After quite some contemplation on whether we would enjoy EDM or not, Ankur and I went to the Bacardi Enchanted Valley Carnival at Aamby Valley last month. We had decided to ‘feel young’…go ahead and live amongst thousands of EDM fans just to experience what camping at a music festival would be like. We enjoyed the weekend a lot and met some really cool people! Besides being high on energy at Tiesto’s event, we attended one of Hariharan’s live performances, made dream catchers, watched a magical sunset and feasted on delightful food and cocktails.
Read on for our review of the Enchanted Valley Carnival….
Well, we were there for the music… and there was plenty to choose from. The venue had four stages – Cosmos, Pyro, Akva, and Terra. The biggies, including Fat Boy Slim and Tiesto performed at the Cosmos stage with all the lasers, glitz, glamour and fireworks. Obviously, this was my favourite stage. We also loved the trance music at the Pyro stage; the techno light effects sure did elevate the entire experience.
The audio quality at all stages was excellent. Pulsating beats, moving flashlights, funky lasers… EDM at its best!
Ankur digs live performances… and the Terra stage was where he spent most of his time. Hariharan and Faridkot sure did make his day!
Ankur and I have attended performances by Bryan Adams, Enrique and Rahman… none of them has ever started or ended on time. All events at BEVC started and ended as per schedule… dot on time… unexpected and unbelievable! No one had to wait… the crowds were happier and there was plenty of time to enjoy the close knit after-parties.
Those who know me know that even though I have lived in India for most of my life, I get a bout of Delhi Belly ever so often, especially if the quality of food I consume is questionable. Surprise… Surprise! My tummy was fine during the entire festival. There was lots to choose from… Chinese, Lebanese, Indian, Italian …and more. Stalls were set up by popular eateries from Pune and Mumbai, thus ensuring taste, quality and hygiene. Our favourite were Tibetian momos with chilly mayonnaise, spiked using ‘Bhoot Jholakia’, one of the spiciest peppers on the planet.
Bacardi sure did have this covered! There were plenty of bars offering concoctions to get your spirits high. Ankur and I enjoyed the mojitos in the warm afternoon Sun. For those who get a sore throat after singing along all night… there was warm toddy on the menu to soothe the vocal cords. For some ‘in between’ breather, I sipped the fresh lemonade from the food truck!