Good Times

Mandate - - Festival -

The lush green­ery, the chilly winds, and the mes­meris­ing hills of the Aamby Val­ley Town­ship made for the per­fect back­drop for the En­chanted Val­ley Car­ni­val—a mas­sive fes­ti­val with top notch set­tings. For the unini­ti­ated, it’s a three- day car­ni­val which brings to­gether dif­fer­ent gen­res of mu­sic in­clud­ing EDM, rock and live bands and box them with camp­ing and ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties. And though the prop­erty is only in its sec­ond year, it has al­ready been a re­cip­i­ent of a WOW Award—New Prop­erty of the Year and nom­i­nated for the En­ter­tain­ment Event of the Year award.

With a crowd of over 40,000 in 2014 and a sold out camp­site, EVC com­fort­ably outscored its de­but year’s attendance of 25,000. While the flea mar­ket and the many food stalls and bars were burst­ing at the seams, mu­sic was the thread con­nect­ing the whole vil­lage. The three cap­ti­vat­ing stages, smartly po­si­tioned in the lap of na­ture, brought to­gether some of the most elec­tri­fy­ing in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers that re­main un­touched, as well as cov­ered the vast spec­trum of dance mu­sic gar­nished with the pack of raw In­dian tal­ents.

While Alien Chut­ney headed by Vir Das, played to the gallery with their own ver­sion of Swedish House Mafia, Anish Sood and Mon­ica Do­gra’s sets were high on en­ergy. Nawed Khan blasted off with chart­busters, which served as the per­fect teaser to the trance aces from Egypt (Aly & Fila), and as they left the mam­moth au­di­ence mes­merised, more was to follow. New World Punx— Ferry Corsten and Mar­cus Schulz—were the most bal­anced, beau­ti­fully, in- sync duo who were the de­serv­ing head­lin­ers for day two, along with the legend known by the name of David Guetta. The EDM su­per­star weaved his magic over a two-hour set with gems like Club can’t han­dle me, Sexy chick, She wolf and Love is gone and brought the vil­lage down.

All things con­sid­ered, the EVC 2014 ticked all the boxes. And we hope it only gets more en­chant­ing from here on.

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