About The 16th edition is happening on November 30th to December 2nd at Palace Grounds Mission The country's best law school brings you the country's best grassroots music festival. 50 bands over two days, with five finalists tearing up the third day. In the times of impatience, with one-day hear-it-and-leave festivals, SF offers three whole days of kicking back and relaxing with live music from 10 in the morning to 10 at night. We've been doing it for near about 15 years now, and we've been doing it pretty well :). The next edition of the festival would be taking place in November 2012. To contact us- drop in a mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or just give us a call on 9538231121(Siddharth), 9620319258 (Mihir) and 9916461438 (Suswagata). Description Strawberry Fields, the annual music festival of the National Law School, is synonymous with the music scene in India. With 15 successful shows under its belt, it has become an undisputable altar where those who appreciate good music congregate to witness, and worship, the arrival of new and upcoming bands from across the country and beyond. It is here, that the bands from all over the country battle it out over the course of three days to take home the highest honour in a show that is critically acclaimed as India’s best platform for amateur and semi-professional bands before huge crowds of upto 10,000 people, on the most cutting edge equipment available in the market today. Rated as ‘India’s best college rock festival’ by the Rock Street Journal, Strawberry Fields was initiated to patronize original and talented bands in India. Set amidst Bangalore’s otherwise quiet suburb of Nagarbhavi, the festival brings together over fifty bands from across the country and gives them the chance to feel the experience of playing on stage with a brilliant sound set up to Bangalore’s receptive and eager audience, whose continual support has made the show what it is today- an institution which consistently launches new bands every year. The concept of Strawberry Fields was thus born with the sole purpose of giving bands the chance to strut their own stuff to an audience that was not averse to it. Throughout the last fourteen years, Strawberry Fields has prided itself on providing every band that registers, the opportunity to play their own music in front of a crowd of thousands on a Reynolds set up which is at par with international standards. In the midst of all this, new talent is discovered, the show has served as a launchpad for some of India’s finest rock bands, including Thermal and a Quarter, Motherjane, Junkyard Groove, Bhayanak Maut, Rainbow Bridge, Kryptos, Slain, Myndsnare, Pin Drop Violence, Demonic Resurrection, Brute Force, Angeldust, Zebediah Plush and Galeej Gurus to name a few. More recently, we have had participation from bands such as Atmosfear, Zygnema, Devoid, Escher's Knot, Armour of God, and The Bicycle Days all of whom have gone on to create waves in the music scene in recent times. In keeping with the tradition of promoting original music, the bands have a nominal entry/participation fee, and the entry for the audience is always free. This is because we believe that, in times like these, where access to good and original music is increasingly becoming prohibitively expensive, money should not be a bar either on performing or on the simple act of listening and enjoying the show. The festival itself is spread across three days, with around fifty bands competing in the preliminary rounds for two days, each band getting twenty minutes to perform their act. After which, five of the best bands are shortlisted to compete in the finals. Every year, there is also a headlining performance as well as a special act on the day of the finals, and in the past we have had the privilege of hosting bands of the calibre of Parikrama, Pentagram, Kryptos, Lounge Piranha, Inner Sanctum, and Bhayanak Maut as our special and headlining acts for the show. Ask any band that has been to Strawberry Fields and you will be told that ‘played at the prelims’ is a tag they cherish, ‘played at the finals’ is something they covet and to be heralded as ‘Winners of Strawberry Fields’ is the ultimate honour. It is this level of respect for the event which spurs on to meet exacting standards of judging a competition as diverse as Strawberry Fields. Our judging is done in a completely transparent, fair and unbiased manner and perhaps the greatest proof of this lies in the fact that beginning with SF 2009, have taken a key initiative in this regard and we post the original score-sheets of the results online for the fans as well as the bands to see. Furthermore, in previous years we have had judges of the calibre of Chris Avinash, Sahil Makhija, Kamal Singh, Rajeev Fallen, Hari Adivarekar, Uday Jose and Avril Quadros to name a few, who have consistently given us the highest and most impeccable standards of judging, which has made the show what is it today- a storehouse of latent talent, with a firmly entrenched, massive fan base, which increases with every edition. Our longtime association with Reynolds, and in particular Mr. Felix Remedios, is what has kept the show running for all these years. The sound and light set up, which Strawberry Fields is known for, is provided to us exclusively by Reynolds, the acknowledged experts in the field in India. Reynolds has provided sound and lighting for international acts such as Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Bryan Adams and the Scorpions, among others. Strawberry Fields consistently provides the state of the art Meyer Sound systems and the very best in lighting and visual effects including Clay Paky Alpha Beams, all thanks to Reynolds. The prizes too, are sponsored by Reynolds, thereby ensuring that there is the highest level of quality is maintained. Ultimately though, it is the continual support of the fans which has made the event grow year after year. It is your support that provides us with the impetuous to work for the show and tells us that we are doing a good job of it. For it is these individual pinpricks of light, the moshpits, the headbangers, the individuals who drive down all the way to sleepy Nagarbhavi to see the show, are what make Strawberry Fields so special for everyone. At the end of the day, Strawberry Fields is a show which promises good original music, and it never fails to deliver. Year after year, it gives us fifty bands- some old, most new. All playing music that they composed, that they feel for, that they enjoy playing and that the fans enjoy listening. From harmonicas with double bass grooves, to the traditional five minute guitar solos, from death, to metal, to rock, to funk to the blues, it is all here. Strawberry Fields gives bands a chance to play their music in front of a crowd of thousands, it gives all those associated with the venture publicity that they would find nowhere else, it gives the fans three days of music. Absolutely free. It is everything a rockshow stands for- and more. It is, as a performer once described as, the Strawberry Fields of Sound. See you there.
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