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    This NYE, camp out at a music festival that redefines destination parties

    Escape from the maddening city crowd and ring in 2016 in the most surreal way, and that too right in the middle of music. Chasing Storm, a music festival, which is being held in Coorg not only boasts of a great line-up of artistes but also lets you camp at the breath-taking Mercara Downs, one of the most scenic and oldest golf courses in the country. This is the second edition of the festival, which is all about music, bonfires, late night barbecues, etc.
    “We will have about 300 tents across the venue, and two people can stay in each tent. The event is not just about the music festival but also about experiencing Coorg this time of the year. Artistes will jam at bonfires with guests and also with other fellow performers, something that rarely happens,” says Lavin Uthappa, founder of Liquid Space which is hosting the festival. Chasing Storm is a special edition of the main festival — Storm — which, in the last few years, has emerged as one of the top festivals of Asia. Chasing Storm will present a crisper line-up of electronic, folk- fusion and indie acts along with popular favourites from the music industry. “This will be a much more intimate version of the main festival, and will stay true to its inherent promise of being close to nature. We don’t allow plastic at the venue, and we say no to drugs. While Storm is held on a 40-acre property with 700 plus tenants, this will be on the smaller scale but with the same feel,” Uthappa adds. The line-up for the 48-hour long mini-fest includes the folk fusion band, Indian Ocean, singer Siddharth Mahadevan of Malang Malang fame, and the Tamil folk-fusion group ‘Anthony In Party’, who will bring their unbridled energy to the stage. Then there’s Sylvester’s Trio who has saved up some funky grooves and pristine three-part vocal harmonies, while Solder will ensure they bring good vibes to the fest. DJ Swing, the official DJ for the Storm Festival since 2012 and holder of the Guinness Book of World records for playing 55 hours (non-Stop), DJ Sam and DJ Nasha are among other performers.

    December 31 and
    January 1. At Coorg. Tickets, `11,999
    (for two, to camp) and `2,499 (per person, day entry), on bookmyshow.com
    — Nandini Kumar

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