1000 tents and about 5000 campers in place, the festival welcomed their rescinding tribesmen with a welcome pack filled with all essential needs required over the weekend. The campers were flooded with options starting from regular tents for two, three and four, an option of bringing your own tent and finally the option of living life king size inside the Luxury tents. While the regular tents played shelter from the cold nights, the Luxury tents accommodating 4 came with air-conditioner and facilities that made sure you would never have to walk under the sunny sky or the breezy night when you are not at the festival.
Activities & On-ground Engagement:
‘Experiences can’t be sold, but need to be lived by the minute.’
Enchanted Valley Carnival’s fourth outing was no different from the original idea of delivering an experience to take back home. After what went down at the 2015 edition, we at the FRR HQ had decided nothing more can be done to improve the experience but the people at EVC outdid us yet again. EVC went cashless and they did in a wonderful style. Although the accommodated a couple of ATMs across the airstrip, the idea of giving every attendee an automated wristband won a million hearts. The chip inserted entry wristbands made transactions smoother and efficient giving the tribesmen the option of using cash, cards and PayTM to refill the bands.
Along with the idea of finding a way to maintain an efficient payment method, EVC delivered an experience only a few could have imagined. From Faaso’s to Sbarro’s, Pizza’s to Rolls and spicy Mexican to a heartwarming Bhurji Pav, the festivals very own ‘Khao Galli’ had it all.
While the festivals culinary kept the foodies busy, the adventurous hunks could fuel their hunger with the most tempting adventure activities. The festival hosted perhaps the finest adventure activities right from galvanizing Bungee Jumping to a delightful stroll around the festival on a Quad bike or a hover board. With a trampoline, a bowling machine and a mini volleyball court installed inside the camp site, the festival made sure the adventurous minded kept themselves busy throughout the weekend.
While weekend before Christmas marked the fourth successful edition of the Enchanted Valley Carnival, it all felt like déjà vu and yet the experience was a very fresh one making the celebrations at the valley a perfect weekend getaway 🙂
All Image Credits: Enchanted Valley Carnival.