Shine a Light 3.0 Music Festival, Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya
The third edition of the Shine A Light: Voice of the Silent Hills music festival, will take place from 2nd to 4th December, 2016. It will be a three day festival that will be supported by the changing scenic beauty, giving music lovers a most mesmerizing experience.
The first edition of the festival, which was held in 2014, saw over 15 bands from across the North-east play at this festival, which was attended by around 1200 plus music lovers. Talking about his experience at the first edition, Singh, who also introduced Vans New Wave Music Fest last year, said, "Last year, I attended it and it was insane. The performances were crazy. However, the Shine A Light team required a little assistance so I decided to help them and here we are co-organizing the festival."
In Meghalaya, Rock n Roll music has a unique mass appeal. It is a lifestyle embedded into the soul of the common man and the working class people, and is almost treated like a religion by some. Electronic music does not share the same enthusiasm as in other places .It began with the intention to revive rock n’ roll, and support local musicians by Atanu Buragohain and group of friends. Buragohain said, “We wanted to give local musicians the exposure they deserve. And the bands who played for the first edition, did it free of cost for their passion.” However, unlike the first edition, this edition will have more rock along with other music genres. No-access to internet might be a nightmare for many but people who want to just enjoy those three days as a getaway it is an ideal place to be, stated Buragohain.
This festival, which will take place at a 60-acre venue, will also boost Sohra and the outskirts as a tourist destination. Buragohain said, “We have more support from local authorities.”