Escape Festival of Arts and Music


Escape Festival, one of India’s biggest camping arts and music festivals. TheEscape Festival of Arts and Festival, spanned from the 18-20 May 2012, is now in its 5th chapter and is bigger and better than ever. Rundolf Mawlieh of Chameleon Press brings to you a report of the festival.

The opening night was on Friday which I attended. It continues over the weekend with both Indian and international Performers. A lot of good dope were expected for this three day festival at The Lake Resort, Lake Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhan. This stretch of a lake pristine and also host as a perfect getaway destination for the summer In Northern India. The two main stages for musical performances are Soul Garden Stage located on one end of the Resort and Magic Forest Stageon the central area of the Lake Resort. Over 28 famous Indian and foreign artists were scheduled to perform during the three day event. They represent different styles of music such as Pop, soul, electronic, folk rock, Indie, house and even Metal. Some of the big Indian stars included Skinney Alley, Them Clones, Menwhopause, Lou Majaw, Scribe, Bhayanak Maut, Indigo Children, The Circus, The Captain Of Hooks, Street Stories, Bay Beat Collective, Ox7gen, , Dualist Inquiry and Another Vertigo Rush.

Amyt Dutta of Skinny Alley

Day one of the Fest kicked started with the opeing of the Soul Garden Stage where performances by the likes of Skinney Alley, The Captain of Hooks, Duo Mark and Diti and a few more solo artistes. Day two was all about the Magic Forest stage and performances by bands and electronica acts in the likes of Street Stories, Indigo Children, Scribe, Filthy Tomo, OX7gen, Dualist Inquiry and Auto Laser(Norway) all these performers sent the crowd into a frenzy. The following day that being the thrid and last day of the Fest saw the painters doing their duties showcasing some of the finest pieces of artworks both on canvas, paper and yeah! Even band equipment like the guitar.

The Circus

Dj Karajimo

Along the way the Magic Forest Stage vendors had set up shop selling everything from delicious food to handicraft and clothing some amazing graphitti arts were seen too amidst the tall pines abd serene surroundings of the Lake Resort. Also, on day three the Soul Garden stage witnessed performances by MenwhoPause, Them Clones, Interplay et al. Yet again, the Magic Forest Stage was the highlight of the night as The Circus, Another Vartigo Rush, Bhayanak Maut, Filthy Tomo And Puoskari  (Finland) delivered a package of bone chilling tunes, rhytms, intense and furious bassted laden sounds.

Street Stories

Three days, Two satges, one prestine Lake. The magical moments and sublime experience of art and music in the beautiful  hills of UttaraKhand. The Escape Festival Of Arts and music truly lived up to its Tagline Escape Experience. Experience Escape.

Photography Exhibition

An artist at the escape festival

The Crowd at Escape Festival